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  1. Five costly tax mistakes that people make

    Posted Apr 08th 2007, 12:00am by Betty Liu

    ... Betty Liu How to keep taxman happy but ensure you don't pay too much with your return Someone told me the other day that taxes and interest rates are the pornography of a good financial newspaper. If that's the case, then brace yourself for a whole lot of sex in the next few paragraphs. Seriously folks, the tax season in Hong Kong is just starting and now is the time ...

  2. Beijing increases tax on foreign firms to 18pc

    Posted Dec 31st 2007, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Rise adds to costs also driven higher by new labour law Foreign companies in mainland coastal regions will greet the new year with a three percentage point rise in income tax to 18 per cent- an unexpectedly high increase that will deal yet another blow to tens of thousands of manufacturers. As a core part of a sweeping overhaul of the mainland's tax regime, ...

  3. Mainland businesses welcome new tax law

    Posted Mar 09th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... local officials, worried that their regions might lose their appeal to many foreign investors. The bill seeks to unify the rate of income tax paid by foreign and domestic firms at 25 per cent. If passed, it will end a decades-old practice aimed at attracting foreign investment that makes domestic firms pay 33 per cent income tax while their foreign counterparts are subject to an average 15 ...

  4. Hampered havens help Hong Kong

    Posted Jun 15th 2007, 12:00am by Shobha Nihalani

    ... readily available for people and companies to avoid taxes has led to a shift in assets from traditional tax havens such as Gibraltar, the Cayman Islands, or Switzerland to Hong Kong and Singapore, ... or the practice of avoiding taxes through offshore tax havens. OECD countries have signed an agreement to exchange information to counter harmful tax practices. Because Hong Kong is not a member ...

  5. All In A Day's Work: Tracking tax dodgers

    Posted Jun 23rd 2007, 12:00am by tamara de guzman

    ... reorganisation of group structure whereby a new company is formed in a tax haven which books the profits. For someone to succeed in this job, technical knowledge, professional skills and a pleasant ... Tamara de Guzman Detective work is all part of Connie Chan Fung-kuen's job as senior tax assessor in the Field Audit and Investigation Unit at the Inland Revenue Department. My group ...

  6. Tax reform plans unsettle firms

    Posted Jun 01st 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Hong Kong needs to adapt to these changes,' tax partner Lee Chee-weng said. Mr Lee said emphasis was being placed on businesses that use companies incorporated in tax havens ... Uncertainty about Beijing's corporate tax reform plans is forcing many companies doing business in the mainland to seriously consider restructuring their operations, financial ...

  7. Tax cuts could fall foul of US measure, HK told

    Posted Mar 31st 2007, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Dennis Eng Hong Kong risks a backlash from Washington and Brussels if it cuts profits tax further, says an expert from a free-market US think-tank. That could hurt efforts to attract foreign investment to the city, he warns. The threat comes from proposed legislation in the US Senate targeting tax havens accused of unfair competition. Daniel Mitchell, a senior fellow ...

  8. Anticipated resources tax undermines industry stocks

    Posted Nov 09th 2007, 12:00am by Carol Chan

    ... Carol Chan Mainland resources stocks, with the exception of gold-mining firms, slumped by 10 to 20 per cent this week as a result of investor jitters over the expected launch of a tax ... by many investors as a safe haven against the weakening US dollar. Zhaojin Mining Industry rose 8.3 per cent this week to HK$40 yesterday, while Zijin Mining Group gained 1.4 per cent to HK$13.12. ...

  9. Mainland should be bolder with tax reform

    Posted Mar 10th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in the British Virgin Islands and other secretive tax havens. So many of the 'foreign' firms that will pay higher taxes under the new rules are actually domestic ones that have taken advantage ... The mainland's decision to impose a maximum tax rate of 25 per cent for foreign and domestic companies alike should be applauded as a welcome reform. But the policy would be even ...

  10. Unified system introduces new challenges

    Posted Apr 26th 2007, 12:00am by Kate Watson

    ... Shenzhen, draws attention to Hong Kong, which has a double tax arrangement with the mainland with a 5 per cent dividend withholding tax rate. 'Many of the tax havens where some holding ... withholding tax rate than Hong Kong,' Mr Kung said. 'One point for investors to consider is that if they are using a tax haven to hold a Chinese investment then perhaps they should consider ...




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