BUSINESS China's fiscal revenue up 3.8 pct in first five months

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China's fiscal revenue up 3.8 pct in first five months

Xinhua

19:37, June 14, 2019

BEIJING, June 14 (Xinhua) -- China's fiscal revenue rose 3.8 percent year on year to over 8.99 trillion yuan (about 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars) in the first five months of 2019, data showed Friday.

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China's Ministry of Finance (File photo: VCG)

The central government collected about 4.34 trillion yuan in fiscal revenue during the period, up 3.6 percent year on year, while local governments saw fiscal revenue up 3.9 percent to around 4.65 trillion yuan, according to statistics from the Ministry of Finance (MOF).

In breakdown, revenue from individual income tax plunged 30.7 percent to 477.8 billion yuan. Revenue from stock trading stamp tax rose 14.7 percent over the same period last year to 69 billion yuan, while that from tariffs dropped by 6.2 percent, MOF data showed.

China's fiscal spending expanded 12.5 percent year on year to 9.3 trillion yuan during the January-May period, the MOF data showed, with social security and employment and education taking the lion's share.

The country's expenditure on transport, energy conservation and environmental protection, as well as science and technology, kept fast-paced growth, up 32.7 percent, 29.8 percent and 29.3 percent, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

China will implement an employment-first policy this year, aiming to create more than 11 million new urban jobs, according to the government work report delivered to the annual session of China's top legislature on March 5.

The country will maintain a proactive fiscal policy stance in 2019, with a higher deficit-to-GDP ratio to leave policy space to address potential risks. 

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