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VAT Leak in China Manufacturing: Planning for Value Added Tax Rebate

VAT Leak in China Manufacturing: Planning for Value Added Tax Rebate

March 7, 2020

“VAT leak” is an informal term used by different people to mean different things. China’s Value Added Tax (VAT) and Rebate system is complex and can be very confusing. In an earlier post on the Chinese Value Added Tax (VAT)…

Coronavirus & VAT in 2020: “In times like these…” Mark Twain answers

Coronavirus & VAT in 2020: “In times like these…” Mark Twain answers

March 5, 2020

“In times like these, it is important to remember there have always been times like these”. – Mark Twain China Sourcing, Coronavirus & Value Added Tax (VAT) in 2020 In this blog post, we will answer the following questions: Why…

How the VAT Rebate System works in China manufacturing

VAT Rebates: Negotiating power tool of China’s Value Added Tax System

February 27, 2020

VAT Rebates: Negotiating power tool of China’s Value Added Tax System If you are buying from China, understanding the basics of how the VAT system works is a strategic imperative. What are the dangers of buying direct from the factory…

Coronavirus: Alarms & Opportunity for China Sourcing; Wuhan aftermath!

Coronavirus: Alarms & Opportunity for China Sourcing; Wuhan aftermath!

February 17, 2020

The Coronavirus appears to have slowed down significantly with factories and the manufacturing infrastructure coming back online. Cautious optimism post Coronavirus. In today’s blog post, I’d like to look at the Coronavirus in terms of its impact specifically on the…

China Trends (Part 2): Increase chance your “good supplier” will turn bad in the next 12 months. Learn how to spot the red flags before it is too late. Red Flag Assessment: Want to make sure you are safe?

China Trends (Part 2): How to spot the red flags of good relationships going bad before it is too late.

February 3, 2020

China Trends (Part 2): Increase chance your “good supplier” will turn bad in the next 12 months. Learn how to spot the red flags before it is too late. Red Flag Assessment: Want to make sure you are safe? China…

How to verify the supplier is stable? Good relationships at risk of going bad.

China Trends (Part 1): How to verify the supplier is stable? Prudent planning; good relationships at risk of going bad.

January 31, 2020

How to verify the supplier is stable? Good relationships at risk of going bad. Corporate Assessment: When to conduct due diligence on a Chinese company? China Trends (Part 1): Increased chance your “good supplier” will turn bad in the next…

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