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What country in the Asia-Pacific is estimated to have the fastest growing intern...

What country in the Asia-Pacific is estimated to have the fastest growing intern...

The Philippines is estimated to have the fastest growing internet population in the world, with recent statistics estimating 530% growth over the past five years. Close behind the Philippines in global rankings are Indonesia with 430% growth, India i...

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What is Singapore?s e-commerce potential?

What is Singapore?s e-commerce potential?

Singapore’s online shopping market has undergone significant growth in the past four years, from US$881 million in 2010 to a forecasted US$3.5 billion in 2015. An estimated 40% of total sales come from domestic websites. Singapore is also home ...

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What is Indonesia?s e-commerce potential? What are the challenges?

What is Indonesia?s e-commerce potential? What are the challenges?

E-commerce is on the rise in Indonesia. Annual online sales are forecasted to grow from US$1 billion- $3billion in 2014 and reach US$10 billion by the end of 2015. Initial growth was focused in Jakarta, but second and third –tier cities are beg...

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What is the Philippines? e-commerce potential?

What is the Philippines? e-commerce potential?

The Philippines stands out in comparison with other ASEAN countries because of its large number of internet users. With an estimated 35 million users, it is the largest English-language online market in Southeast Asia. Due to this, foreign online ret...

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What are the projected e-commerce trends for Vietnam in 2015?

What are the projected e-commerce trends for Vietnam in 2015?

According to Vietnam's E-commerce and Information Technology Agency (VECITA), by 2015 the e-commerce sales in the country will amount to more than US$25 billion. Current sales are estimated at around US$2.2 billion (2014), with average spending of US...

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What is Vietnam?s E-commerce Administration Portal and how does it aid businesse...

What is Vietnam?s E-commerce Administration Portal and how does it aid businesse...

Companies and investors that wish to establish an e-commerce website in Vietnam must first notify the Ministry of Industry and Trade of their intent, and apply to be registered with the government. Vietnam has created the E-commerce Administration Po...

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What effect has the ASEAN- China Free Trade area had on China and ASEAN as a who...

What effect has the ASEAN- China Free Trade area had on China and ASEAN as a who...

The ASEAN–China Free Trade Area is the world’s largest free trade area in terms of population and third largest in terms of nominal GDP after the European Union and NAFTA. The original FTA reduced tariffs on nearly 8,000 product categorie...

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How is corporate income tax (CIT) calculated in Asia?

How is corporate income tax (CIT) calculated in Asia?

Corporate Income Tax (CIT) is levied on the profits of a company. The rate varies considerably for different countries - it can be anywhere between 17 and 40% and is determined by various different factors including the priorities of the government, ...

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How does indirect tax differ from corporate income and individual income tax in ...

How does indirect tax differ from corporate income and individual income tax in ...

Indirect tax adds to the price of a product which makes the consumer indirectly pay the rate of taxation. For corporate and individual income tax, a business or individual has to pay the necessary amount directly to the government. Also, the indirec...

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What is withholding tax and how is it paid in Asia?

What is withholding tax and how is it paid in Asia?

Withholding tax is kept back from an employee's salary and is subsequently paid to the government to combat tax evasion. It is divided into royalties, dividends and interest in Asia, however the amount varies depending on the country.  

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How is individual income tax (IIT) calculated in Asia?

How is individual income tax (IIT) calculated in Asia?

In Asian countries individuals are taxed according their salary. Therefore those with a higher salary will have to pay higher taxes. However, rates vary in different Asian countries and could be anywhere between 17 and 45%. Exceptions of this are Br...

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What are the current sales and service tax rates in Malaysia?

What are the current sales and service tax rates in Malaysia?

In Malaysia, service tax is currently at 6% and is calculated based on the value of taxable services provided by the individual. However, on 1st April 2015 a 6% goods and services tax (GST) will replace the current sales and service tax.   

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