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  1. Property tax is cooling mainland market- for now

    Posted Feb 09th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Mainland homebuyers seem to have got the message- for now at least. Responding to the first roll-out last month in Shanghai and Chongqing of the long-awaited property tax- which ... in Shanghai and Chongqing was a response to the introduction of the property tax. Shanghai announced a trial annual tax which was effective from January 28. The tax will be levied annually at a rate ...

  2. Mainland curbs on property draw split views

    Posted Jan 29th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Analysts agree that the central government is serious about cooling down the overheated property market, but they differ sharply over whether Beijing's measures will work- ... on house prices, forcing them down. 'The new measures demonstrate the government's determination to rein in property prices, as well as its concerns about an asset bubble and inequality ...

  3. Minister pitches for wider property tax

    Posted Oct 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ed Zhang in Beijing ed.zhang@scmp.com A senior Ministry of Finance official has called on national lawmakers to extend a pilot property-tax scheme- the first of its kind on the mainland- ... to establish a national property-tax policy, to further expand the role it has in controlling housing prices and regulating the market,' Wang was quoted by Xinhua as saying yesterday. A tax ...

  4. Official records on property prices not verified

    Posted Jul 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor says the Land Registry, which lets the public search its data on real estate deals, does not verify whether the property prices it records are genuine. Lawmakers say the omission creates a loophole that property agents can exploit and lowers the government's revenue in stamp duties. At a Legislative Council meeting yesterday, ...

  5. New levies aimed at property speculators

    Posted Dec 18th 2006, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Mainland authorities are poised to introduce new levies on homeowners, in part to curb the speculation that has been blamed for the overheated property market. Quoting Vice-Minister of Construction Liu Zhifeng, the Beijing News reported yesterday that people buying homes- especially larger properties- would have to pay more under the new tax initiative. Speaking ...

  6. What the SFC's new disclosure law discloses about the SFC

    Posted Apr 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and it now wants to use the money to get into the property investment business, which is, of course, a natural line of work for a regulator. But I really shouldn't object too much ... another law to send new- issue sponsors to jail if they make fraudulent claims about the companies they sponsor. We already have perfectly good laws against fraud and these could serve the purpose ...

  7. Tax officials to home in on hot property sector

    Posted Apr 15th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter Tax authorities on the mainland have targeted the red-hot property sector for special checks this year, as prices in some cities remain stubbornly high despite macroeconomic ... of property firms that 'under-report earnings but inflate incurred costs', Xinhua reported on Friday. 'Our focus is to check on a handful of real estate enterprises which don't ...

  8. Grounds for cooling the heat over property prices

    Posted Apr 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and property are good investments. It still seems to hold true most of the time. Problems arise only when investing turns into speculation. This happens when housing prices escalate rapidly ... it finally bursts. In Hong Kong, the government has tightly restricted the supply of land for over a decade, ever since the bursting of the property bubble in 1998. As a result, there has been ...

  9. Shanghai tax plans push flat movements up

    Posted Jan 26th 2011, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Yvonne Liu Shanghai's plan to impose property tax led to a sharp increase in property sales this month. Data by Midland China Research Centre showed a total of 8,291 new flats ... a 0.5 to 0.6 per cent tax on the value of new properties if per-person ownership exceeded 60 to 70 square metres. ...

  10. Tax rumour drags down developers

    Posted Jan 11th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Shares of mainland developers came under pressure after yet another rumour about the launch of the long-awaited property tax. The Ministry of Finance has agreed in principle to allow Chongqing to impose a property tax in the first quarter of this year, Xinhua said, citing unidentified sources. Shanghai is also expected to levy the new tax in the first quarter, ...




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