Hong Kong stamp duty

To rein in the city's runaway housing prices, Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah announced an additional 15 per cent stamp duty on non-permanent-resident and corporate buyers starting from October 27, 2012. The move prompted speculation over the effectiveness of taxation on the real estate market and criticisms that Hong Kong was turning away from its roots as a free market economy in favour of a more protectionist market environment.

 

The new stamp duty is affecting luxury residential development. Photo: AFP

Developer caution hangs over land sale prospects

Two sites for tender in Sha Tin and Sai Kung could net the government up to HK$2.4 billion, but developers have turned cautious following the introduction of the latest cooling measures, Ricacorp Properties says.