China inheritance tax not to come any time soon

At the end of last month, in response to an inquiry by a member from National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferrence, China State Administration of Taxes published on its website its reply. It said:

(1) China has not levied inheritance taxes so far, and has never published any regulation on this or even any draft regulation on inheritance…

Notarize your will to avoid trouble for your heirs/beneficiaries thereunder

Every year I deal with quite a few inheritance cases (litigious or non-litigious) involving foreigners inheriting estate (properties, shares and bank deposits) in China.

Very often, there is a written will produced by one heir to support his or her claim over the estate. The problem is that these wills are not properly notarized, leaving a great deal of uncertainty…