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China Will Exempt Tesla Vehicles From 10% Purchase Tax

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【Summary】In what could be a big boost for Tesla, China will exempt the automakers’ electric vehicles (EV) from purchase tax, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on its website.

FutureCar Staff    Aug 30, 2019 6:30 AM PT
China Will Exempt Tesla Vehicles From 10% Purchase Tax

BEIJING (Reuters) - In what could be a big boost for Tesla, China will exempt the automaker's electric vehicles (EV) from purchase tax, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said on its website.

China currently levies a 10% purchase tax, which is essentially the equivalent of sales tax here in the U.S., on the sale of each vehicle. The move could reduce the cost of buying a Tesla car by up to 99,000 yuan ($13,957.82), according to a post on Tesla's social media WeChat account.

Tesla's pre-market share price jumped more than 5% after the announcement.

Sixteen variants - all the Tesla models sold in the country - are listed on the document issued by MIIT, including Model S SUV, X and Model 3. No reason was given for the decision to exclude the cars from the tax.

The U.S. EV maker is building a plant in Shanghai, the firm's first overseas factory.

It is due to start production by the end of the year and Tesla has said it should be able to build 3,000 Model 3 vehicles a week in its initial phases.

The plant is slated to have annual output capacity of 250,000 vehicles after production of the Model Y is added.



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