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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    For a fairer tax system, how about scrapping the profit tax?

    Posted Aug 27th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Hong Kong property baron may have a point in calling for switch to a dividend tax that would place burden on shareholders For a fairer tax system, how about scrapping the profit tax? The chairman of one prominent Hong Kong property company likes to argue that the city's tax on corporate profits is inefficient and unfair. He believes it should be scrapped. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1299626/fairer-tax-system-how-about-scrapping-profit-tax
  2. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    The US$50b a year reason China's elite love tax havens

    Posted Jan 23rd 2014, 01:13am by Tom Holland

    ... reason China's elite love tax havens Yesterday an outfit called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published a story in several newspapers around the world alleging that close relatives of many of China's senior leaders own companies registered in offshore tax havens including the British Virgin Islands. In terms of revelatory shock, this story has as much ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1411288/us50b-year-reason-chinas-elite-love-tax-havens
  3. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's stamp duties are woefully inefficient ways to tax

    Posted Oct 22nd 2013, 03:27am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The argument that revenue raised from taxing share transactions is a pay cheque for Hongkongers for keeping the rule of law is short-sighted HK's stamp duty is a woefully ... on share trading. Jake disagreed. He accepted my points that the government's 0.2 per cent per round trip tax on trading reduces liquidity, eats into savings and bumps up the cost of capital. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1336792/hong-kongs-stamp-duties-are-woefully-inefficient-ways-tax
  4. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's risk-off again as troika plays with fire in Cyprus

    Posted Mar 19th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Making bank depositors pay in a debt crisis is nothing new, but the overt tax on Cypriots' savings has plunged the euro zone back into uncertainty It's risk-off again ... to take a haircut as part of the bail out. Under the deal announced over the weekend, deposits of more than €100,000 (HK$1.01 million) will be hit with a one-off tax of 9.9 per cent, while ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1194011/its-risk-again-troika-plays-fire-cyprus
  5. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong government must change the way it taxes property

    Posted Aug 15th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The lump-sum land-premium system should be replaced with a scheme whereby rental income is collected from leaseholders Government must change the way it taxes property In his ... revenue will drop substantially if our tax regime remains unchanged," he warned. "Meanwhile, expenditure on welfare and health care will soar. We may not be able to make ends meet." ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1296772/hong-kong-government-must-change-way-it-taxes-property
  6. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    It's time for some big thinking about Hong Kong's tax system

    Posted Aug 06th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... thinking about Hong Kong's tax system Whenever organisations like the World Bank, the Heritage Foundation or the World Economic Forum compile their league tables of global competitiveness, Hong Kong always draws fulsome praise for its low and simple tax regime. With its salaries tax capped at just 15 per cent, a profits tax of 16.5 per cent, and no dividend, capital gains ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1294524/its-time-some-big-thinking-about-hong-kongs-tax-system
  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Let's stamp out this talk about Hong Kong's narrow tax base

    Posted Mar 14th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland Widening the tax base without an overhaul of the property market will merely impose additional burdens on the city's hard-pressed households Let's stamp out this talk about Hong Kong's narrow tax base Once again talk is going round in government circles that Hong Kong's tax base is too narrow. It offends the official mind that fewer than 1.5 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1190066/lets-stamp-out-talk-about-hong-kongs-narrow-tax-base
  8. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Danger budget working group is attempt to impose new taxes

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is attempt to impose new taxes In his budget speech on Wednesday, Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah said he would set up a working group to formulate "more comprehensive planning for our ... last year to 27 per cent in 2032. As people retire, they become less productive, which means economic growth will tend to slow. And in Hong Kong, they will drop out of the tax base, which ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1163850/danger-budget-working-group-attempt-impose-new-taxes
  9. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Hong Kong's offshore yuan market is driven largely by tax dodgers

    Posted Dec 06th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... is driven largely by tax dodgers Writing in these pages on Tuesday, my colleague Jake van der Kamp argued that the only thing driving the development of Hong Kong's offshore yuan market ... trading in Hong Kong. There's also tax fraud. Glance at the data, and it looks as if Hong Kong's market in yuan trading has taken off in record time. The amount of cross-border trade ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1098362/hong-kongs-offshore-yuan-market-driven-largely-tax-dodgers
  10. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Taxing foreign buyers failed in Singapore. It will fail in Hong Kong too

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland The government's new punitive measure on the property market will have an effect – it will lead to the demise of the city as a financial centre Taxing foreign buyers failed in Singapore. It will fail here too Yesterday, this column argued that the Hong Kong government's punitive tax on non-residents who buy apartments in the city will do nothing to make ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/article/1072684/taxing-foreign-buyers-failed-singapore-it-will-fail-here-too

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