The following goods or services are exempted from the business tax:
1. The sale of land.
2. The water supplied to farmland for irrigation.
3. The medical services, medicine, ward lodging and meals provided by hospitals, clinics and sanitariums.
4. The social welfare services provided by social welfare organizations or institutions or labor organizations, duly established with permission of the competent authority, and social welfare services consigned by the government.
5. The education services offered by schools, kindergartens, and other educational and cultural institutions including cultural services offered under government's consignment.
6. Publication which are textbooks authorized by education authorities for use at various levels of schools and important specialized academic writings awarded by the government according to the law issued by the publishing industry.
8. The goods or services sold by student-run shops of vocational schools which do not serve outsiders.
9. Newspapers, magazines, news letters, advertisements, television and broadcasting programs produced and sold by legally registered newspaper and magazine publishers, news agencies, and television and broadcasting stations, excluding the advertisements sold by newspaper publishers and advertisements broadcasted by television stations.
10. The goods or services sold to their members by cooperatives managed in accordance with the law; and business consigned by government to said cooperatives.
11. The goods or services sold to their members by farmers', fishermen's, workers', commercial and industrial associations in accordance with the law, business consigned by the government to said associations, and the management fee charged in accordance with Article 27 of “The Agricultural Products Market Transaction Act” for the use of an agricultural products wholesale market and in which the share ownership of farmers' associations, fishermen's associations, cooperatives and government institutions accounts for more than 70%.
12. The proceeds from goods sold in tenders, charity sales and charity shows held by charity and relief institutions organized according to the law, provided that the total proceeds are solely used by said institutions after deducting the necessary expenditures for the tenders, charity sales and charity shows.
13. The goods or services sold by employee welfare organizations of government bodies, state enterprises and social organizations which are organized and operated under relevant laws and are not open to the public.
14. The goods or services sold by prison workshops and their finished goods stores.
15. Services rendered by post and telecommunication offices in accordance with the law; and business consigned under government mandate.
16. Monopoly goods sold at statutory prices by state owned monopoly industries and by business entities which are authorized to sell the monopoly goods.
17. The service of consigned sale of stamp tax tickets and postage stamps.
18. The goods or services sold by peddlers or hawkers.
19. Feed and unprocessed raw agricultural, forestry, fishing and livestock products, and by-products; the agricultural, forestry, fishing and livestock products, and by-products of farmers' and fishermen's harvests sold by farmers and fishermen.
20. The fish caught and sold by fishermen.
21. The sales of rice and wheat flour and the service of husking rice.
22. The sales of fixed assets which are not regularly traded by business entities which compute their business tax according to Section 2 of Chapter 4.
23. Insurance policies accepted by insurance enterprises for insurance promoted by the government, covering military, government and education entities and their dependents, laborers, students, farmers, fishermen, exports, and compulsory automobile third party liability insurance, and reinsurance premiums paid out by insurance enterprises from premiums received by the same, and life insurance policy reserves, annuity insurance policy reserves and health insurance policy reserves, provided, however, that this does not include income, other benefits and return of policy reserves received on termination of life insurance, annuity insurance and health insurance.
24. The bonds issued by all levels of government and securities upon which a securities transaction tax has been imposed in accordance with the law.
25. Residual or obsolete goods sold at tenders by all levels of government.
26. The sales of weapons, warships, aircraft, tanks and reconnaissance communication equipment for military use to defense agencies.
27. Fertilizer, pesticides, veterinary drugs, agricultural machinery, transportation equipment for farmland, and fuel oil and electricity used by such machinery and equipment.
28. Fishing boats for coastal or inshore fishery and machinery, equipment, nets and fuel oil used by fishing boats.
29. Interest on the flow of funds between head and branch offices of banking enterprises, the revenue of trust and investment enterprise derived from trust funds in the manner designated by the settler, provided the settler bears the risk of loss and enjoys the proceeds, and unredeemed items where the proceeds arising from their sale by pawnshops does not exceed the aggregate of principal and interest receivable.
30. Gold bars, gold bricks, gold foil, gold coins and gold ornaments, excluding the processing fee.
31. The research services supplied by scientific or technological institutions which are established under the approval of the government.
32. The sales amount of operating financial derivatives products, corporate bonds, financial bonds, new Taiwan dollar interbank call loans and foreign currency call loans, excluding commissions and service charges of these products.
Any business entity which sells the aforementioned exempt goods or services may apply to the Ministry of Finance to waive the exemption and compute its business tax according to the provisions of Section 1 of Chapter 4. However, once approved, no changes may be made within three years.