Tax deductions aren’t a vote-winning ploy, says finance minister

The China Post
Date: December 1, 2015
By: Enru Lin

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Finance Minister Chang Sheng-ford (張盛和) yesterday fended off an opposition party charge that he was promoting new tax deductions in a bid to buy votes for the ruling party in the Jan. 16 general elections.

“The votes most likely cannot be bought,” Chang said at the Finance Committee of the Legislative Yuan.

On Sunday, the Finance Ministry announced that it would promote tax deductions for palliative care, pre-school education and vocational education in the Legislative Yuan.

During interpellation on Monday, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Wu Ping-jui (吳秉叡) said that the timing of the proposal to expand deductions was suspect.

Chang replied that the announcement’s timing had not been determined by the central government.      [FULL  STORY]

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