China is to expand a tax cut program for technologically advanced service firms nationwide.
The rate of corporate income tax will be cut to 15 percent for businesses in the service trade sector which qualify as technologically advanced, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Finance.
The tax cut has been in place in 15 regions including Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen since 2016 on a trial basis.
Seventeen other regions, including Beijing, will join the program between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020, to further promote innovative service trade.
China’s service trade volume has ample room for growth compared with developed countries. Trade in services totaled 4.7 trillion yuan ($730 billion) in 2017, up 6.8 percent year on year.