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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Market changes call for stamp duty alternative

    Posted May 15th 2013, 02:00am by ROGER NISSIM

    ... for stamp duty alternative Is now the right time to replace the Buyers Stamp Duty? Following the inertia of the previous two administrations as regards land supply, the current administration has ... in 1997/8. The current Buyers Stamp Duty (BSD) is only really effective in a rising market and a more equitable form of tax such as a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) now needs to be planned ...

  2. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Housing medicine not curing the problem

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by Gordon Tse

    ... Gordon Tse While the government has announced steps to ease housing shortages in the medium term, they are unlikely to cool prices in the near term Alternative medicine won't cureproblems Hong Kong's housing sector seems to have developed a resistance to any medicine prescribed by the government. Take the special stamp duty, for example. This punitive short-term ...

  3. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Harsh realities of market stymie Leung Chun-ying's housing goals

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 04:49am by NICHOLAS BROOKE

    ... following the introduction of the new stamp duty measures, the appetite for new product has returned with active competition around new releases as developers offer incentives. Sale volumes, ...

  4. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Heavier taxes on homes held in companies make London hotels an attractive option

    Posted Jun 10th 2014, 11:22am by JAMES INNES

    ... higher stamp duty land tax and the annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED). ATED now applies to properties over £2 million (HK$26 million) in value, with an annual tax of between £15,400 ... between £500,000 and £1 million. With stamp duty set at 15 per cent for these properties, many investors are beginning to look at their options. Investors can buy residential property as a British ...

  5. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Government needs better ways to rein in property prices

    Posted Apr 10th 2013, 12:00am by Leland Sun

    ... the government and related agencies have intervened in the property market no fewer than 25 times, introducing additional stamp duties- a Special Stamp Duty and a Buyers' Stamp Duty- and mandating banks to lower their maximum mortgage advance ratios and run increased interest rate stress-test scenarios. Most recently, it doubled ad valorem stamp duty rates. Given Hong Kong's fixed ...

  6. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    British budget tightens taxation of homes held by non-residents

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 03:21pm by KATIE GRAVES

    ... Katie Graves Higher rate of stamp duty tax will be applied to homes people own by way of corporate entities British budget hits non-resident property owners In tax terms, Britain's ... The proposals will adversely affect more owners than originally thought To discourage the use of companies and other "envelopes", first, a higher rate of stamp duty land tax will be charged ...

  7. Property - International - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Changes to UK property taxes to take effect in April

    Posted Jan 02nd 2013, 12:00am by HOWARD BILTON

    ... ownership also facilitated the avoidance of stamp duty as any subsequent sale of the property could be effected by a transfer of the shares in the company, leaving title to the property in Britain unaltered. This would mean the incoming purchaser avoided stamp duty and allowed the seller to charge more or made it easier to sell as it was cheaper for the buyer, or a bit of both. Offshore ...

  8. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Local investors need to do their homework on overseas property

    Posted Jun 26th 2013, 12:00am by JAMES HALL

    ... as well as the company they are making a purchase through. A key factor for consideration is entry costs, including legal fees and stamp duties. Questions that need to be asked include: ... tax when selling the property. As a foreign investor, any income derived in the UK is subject to income tax. However, income tax payable can be offset against holding costs. Stamp duty ...

  9. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    We must reform how we price the land we need for new homes

    Posted Sep 04th 2013, 12:00am by CHARLES CHAN

    ... Any shortfall in supply will result in increases in home prices, which further stimulate demand, resulting in a vicious price spiral. Although administrative measures such as increased stamp duties have successfully dampened demand, the real solution to this price spiral lies in an increase in the supply of homes. The development of new towns, from Tsuen Wan and Kwun Tong to Tseung ...

  10. Property - Hong Kong & China - CONCRETE ANALYSIS

    Clear plan needed to address land supply and housing issues

    Posted Nov 28th 2012, 12:00am by NICHOLAS BROOKE

    ... increased the rates of special stamp duty to discourage trading, but also brought in a new buyer's stamp duty, which will be applicable to all residential properties acquired by persons, ... at a situation where units of up to a certain size, say 70 square metres, are exempt from buyer's stamp duty? After all, it is this segment that offers access to the first-time buyer and so, ...




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