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  1. Tax fairness

    Posted Sep 02nd 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... In light of the budget deficit, quite a number of organisations have proposed a sales tax for Hong Kong. But a sales tax is regressive in character. It places a relatively heavy burden on the poor, whose consumption as a proportion of income tends to be h ...

  2. Our generous allowances- the ins and outs

    Posted Feb 21st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Howard Bilton I read with interest your article on taxation ('Talk to your employer and cut your tax bill', January 31). I was already aware of the accommodation-tax planning but wanted to understand more about the non-Hong Kong-employment clause. I have recently been appointed in a global role with my company, which is a multinational. This was negotiated outside Hong ...

  3. Tax tips to avoid a heavy toll

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... The mainland's inland revenue rules are very different to Hong Kong's, writes John Cremer SALARY EARNERS IN Hong Kong dread the arrival each year of the Inland Revenue Department's distinctive green envelope. However, if they accept a job o ...

  4. Foreign workers offered a way out of tax trouble

    Posted Mar 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Young tax partner Joseph Fu. Under a plan to be announced by the State Administration of Taxation at a conference in Dongguan today, foreign workers who file returns and settle unpaid personal ...

  5. A simple system, but know the facts before you move

    Posted Jun 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Susie Gyopos You saw the job, wrote the best application letter of your life and sailed through the interview; with an offer in hand and a future in Macau before you, it is all too tempting to sign on the dotted line. However, according to one Macau tax s ...

  6. Are you sold?

    Posted Jul 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... What do you think of the government's plan to introduce a 5 per cent goods and services tax? Is cutting salaries tax or paying poorer households allowances of up to $3,500 adequate compensation? Write to us ...

  7. Levy IS a tax on maids, appeal court hears

    Posted Apr 26th 2006, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez A Court of First Instance judge was wrong when he ruled that a $400-a-month levy on employers of foreign domestic helpers was not a tax, the Appeal Court was told yesterday. John Griffiths SC, acting for five maids who are challenging the ...

  8. Negotiations to end double trouble continue

    Posted Nov 30th 2007, 12:00am by John Cremer

    ... The conclusion of a double taxation arrangement (DTA) between Hong Kong and Macau is long overdue, but negotiations are now under way and both SAR governments are doing what they can ... it was finalised, the DTA should eliminate inconsistencies and ensure applicable taxes were payable in only one jurisdiction. 'If we have something concluded, it will alleviate double taxation ...

  9. Bumpy tax landing for Cathay

    Posted Aug 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... overseas. 'We appreciate this unexpected interpretation has caused some double personal taxation issues for some of our overseas staff and is an unwelcome development for those impacted,' ...

  10. Sick leave

    Posted Jun 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... A think tank has proposed that all workers pay up to 5 per cent of their salaries towards a mandatory medical savings account scheme. Will this be enough to cover our future medical expenses? Write to us. ...




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