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Taiwan Considers Tax On Internet Transactions

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

25 November 2004


It has emerged that the government of Taiwan is planning to place a tax on transactions conducted over the internet, although an official issued an assurance this week that any future levy will not extend to the purchase of household necessities.

"Upon proof provided by taxpayers, no taxes will be imposed on online sales of individual necessities," Ministry of Finance official Sheu Chun-an confirmed, according to the Taipei Times.

However, Sheu stated that all capital gains arising from sales made online “should be taxed in accordance with the principle of tax fairness".

The official added that the government is awaiting the release of detailed proposals for the regulations and compliance procedures of an online tax before a launch date is announced.

The Ministry of Finance will also hold a series of public meetings on the proposals before establishing a timetable for the implementation of the tax.

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