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China Lowers Taxes On Imported Beauty Products

October 11, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
China cut the country's consumption tax on imported beauty products. Effective at the start of October 2016, the total effective tax rate, which includes the import tariff, VAT, and consumption tax, will be lowered from the current 84 percent to 29 percent for most cosmetics and 51 percent for luxury beauty brands. Aimed at encouraging Chinese consumers to spend more on local stores instead of leaving the country to shop, the new rules, however, include unchanged tax rates for skincare products and higher rates for premium skincare brands from zero tax to 15 percent.
Julia Hollingsworth, "Cuts in make-up tax beautiful in the eyes of US and European brands", South China Morning Post, October 11, 2016, © South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd.
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