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Payroll in China

China Payroll Service
Hotline: 86-755-82143348,

China payroll service is one of Tannet's China company follow-up services. As China continues to emerge as the largest contributor to global growth, many companies have sought to set a foothold in this rapidly expanding market. While there are many benefits for multi-national organizations that establish operations in the country, there are a number of challenges as well. Aside from the difficulties of hiring employees in a foreign land, such as language barriers and cultural differences, one of the most daunting aspects of expanding into China is successfully navigating the nation’s complex payroll policies.

Payroll is a critical function for business operations all over the world, and China is no exception. As the country has numerous statutory regulations regarding payroll and associated processes like income tax and social security contributions, understanding these policies can be difficult for any company. With serious fines and penalties for employers who fail to adhere to these regulations properly, a solid understanding of China’s payroll laws is the first step to compensating employees properly. To ensure success, consider the following areas of most importance when administering payroll in China.

Payroll in China – Obey the Related Regulations
One of the biggest risks employers face when hiring staff in China is not fully complying with the nation’s employment regulations. To ensure compliance and mitigate risk, it is crucial that employers understand their responsibilities, such as:
For each new employee hired in China, the employer must file the appropriate social insurance paper work on the employee’s first day.
The employer is also responsible for withholding income tax from employee salaries and paying those taxes to China’s tax bureau before the 15th of each month. The rate of income tax varies based on the amount of the employee’s taxable salary and on any potential tax exemption status.
Both the employer and employees are required to contribute to the Social Insurance and Housing Funds. These contributions must be paid to the Bureau of Labor Insurance, National Health Insurance Council and the Employee Pension Board before the 15th of the following month.

Payroll in China -- Proper Compensation Ensuring
In addition to meeting the above regulations, the employer must ensure that all payments are accurate and include the appropriate deductions and withholdings. The following are some basic concepts to ensure all employees are compensated correctly:
Payments should include all compensation owed to an employee, including salary, bonuses, allowances, overtime and severance pay.
The employer can withhold non-statutory deductions, such as unpaid leave or loan repayments.
It is also the employer’s responsibility to deduct Social Insurance contributions, like pension, medical insurance, unemployment insurance, maternity insurance and occupational injury insurance, on behalf of their employees.
Employers are required to deduct a withholding tax from each employee, which covers income tax, shares tax, bonus tax and severance tax.

Payroll in China -- Social Insurance and Housing Funds
What can be even more difficult for employers to understand when hiring employees in China is managing contributions for the country’s Social Insurance and Housing schemes, which vary from region to region. Consider the following:
The amount of social insurance contributions are adjusted each year for every city, with the amount determined by using the average salary in each city.
Respective city officials often implement the changes at different times, increasing the administrative burden of the employer.
Employers must also be aware of the amount of the employee tax deductible for the Housing Fund of each region, in order to avoid incorrect tax computations and the resulting complications.
Since the related regulations about payroll in China may vary from year to year and city to city, enterprise managers should understand payroll in China timely and thoroughly.

Payroll in China –Tannet’s Services
Tannet is a team of highly experienced payroll specialists having an in-depth understanding of the nuances of China’s payroll regulations and stay on top of all changing legislation and contribution schedules. Our company’s industry-leading management payroll services can help any multi-national corporation ensure their employees receive on-time and accurate compensation, while meeting compliance with all local and national regulations.

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