This excerpt taken from the SOHU 10-K filed Feb 26, 2009.
Dividends we receive from our operating subsidiaries located in the PRC may be subject to PRC withholding tax.
The Corporate Income Tax Law imposes, amongst others, that a maximum income tax rate of 20% may be applicable to dividends payable to non-PRC investors that are non-resident enterprises, to the extent that such dividends are derived from sources within the PRC, and the State Council has reduced such rate to 10% through the Implementing Regulations for the PRC Corporate Income Tax Law. A lower withholding tax rate will be applied if there is a tax treaty arrangement between China and the jurisdiction of the foreign holding companies, such as Hong Kong, which will be taxed at 5%. All of the China-based subsidiaries are invested by immediate foreign holding companies in Hong Kong, with the exception of Sogou Technology and New Software. All of these foreign-invested enterprises are subjected to the withholding tax from January 1, 2008. In the fourth quarter of 2008, AmazGame declared a dividend to its immediate holding company in Hong Kong and we accrued a withholding tax of approximately $5.0 million based on 5% withholding tax rate. Except for this, since we intend to reinvest our earnings to further expand our businesses in China, our foreign-invested enterprises do not intend to declare dividends to their immediate foreign holding companies in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, as of December 31, 2008, we have not recorded any other withholding tax on the retained earnings of our foreign-invested enterprises in China.