This excerpt taken from the SOHU 10-K filed Feb 28, 2006.
Income Tax Benefit (Expense)
For the year ended December 31, 2004, an income tax refund of $37,000 resulted from the reversal of an over-provision for income tax expense. For the year ended December 31, 2003, income tax expense was $6.7 million as a result of a tax restructuring exercise undertaken in 2003.
Effective for the fourth quarter of 2003, most of our income is earned in China by Sohu Era, Sohu Internet and Sohu Software, which, as new technology enterprises, are exempted from income tax for the years ended December 31, 2003, 2004 and 2005, are subject to a 7.5% tax rate for the years ending December 31, 2006, 2007 and 2008, and are subject to a 15% tax rate for each year thereafter. If Sohu Era, Sohu Internet and Sohu Software do not continue to meet the definition of a new technology enterprise or there are changes in the taxation policies of the PRC government, their income would be subject to taxation at the rate of 33%.
Income earned in the United States, where Sohu.com Inc. is incorporated, is subject to taxation at 34% or 35%. For the foreseeable future, we anticipate the only significant income earned in the United States and subject to United States taxation to be interest income. If dividends are paid by our China or other non-U.S. subsidiaries to Sohu.com Inc., the dividends would be taxed at Sohu.com Inc.s rate of taxation which is 34% or 35% (as reduced by any applicable deemed-paid foreign tax credits for foreign income taxes paid by such subsidiaries). For the foreseeable future, we do not intend for the China or other non-U.S. subsidiaries to pay dividends to Sohu.com Inc.