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Taiwan's Tax Revenue Nears NT$2 Trillion in FY 2014 to be All-time High

Feb 02, 2015 | By Steve Chuang

Mostly driven by surging profits generated by local enterprises, the Taiwanese government collected taxes exceeding NT$1.957 trillion (US$61.73 billion) for the fiscal year (FY) 2014, an all-time high, according to the latest report by the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

The MOF indicates that such tax revenue rose  6.7%, equal to NT$123.7 billion (US$3.90 billion), over FY 2013, and exceeded the FY 2014 target by 4.8 percentage points, an equivalent of NT$90.5 billion (US$2.85 billion).

According to the MOF, income tax collected from profit-oriented enterprises in FY 2014 increased NT$50.1 billion (US$1.58 billion) compared to FY 2013, with business taxes, securities transaction taxes and individual income taxes also rising NT$19.6 billion (US$618.29 million), NT$16.9 billion (US$533.12 million) and NT$16.1 billion (US$507.88 million), respectively.

Worth mentioning is that individual income tax collected in FY 2014 broke the NT$400 billion mark the first time, to NT$408.3 billion (US$12.88 billion), including NT$92.5 billion (US$2.91 billion) in withholding taxes levied on dividend payments to foreign investors, up 26.7% year-on-year (YoY).

Meanwhile, collections of commodity taxes, gift taxes, land value taxes, property taxes, and vehicle license taxes all soared to help enrich the national treasury.

However, affected by the government's clampdown on real estate speculation, the land value increment tax collected decreased 1.5% YoY to only NT$101.7 billion (US$3.20 billion), with luxury tax collected also down by 3.5% to NT$5.134 billion (US$161.95 million).

Regarding tax revenues in FY 2015, the MOF comments that the government will likely collect taxes exceeding NT$2 trillion (US$63.09 billion) for a couple of reasons, including steady increase in collection of property, land value and vehicle license taxes, and, particularly, the implementation of a unified taxation system, which is expected to boost dividend payments by enterprises to shareholders to drive overall tax revenue.
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Overview of Taiwan's Tax Revenues in FY 2014
Tax
Amount
Proportion of Total Tax Revenue
YoY Growth Rate
Securities Transaction Tax
NT$88.308 Bn.
4.50%
23.7%
Profit-oriented-enterprise Income Tax
NT$401.169 Bn.
20.50%
14.3%
Customs Duty
NT$106.440 Bn.
5.40%
9.7%
Business Tax
NT$322.625 Bn.
16.50%
6.5%
Commodity Tax
NT$172.227 Bn.
8.80%
6.0%
Individual Income Tax
NT$408.319 Bn.
20.80%
4.1%
Vehicle License Tax
NT$59.326 Bn.
3.00%
2.7%
Property Tax
NT$64.673 Bn.
3.30%
2.6%
Land Value Tax
NT$71.516 Bn.
3.70%
1.0%
Land Value Increment Tax
NT$101.659 Bn.
5.20%
-1.5%
Luxury Tax
NT$5.134 Bn.
0.26%
-3.5%
Source: Ministry of Finance



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