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Suze Orman talks money

Financial guru, writer, producer, speaker and multimillionaire Suze Orman trades tips with Anna Healy Fenton on a recent trip to the city.

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 5:04pm

The Irish loophole behind Apple’s low tax bill

Apple’s ability to shelter billions of dollars of income from tax has hinged on an unusual loophole in the Irish tax code that helps the country compete with other countries for investment and jobs.

22 May 2013 - 10:37am

Thank the Cypriot parliament for averting euro-catastrophe

It can have surprised no one that members of the Cypriot parliament voted unanimously against plans to slap a tax on the islanders' bank deposits.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:20am 4 comments

Taxation measures influence market

Policy measures relating to taxation and lending conditions can significantly influence buyers worldwide, including luxury home buyers, says Christie's International Real Estate.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

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 Hongkongers - less than 40 per cent of the city's workforce - contribute to the government's coffers by paying salaries tax.

14 Mar 2013 - 7:47am 1 comment

Qianhai a potential investment alternative to Hong Kong

Despite signs of increased activity in the office market leading up to the Lunar New Year break, occupier demand in Hong Kong remains rather subdued. However, despite the lack of movement, vacancy rates continue to trend downwards and are below 3 per cent for the market as a whole. Given that office markets worldwide generally require a level of vacancy of 6-8 per cent, the situation obviously remains extremely tight for occupiers.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:07am

20% capital gains tax on mainland properties sparks stampede

Real estate exchange centres in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Wuhan were packed with property sellers and agents over the weekend, forcing some of them to extend their opening hours until 9 pm, from 5pm on normal days.

6 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Wealth tax idea worthy of debate

A higher tax on the owners of Singapore's most expensive homes - the top 1 per cent - resonates here because it is aimed at closing a widening income gap, a problem we share. But it has prompted property and tax experts to say it would not work in Hong Kong because our residential property market is different. 

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 2 comments

How higher estate taxes can make Hong Kong equitable

We must come up with a redistribution process that transfers back to society the money that landlords and rich property owners earn. This must come in a form of an estate tax (for properties above a certain value), higher rental income tax, property inheritance tax and capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the property.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am 1 comment

Long arm of UK taxman reaches city

UK taxpayers with bank accounts in Switzerland will have to disclose their account details or be taxed up to 41 per cent of their balance under a deal between the two countries. The UK-Swiss Confederation Taxation Cooperation Agreement, which was signed in 2011 takes effect this year and is designed to crack down on tax evasion.

25 Feb 2013 - 5:27am