On 30thSep, National Ministry of Finance released a notice regarding the adjustment of consumption tax in cosmetics. From 1stOct 2016, the tax will be reduced from 30% to 15% for high-grade cosmetics for beautifying, make-up and skin care and whole set cosmetics. It is exempt to common cosmetics.
How to identify the high-grade and common cosmetics?
The cosmetics with sale price or duty-paid value not including VAT higher than 10 rmb /ml (g) or 15 rmb /piece will be regarded as high-grade cosmetics.
In 1993, the first regulation on consumption tax State Council Decree  No. 135 was launched. The revised version was available in 2009. From then on, the consumption tax is 30% for cosmetics.
Comparison of consumption tax between old and new tax policy
Object of tax
all types of cosmetics
Amount of tax
high-grade cosmetics: 15%
common cosmetics: 0
This is first time to reduce the consumption tax of cosmetics in China since 2009. Certainly, the tax policy reform will be beneficial for both domestic and foreign SMEs and large enterprises to place cosmetics in China market.
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