Taxation in Canada

'Vote ploy' uproar stalls BC premier's plan to apologise for Chinese head tax

The head tax, represented by this certificate showing a C$500 payment for a 10-year-old boy, was levied until 1923.  Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Tang hands all tax-base moves to future team

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

Concrete action in tax report ruled out

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

Accountants urge a return to sales tax proposal

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

Why should wealthy HK and Singapore still fight for foreign capital?

'Singapore cuts corporate tax to narrow gap with Hong Kong'

SCMP headline,

February 16

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

GST plan is not dead, survey finds

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

Carbon tax the way to blue skies and financial stability

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

Accountants propose alternatives to GST

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

Banner year for stocks set to boost tax revenue

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.

7 May 2015 - 12:48pm

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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

Democrats accuse government of dodging debate on GST

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

Tsang's silence on GST 'will damage government's popularity'

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

GST may help close wealth gap, unionist legislator says

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

Sales-tax protesters on march

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

The GST recipe for failure

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