Welcome to Herbert Smith Freehills’ new monthly private wealth industry updates in Asia.

Every month we survey ten Asian jurisdictions for legal developments concerning trust and estate planning which are of interest to the private wealth industry, and provide a succinct summary in a table format.  The jurisdictions covered in the update are Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. We hope that these updates will prove to be a useful resource to keep private clients, business people, and lawyers abreast of legal updates in the region.


China extends individual income tax to worldwide income

China’s tax authorities are tightening individual income tax law by extending the scope to income earned globally.

The new individual income tax law came into effect in January 2019. Under the reform, tax will be imposed on the worldwide income of employees deemed as PRC residents for taxation purposes. A tax resident is defined as any China-domiciled individual, those who habitually reside in China because of their legal residency status, family, or economic ties or anyone who spends at least 183 days in a tax year in the country. It remains to be seen how the law is enforced. Recently, employees of some SOEs based in Hong Kong have been required to declare their 2019 salaries and make up any shortfall caused by the different tax rates in Mainland and Hong Kong.

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