November 2020

Is it a silver lining for Hong Kong’s commercial property market?

On 25 November 2020, the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, announced in her Policy Address to abolish the Doubled Ad Valorem Stamp Duty (“DSD”) on non-residential property transactions with effect from 26 November 2020. Accordingly, any chargeable instruments on commercial property market transactions executed on or after 26 November 2020 will be subject to Stamp… read more

Hong Kong as a safe harbor amid the “attack of debt tsunami”

The Institute for International Finance (“IIF”) recently warned of the attack of the debt tsunami as a result of the unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus packages implemented by governments around the globe pushing the global debt levels to a new high of more than US$ 272 trillion in the third quarter of 2020. The IIF… read more

Is a freelancer considered as carrying on a business in Hong Kong?

A freelancer may see themselves as a causal employee working with different employers without committing his/her full time to them. However, without any relationship of master and servant, if the freelancer’s income is derived from providing professional or personal services in Hong Kong, he/she will be considered as carrying on a business and a self-employed… read more

Hong Kong Taxes Concerns Due To Covid-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, governments have taken unprecedented measures such as implementing strict quarantine requirements or travel restrictions. As a result, senior executives who are used to travel frequently may now be forced to stay much longer in a host country than usually or even get stranded there. This situation may raise significant tax… read more

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