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China's central gov't fiscal revenue growth slows


17:31, June 27, 2013

BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- China's central government saw its fiscal revenue growth slow down in 2012 and may struggle to meet this year's target, said a government report Thursday.

Last year, the central government had a fiscal revenue of 5.62 trillion yuan (910 billion U.S. dollars), a year-on-year increase of 9.4 percent, said the State Council's report on the central government's final accounts for 2012.

In 2011, central fiscal revenue increased by 20.8 percent from the previous year.

The slowdown was caused by low growth and reduction of tax revenues that went to the central treasury, said the report submitted to the bi-monthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature..

For instance, revenue from value-added tax in the domestic market only met 97.2 percent of the budgeted target because industrial performance was poor.

This year the central government may be under great pressure to achieve the full-year target of 7-percent growth, Finance Minister Lou Jiwei said when elaborating on the report to lawmakers.

In the first four months of this year, central fiscal revenue dropped by 0.8 percent from the same period of last year, largely due to the slowdown of economic growth and the policies of structural tax reductions, according to the report.

In the next few months, industrial output growth may continue to slow down and enterprises may report less profits, which will set back fiscal revenue growth, Lou said.

A pilot program to replace business tax with value-added tax (VAT) in some service sectors, such as logistics which will be expanded to the whole country in August, is also likely to reduce central government revenue, he added.

Since the beginning of last year, China has adopted a raft of tax-cutting measures to help alleviate burdens for businesses and individuals and serve the country's economic restructuring.

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