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What are the benefits of outsourcing payroll processing in China to a third part...

What are the benefits of outsourcing payroll processing in China to a third part...

New market entrants, SMEs with limited budget and rapidly expanding companies are particularly advised to outsource their payroll processing. By outsourcing payroll, businesses can increase its accuracy, decrease the room for errors that may cause re...

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What is the business scope for a WFOE and what is the relevance of this?

What is the business scope for a WFOE and what is the relevance of this?

The business scope is a one-sentence description of a company’s activity within China; the creation of the business scope is crucial, because it directly affects the legal operations of the company, and the company’s ability to issue offi...

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What are the visa requirements for foreign nationals working in India?

What are the visa requirements for foreign nationals working in India?

The Indian government is progressively working on simplifying and liberalizing its visa regime. With regards to the working visa, an employee is eligible if they are at least 18 years old and in good health. Moreover, the applicant has to fill a posi...

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What characterizes the Indian business environment and working culture?

What characterizes the Indian business environment and working culture?

India’s business etiquette includes a mixture  of Western and Eastern practices, but  local customs do permeate relationships. The concept of hierarchy between management levels is widely accepted and respected in the workplace. This ...

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Do foreign nationals working in India have to contribute to the country’s soci...

Do foreign nationals working in India have to contribute to the country’s soci...

India’s social security system is regulated by the Employee Provident Fund and Miscellaneous Provisions Act, 1952 (PF Act). The PF Act was amended in 2008 and now includes  a new category of employees called International Workers (IWs). Th...

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To what extent do people falling under the visa category “International Worker...

To what extent do people falling under the visa category “International Worker...

One who is under the visa category of International Worker and employed in India prior to 1September 2014 will contribute 12% of their salary to the Provident Fund Scheme, while the employer will make an equal contribution of 12% but this will be spl...

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What is the significance of “residential status” for expatriate employees in...

What is the significance of “residential status” for expatriate employees in...

India’s tax year runs from 1 April to 31 March of the following year. Foreign employees must file tax returns by 31 July. When filing, expatriate workers should be aware of their residential status, on which the taxability will be based. There ...

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Why is investing in China in 2017 different from investing in the country a deca...

Why is investing in China in 2017 different from investing in the country a deca...

A decade earlier China had a GDP growth of 14.2 percent on the back of surging manufacturing and exports. Nowadays, China is entering an upper middle income status with more modest but constant growth, based on domestic consumption, services, and hig...

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What is the registered capital required for a WFOE in China?

What is the registered capital required for a WFOE in China?

The choice of the amount to register as capital is a delicate decision, because if it is too little, the WFOE application might be rejected by officials, and it could put the company at risk of insolvency, while if it is too much the company risks ha...

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What are the benefits of using a holding company for a WFOE?

What are the benefits of using a holding company for a WFOE?

Foreign investors may use an intermediary holding structure to serve as the formal investor shareholder of its WFOE. This solution can be chosen in order to benefit from preferential tax treatment by setting up the holding company in a region that ha...

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What is "Make in India?"

What is

Launched on September 25, 2014, “Make in India” is the major economic plan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.  With the “Make in India” program, Modi hopes to make India one of the predominant manufacturi...

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What is India's "Smart Cities Mission?"

What is India's

The Indian government expects that by 2030, 40% of its population will live in urban areas, and will contribute 75% of the nation’s GDP.  The “Smart Cities Mission,” is a plan created by the government in an effort to drive Ind...

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