Tax return form bilingual
I refer to the letter headlined, 'Guess the taxpayer's language', which appeared in the South China Morning Post, on June 9, from 'Name and Address Supplied'.
Your reader indicated that he likes to receive an instruction booklet in English language to accompany the tax return issued to him for completion.
The particular return referred to by your reader should be the 'Tax Return - Individuals', which is printed in a bilingual format.
However, the accompanying 'Notes on How to Complete Tax Return - Individuals' are printed and issued separately in English and Chinese language for purposes, such as paper economy, readability and cost efficiency.
This practice was introduced for returns from the year of assessment 1995/96 onwards. In the first year of implementation, the Inland Revenue Department issued the Chinese version of booklets to taxpayers whose names carried Chinese character codes in our records and the English booklets were issued to the others.
Taxpayers can indicate their choice of preferred version for any subsequent years by ticking the appropriate box in the last part of the return. The preferred version of the booklet will then be issued until further notice.
I hope the above clarifies the position to your reader.
If any further information is needed, your reader is welcome to telephone me at 2594 5355.
WONG KA-WAI Complaints Officer, Inland Revenue Department