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Hearing scheduled for tax threshold
By Zhao Huanxin (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-29 05:34

China's legislation made some solid progress yesterday, as the top lawmakers will hold their first ever public hearing in a month.

A citizen in Shanghai counts his salary income after paying personal tax, August 25, 2005. [newsphoto] 
The hearing, scheduled for September 27 in Beijing, is a venue for the public to debate if a proposed amendment of personal income tax law is appropriate, the National People's Congress (NPC) said in a bulletin yesterday.

The amendment was submitted to the NPC's Standing Committee for deliberation last Tuesday, but lawmakers are apparently divided on the proposed threshold of levying personal income tax.

However legislators agreed, almost unanimously, on an amendment prohibiting sexual harassment.

The changes were made yesterday at the end of a six-day meeting of the 10th NPC's Standing Committee, which also adopted draft laws on penalties for offences against public order and on notary services.

Speaking at the meeting, top legislator Wu Bangguo said: "We have held to the important principle of following the mass line and giving full display to democracy throughout the whole of our law making process."

Wu said the Standing Committee's Legislative Affairs Commission and the NPC's law and financial and economic divisions will jointly hold the special hearing to listen to public views on changing the way personal income taxes are calculated.

Wage and salary earners aged above 18 are eligible to participate in the hearing. Online registration can be made at www.npc.gov.cn, according to the NPC sources.
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