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  1. News - Hong Kong - AUTONOMY

    CY Leung 'notified' Beijing before unveiling stamp duty

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 02:52pm by Colleen Lee, Gary Cheung, Olga Wong

    ... Colleen Lee, Gary Cheung and Olga Wong CY 'notified' Beijing before unveiling stamp duty Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying confessed yesterday to phoning Beijing about a new stamp ... and the principle of Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong, and that the information could have been leaked to investors. "It was not a request for instructions … since the buyer's stamp duty ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    CY phoned Beijing to clear stamp duty policy

    Posted Mar 26th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau

    ... DAB chairman's revelation that CY telephoned Beijing to clear a new stamp duty last October sparks fears over the mainland's influence The influence of mainland authorities ... to Wang Guangya, the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office in Beijing, a few hours before a new stamp duty aimed at non-local homebuyers - mainlanders included ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Hong Kong's Leung Chun-ying should forgo desire for a second chief executive term

    Posted Jul 10th 2014, 04:33am by Alex Lo

    ... such as new town developments in the New Territories, funding for waste management facilities and the double property stamp duty. There is now a backlog of over 40 items before the Legislative ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - PROPERTY

    Property-cooling measures here to stay: CY Leung

    Posted Aug 06th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... recess, has yet to pass the two bills for three new property taxes: the 15 per cent "buyer's stamp duty" to be levied on foreign and corporate buyers of residential flats; the "special stamp duty" against the resale of flats within 36 months, adjusted from 24 months; and the "double stamp duty" on all buyers of residential and non-residential properties, ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Lawmakers slam CY's Beijing call for 'breaching confidentiality'

    Posted Mar 27th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Affairs Office director, of the buyer's stamp duty against non-local flat buyers the night before it was introduced in October. The 15 per cent tax was to deter non-locals, including ... affairs joint panel meeting. If you say the buyer's stamp duty affects mainlanders and therefore you tell them in advance, did you also let them know of this double stamp duty since it also ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - CITY BEAT

    Leung Chun-ying sees virtue of well-placed aides in getting job done

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 04:53am by Tammy Tam

    ... of four new board members. Lam quit the Executive Council last year over alleged misconduct in the sale of two of his flats ahead of the start of new stamp duties. His resignation was seen ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    The limits of Chinese parochialism

    Posted Jun 16th 2013, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... Philip Bowring says while Beijing must see itself as more than an Asian power and play a positive role in world affairs, Hong Kong must get over its fixation with mainland China and the West Three events in recent days have focused needed attention on the ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong will pay the price for Leung's discriminatory property tax

    Posted Nov 04th 2012, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... tax system. It might well be in breach of Article 105 of the Basic Law. The extra stamp duty on the resale of residential properties is also an unwarranted effort to manipulate the market. ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Franklin Lam should not be government adviser

    Posted Nov 02nd 2012, 12:00am by Albert Cheng

    ... for supporting his parents. But his recent Mid-Levels property transactions involved a total of about HK$20 million before the proposed increase in stamp duty. He made HK$10million from the sales. Apart ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Leung lunch is only the half of it

    Posted Feb 25th 2014, 04:16am by Tony Cheung

    ... by Legco president Jasper Tsang Yok-sing and came two days after the government's stamp duty bill was approved following a heated 35-hour debate. Asked whether the lunch had failed to improve ...




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