Japan govt to cut corp tax to below 30 pct in April -sources

TOKYO, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Japanese government is likely to cut the effective corporate tax rate to below 30 percent in fiscal 2016 from April, a year earlier than planned, people in the government and coalition parties told Reuters Saturday.

Relevant ministries and agencies are now in talks to slash the rate to a level between 29.5 percent and 30 percent in April, aiming to spur capital spending and boost wages, the people said.

The government initially planned to slash the rate to below 30 percent in fiscal 2017 after reducing it to 31.33 percent from the current 32.11 percent in fiscal 2016.

Keidanren, Japan’s biggest business lobby, has been pressing the government to quickly lower the effective corporate tax rate – among the developed world’s highest – to below 30 percent.

The government will consider expanding size-based corporate taxes, which are levied not only on profitable companies but also loss-making ones, although some critics say such a measure would actually increase the burdens on business.

 

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