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Preferential tax policy for expatriate fringe benefits extended to 31st December 2023

Preferential tax policy for expatriate fringe benefits extended to 31st December 2023.

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On 31 December 2021, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation of the People’s Republic of China announced that the preferential tax treatment of fringe benefits for expatriates working in China will be extended to 31 December 2023.

The special treatment was due to expire at the end of 2021, which would have meant that these would become fully taxable from 2022, meaning housing allowance, school fees, home leave trips, and other allowances would have been subject to taxable.

This extension, along with the other regional policies of tax rebates for key individuals to effectively reduce the tax burden, such as that in Shenzhen, is extremely good news and encouraging for expatriates and foreign businesses in China.

In order to retain, recruit and encourage foreign talent, companies can consider their remuneration structure for expatriates on how their packages are constructed. Companies should therefore look to review their remuneration structure from a compliance, tax optimisation and best practice perspective.

If you are interested in getting more details about the preferential policies of IIT or would like to consult on taxation for individual or company tax, please feel free to contact Acclime via email:

Contact our teams for expert support and further information about accounting & tax requirements in China to ensure you are compliant in the market.

Christophe Marquis, Director, Shanghai,
Mei Qian, Accounting Services Director,
Emily Shi, Partner,