China M&A Tax Issues - Installment 2: Ordinary versus Special Reorganizations in Share Deals and Asset Deals

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The M&A rules recognize a deal as either an ordinary reorganization or a special reorganization, and different tax treatments apply accordingly. In terms of acquisitions, the major difference in tax treatment between ordinary and special reorganizations is the tax basis used for calculating the gain/loss from the transaction and the time point at which this gain/loss is recognized. Furthermore, according to Article 7 of the M&A rules, an acquisition between a domestic Chinese enterprise and a foreign enterprise (which in this case includes those domiciled in Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan) must meet one of the additional conditions below in order to qualify as a special reorganization1[1]......

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