newsChina: Environmental Protection Tax Law Takes Effect on 1st Jan. 2018


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02 Jan

China: Environmental Protection Tax Law Takes Effect on 1st Jan. 2018

Beijing – China started, Monday, collecting an environment tax to better protect the environment and cut pollutant discharge, as its Environmental Protection Tax Law took effect on January 1st, 2018.

The introduction of the tax called an end to the “pollutant discharge fee” which China had been collecting for nearly 40 years.

This is China’s first tax clearly designed for environmental protection, which will help establish a “green” financial and taxation system and promote pollution control and treatment of pollutants, said head of the Chinese Academy for Environmental Planning, Wang Jinnan.

Under the Environmental Protection Tax Law, which targets enterprises and public institutions that discharge listed pollutants directly into the environment, companies will pay taxes for producing noise, air and water pollutants as well as solid waste.

According to estimates, up to $ 7.68 billion could be collected annually from the new tax.

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