Plans by British Columbia's government to apologise for the "head tax" that Canada once imposed on Chinese immigrants appear to have been shelved, amid uproar over a leaked government strategy paper on how to woo the ethnic vote.Wednesday, 13 March, 2013, 3:54am
Finance chief suggests next government look at new levies
Any measures to broaden the tax base would be left to the next administration, Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen said yesterday on release of the government's tax-reform report.13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am
No concrete measures will be recommended in a forthcoming government report to solve the challenges faced by Hong Kong's tax system, although the majority of the public agree the city needs to broaden its tax base.30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am
The government should keep the controversial goods and services tax as an option for broadening the tax base along with other possible alternatives, such as green taxes and an air, land and sea departure levy, an association of accountants said.30 Mar 2007 - 12:00am
'Singapore cuts corporate tax to narrow gap with Hong Kong'
I THINK WE probably have general agreement here. The reason Singapore has just cut its corporate tax rate to 18 per cent is to compete more actively with Hong Kong for foreign investment. This tax measure is aimed at us.21 Feb 2007 - 12:00am
Opinion leaders believe the proposal will be back on the table in next five years
Most people believe the government has not given up on the idea of a goods and services tax and that it is only a matter of time before a sales levy is introduced, according to a poll.15 Jan 2007 - 12:00am
The purpose of taxes in Hong Kong is to collect revenue for public spending on the various needs of society. The purpose of taxes in other developed countries sometimes goes beyond mere public revenue to act as a financial tool to drive certain changes.27 Dec 2006 - 12:00am
A land and sea departure tax, a capital gains tax or an income tax levied on Hong Kong citizens worldwide should be considered as alternatives to broaden the tax base, Hong Kong accountants say.15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am
The robust stock market and good returns from investments are expected to boost government revenue this year, Secretary for Financial Services and Treasury Frederick Ma Si-hang said yesterday.10 Dec 2006 - 12:00am
William Chan Che-kwong, 58, chairman of the Oriental Watch Group, was one of an estimated 6,000 people who marched in protest against a goods and services tax (GST) last month. He explains why he believes the tax would be damaging and says the financial secretary betrays a lack of confidence in the city's economic potential.7 Sep 2006 - 12:00am
Democratic Party members yesterday accused the government of insincerity in its efforts to consult the public on the proposed goods and services tax (GST) after releasing a survey showing a new high of 70 per cent of respondents opposed to it.30 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
The chief executive should not have distanced himself from the financial secretary's drive to sell a goods and services tax (GST) to the public, Regina Ip has said.28 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
A unionist legislator has given rare backing to the proposed goods and services tax, saying it would be acceptable provided the government can eliminate the worries of the poor.
Kwong Chi-kin, of the Federation of Trade Unions, said yesterday a GST was fair as people who consumed more would pay more.26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
About 200 people braved a thunderstorm to protest against the proposed goods and services tax (GST) yesterday.
Legislator Sin Chung-kai of the Democratic Party, which organised the march from Wan Chai to Central, said Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen should shorten the nine-month public consultation. He said the proposal had provoked social conflict.21 Aug 2006 - 12:00am
In countries where it has been introduced, a goods and services tax has been unwelcome and unpopular. It's widely regarded as political poison for any government that forces it on a people.
In Hong Kong, it was sensible of the government to launch its GST consultation exercise at a time when the economy is picking up.12 Aug 2006 - 12:00am