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China’s poverty alleviation tax and fee cuts see results

BEIJING, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) — China’s tax and fee cuts aimed at facilitating poverty alleviation topped 102.2 billion yuan (about 15.84 billion U.S. dollars) last year, official data shows.

The amount increased from 74.2 billion yuan in 2019, with average annual growth exceeding 30 percent since 2015, according to a statement released on the State Taxation Administration’s official website on Monday.

The total sales revenue of more than 4,500 companies selling poverty alleviation products nationwide grew 32.9 percent year on year in 2020, read the statement, citing value-added invoice data.

The growth outpaced that seen in 2019 by 19.4 percentage points, indicating the success of China’s solid efforts to reduce poverty through consumption, the statement read.

China began a full-scale battle against poverty in 2012. After eight years of continuous efforts, the country has lifted all rural poor under the current income standard out of poverty and removed all impoverished counties from its poverty list.

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