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Feb 20, 2012

Corporate Tax Rates in Korea

The Korean government passed a law to decrease the corporate tax rate in Korea, however, the government has backpedaled and has increased the corporate tax rate for companies with earnings over KRW 20bil through a recent amendment to the Korean corporate tax law.  We receive many requests from clients to compare the corporate taxes, general investment environment, and benefits in doing business in free trade zones in Asian countries in order to determine the most feasible location for a regional headquarters.  Increasingly, Korea is becoming less competitive in these type comparisons in most areas that concern multinational companies.

TAX BRACKETS                       TAX RATE
Under KRW 200mil                      11%
KRW 200 mil to 20bil                   22%
Over KRW 20 bil                          24.2%

Recent posts on Korean Tax Law:
IPG will be updating the readers of The Korean Law Blog, The Asian Law Blog and The China Law & Business Blog on updates to China, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Korea the Philippines, Vietnam tax law over the next couple of weeks on IPG's blogs.
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SeanHayes@ipglegal.com