On the 25 February 2015, which also happened to be the Chinese ‘common birthday’, the Financial Secretary, Mr. John Tsang, delivered his eighth budget speech for the fiscal year 2015-16 with the theme ‘Diversification of Development and Augmentation of Competitiveness’.
When however collecting this information for the purpose of acquiring a certification of residence status for the Hong Kong company under the Hong Kong – Spain double taxation treaty, the obtained information is likely to be ignored by the HK IRD as it is irrelevant for the application of the relevant double taxation treaty.
Guoshuihan  No. 698 (“Circular 698”) was issued on the 10th of December 2009 and is still subject to considerable controversy, mainly because of its lack of clarity regarding non-residents of Mainland China. Some guidelines on the application of Circular 698 can be derived from Guo Shui Fa  No 75 (“Circular 75”), which contains […]