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Updated goverment regulations

Keeping Significant Controllers Registers & Designated Representative

The Companies (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 (“the Amendment Ordinance”) has become effective on 1 March 2018. The Companies Ordinance requires a company incorporated in Hong Kong to obtain and maintain up-to-date beneficial ownership information, by way of keeping a Significant Controllers Register (“SCR”), for inspection by law enforcement officers upon demand.


The Amendment Ordinance requires a company to keep a SCR in either the English or Chinese language, containing required particulars of its significant controllers (including registrable person and / or registrable legal entity). The SCR should be kept at the company’s registered office or a prescribed place in Hong Kong.


Also a company must designate at least one person as its representative to provide assistance relating to the company’s SCR to a law enforcement officer.


For more details, please refer to the Company Registry website

A New Licensing Regime for "Trust or Company Service Providers"

A new Licensing regime for trust or company service providers (“TCSPs”) will commence with effect from 1 March 2018.


Under the new licensing regime, TCSPs are required to apply for a license from the Registrar of companies before they can provide trust or company services as a business in Hong Kong. A person commits an offence if the person carries on a trust or company service business in Hong Kong without a license.


International Secretaries Limited has been registered as a "TCSP" to provide expertise company secretarial services to our clients.

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For more details, please refer to the Companies Registry website.

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018

Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 has become effective on March 1, 2018. The ordinance seeks to apply the statutory customer due diligence and record-keeping requirements to designated non-financial businesses and professions when they engage in specified transactions.


We are actively engaged in compliance with the amendment and establish proper policies and controls.


For more details, please refer to the Companies Registry website

Companies (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2018 (“the Amendment Ordinance”)

The new Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) (“new CO”), which commenced operation in March 2014, provides for a modern statutory framework for the incorporation and operation of companies in Hong Kong. The Amendment Ordinance seeks to amend some provisions of the new CO to incorporate new developments, improve the clarity and operation of the new CO and further facilitate business in Hong Kong. The Amendment Ordinance have come into operation on 1 February 2019.


The major amendments introduced by the Amendment Ordinance include:

  1. updating relevant accounting-related provisions;
  2. expanding the types of companies eligible for reporting exemption; and
  3. providing for miscellaneous matters in relation to various administrative, procedural and technical requirements regulating local companies and non-Hong Kong companies.


For more details, please refer to the Companies Registry website

 

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TIHK Newsletter Oct 2018

TIHK Newsletter Issue 29, covering the Hong Kong, PRC and international tax updates and a variety of Institute's activities, has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/news_letter


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TIHK Newsletter Jul 2018

TIHK Newsletter Issue 28, covering the Hong Kong, PRC and international tax updates and a variety of Institute's activities has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/news_letter.


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PRC Tax Update 2018 - Issue 3

PRC Tax Update 2018 Issue 3 has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/taxupdate.


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Double Taxation Agreement and Arrangement Update

The Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury, Mr. James Lau, on behalf of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Hong Kong on 24 May 2018 a comprehensive avoidance of double taxation agreement (CDTA) with the Consul-General of Finland in Hong Kong, Mr. Jari Sinkari, signifying the Government's sustained efforts in expanding Hong Kong's tax treaty network.


Under the CDTA, double taxation will be avoided in that any Finnish tax paid by Hong Kong companies will be allowed as a credit against the tax payable in Hong Kong on the same profits, subject to the provisions of the tax laws of Hong Kong. Likewise, for Finnish companies, the tax paid in Hong Kong will be allowed as a deduction from the tax payable on the same income in Finland.


For more details, please refer to the our Avoidance of Double Taxation Arrangement

Hong Kong Tax Update May 2018

Hong Kong Tax Update May 2018 has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/taxupdate.


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International Tax Update May 2018

International Tax Update May 2018 has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/taxupdate.


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PRC Tax Update 2018 - Issue 2

PRC Tax Update 2018 Issue 2 has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/taxupdate.


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PRC Tax Update 2018 - Issue 1

PRC Tax Update 2018 Issue 1 has been uploaded to TIHK’s website for your retention: http://www.tihk.org.hk/v2/news/taxupdate.


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Double Taxation Agreement and Arrangement Update

The Financial Secretary, Mr. Paul Chan, on behalf of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, signed in Hong Kong on 19 March 2018 a comprehensive agreement for the avoidance of double taxation (CDTA) with the Ambassador of India to China, Mr Gautam Bambawale, signifying the Government's sustained efforts in expanding Hong Kong's tax treaty network.


Under the CDTA, double taxation will be avoided in that any Indian tax paid by Hong Kong companies will be allowed as a credit against the tax payable in Hong Kong on the same profits, subject to the provisions of the tax laws of Hong Kong. Likewise, for Indian companies, the tax paid in Hong Kong will be allowed as a deduction from the tax payable on the same income in India.


For more details, please refer to the our Avoidance of Double Taxation Arrangement

The Budget 2018-2019

On 28 February 2018, Financial Secretary, the Honourable Paul Chan Mo-po, delivered the budget speech. In his 2018-19 Budget, he laid out a series of economic relief measures.


Highlights of the budget


One-off measures:

  1. 75% tax reduction subject to a cap at $30,000 per case of salaries tax and tax under personal assessment for 2017/18.
  2. 75% tax reduction subject to a cap at $30,000 per case of profits tax for 2017/18.
  3. Rates concession for the four quarters of 2018/19, subject to a cap of $2,500 per quarter for each rateable property.
  4. Provide an extra allowance to social security recipients, equal to two month of the standard rate Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) payments, Old Age Allowance (OAA), Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) or Disability Allowance. Similar arrangements will apply to Low-income Working Family Allowance (LIFA) and Work Incentive Transport Subsidy.
  5. Provide a one-off grant of $2,000 to each student in need to support learning.
  6. Pay the examination fees for candidates sitting for the 2019 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination.

Profit tax


  1. Profits tax rate for the first HK$2 million of profits of corporations / unincorporated business will be lowered to 8.25% and 7.5% respectively. The remainder of profits of corporations / unincorporated business remain at 16.5% and 15% respectively.

Salaries tax


  1. Standard tax rate remain unchanged.
  2. Widen the marginal tax bands from $45,000 to $50,000, increase the number of tax bands from four to five, and adjust the marginal tax rates to 2%, 6%, 10%, 14% and 17% respectively.
  3. Increase the allowance for maintaining a dependent parent of grandparent aged between 55 and 59 to $25,000.
  4. Increase the allowance for maintaining a dependent parent of grandparent aged 60 of above to $50,000.
  5. Increase the basic and additional child allowances to $120,000.
  6. Increase the upper limit for elderly residential care expeses to $100,000.
  7. Introduce a personal disability allowance of $75,000.

Other tax relief


  1. Provide a tax reduction for people who purchase eligible health insurance products for themselves or their dependants under the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme, at the upper limit of $8,000 per insured person.
  2. Propose tax concession for voluntary contributions made to the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) and contributions made to deferred annuity products under Life Annuity Scheme.
  3.