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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... of non-residential properties. "The legal sector has repeatedly expressed to us their worries about the risk of keeping the money," Tsang wrote, without elaborating on the nature of the risk. ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legco filibuster on stamp duty puts more than HK$4b at stake, lawyers warn

    Posted Jul 14th 2014, 05:57am by Austin Chiu, Sandy Li

    ... of Centaline Property's residential department, estimated the sum could have risen to HK$10 billion by now. Property buyers were not sheltered by compulsory insurance against professional ... that filibustering in the Legislative Council had delayed passing of the measure. A large portion of the "enormous amount" of tax collected arose from purchases of non-residential properties, Tsang ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553517/legco-filibuster-stamp-duty-puts-more-hk4b-stake
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Stamp duty relief for corporate property buyers set to be voted down

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 04:29am by JEFFIE LAM

    ... Jeffie Lam jeffie.lam@scmp.com People Power does U-turn again on help for corporate property buyers Stamp duty change set to be blocked An amendment to stamp duty legislation to give ... to object to the proposal from pan-democrat Kenneth Leung. The amendment, to legislation to impose a doubling of stamp duty on most property purchases, will be put to a vote in the Legislative ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1554350/stamp-duty-relief-corporate-property-buyers-set-be-voted-down
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central a danger to the Hong Kong property market, Barclays Bank warns

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 11:52pm by Joyce Ng, Jeanny Yu and Ray Chan

    ... Occupy 'a danger to property market' "Unexpected shocks" like the planned Occupy Central protest could trigger a property market slump, leading international bank Barclays warned yesterday. And it would take Hong Kong longer to recover than after the crashes of 2003 and 2008, it said. Barclays said prices had deviated too much from fundamentals, making the property ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549994/occupy-central-danger-property-market-warns-barclays-bank
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Concern group calls on Hong Kong to oppose candidate screening in 2017 election

    Posted Jul 26th 2014, 04:09am by JEFFIE LAM, Gary Cheung and Ada Lee

    ... concern group includes three Democratic Party members as well as Centaline Property Agency boss Shih Wing-ching and Andy Ho On-tat, who was information coordinator for former chief executive ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1559289/concern-group-calls-hong-kong-oppose-candidate-screening-2017
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law to affirm double stamp duty passed, 17 months after levy came in

    Posted Jul 16th 2014, 04:15am by PHILE SIU, Ada Lee

    ... Phila Siu and Ada Lee The extra tax, which has been levied on almost all property purchases since early last year, voted into law before Legco’s summer break Doubling of stamp duty at last passed Legislation doubling the stamp duty on most property purchases was finally passed by lawmakers last night, just before the Legislative Council enters its three-month summer recess. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1555049/law-affirm-double-stamp-duty-passed-17-months-after-levy-came
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Parties' Legco voting records show a blurring of political lines, Post finds

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Stuart Lau

    ... Business-unfriendly policies such as doubling the property stamp duty have pushed the Liberal Party- a traditional ally of the government- closer to its most vocal critics, the pan-democrats. ... opposing almost half of the other's motions. The unclear battle lines were highlighted by the vote on the doubling of the property stamp duty to curb speculation, a brainchild of Chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557132/parties-legco-voting-records-show-blurring-political-lines-post-finds
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Still keen on 'one man, one vote'? New poll will check out Hongkongers' latest reform views

    Posted Jul 22nd 2014, 03:58am by Gary Cheung

    ... as Centaline Property Agency boss Shih Wing-ching and Andy Ho On-tat, who used to be information coordinator for former chief executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen. Respondents will be asked questions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1557045/still-keen-one-man-one-vote-new-poll-will-check-out-hongkongers
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Full text: CY Leung’s 2014 Annual Report

    Posted Jun 24th 2014, 09:49pm

    ... (i.e. before the introduction of the relevant measures). Residential property prices also decreased slightly (around 0.6%) in the first quarter of 2014. • The Government has adopted ... and housing supply in the short, medium and long terms. We have implemented measures to effectively manage demand and curb rising property prices. The Government has set our first-ever official ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1539724/full-text-cy-leungs-2014-annual-report
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    HSBC backtracks on Occupy Central as reason for downgrading Hong Kong’s outlook

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 11:22pm by Joyce Ng

    ... was updated to suggest the residential market was the main reason for concern. Macau plans Occupy-style public vote on universal suffrage and chief executive The amended version read: "We reduce Hong Kong to 'underweight' on the risk of weak residential real estate prices, the slowdown in mainland tourist arrivals, the market's link to US interest rates (the Federal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1549269/hsbc-downgrades-outlook-hong-kong-economy-partly-occupy-central-fears

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