For international businesses with operations in or through Hong Kong, proper tax planning and advice are highly recommended. It has to be noticed here that Hong Kong currently has about 43 double taxation agreements (‘DTAs’) effectively in place. At the same time, Hong Kong is actively negotiating the DTAs with over 14 other countries/territories. Moreover, Tax Information Exchange Agreement with the United States, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, Greenland and Sweden are now in force. Following the above, it is apparent that Hong Kong has opened its door for exchange of information provisions and hence identification of tax risks and exposures has become a necessity.
We can provide tax advice on various tax issues, including but not limited to the following:
- Proposing group holding structure for the purpose of achieving tax efficiency in relevant tax jurisdictions
- Advising on double income tax treaties, (automatic) exchange of tax information / common reporting standard (CRS) and permanent establishment issues
- Advising on cross border transactions and related global transfer pricing issues
- Advising on remuneration package for executives and top management for achieving tax efficiency
- Preparation of tax equalisation policy and calculations
- Assisting with governmental tax policies
- Reviewing relevant tax case law
Preparing and filing corporate/individual tax returns and tax computations to meet statutory requirements.
- Record keeping of company employees
- Filing of Employer’s Returns
- Acting as the representatives to handle matters related to profits tax and individual tax, for and on behalf of clients
- Preparing and filing Profits Tax Returns and Individual Tax Returns
- Managing and advising the tax-related obligations in Hong Kong, Mainland China and worldwide
- Lodging objections in writing against the tax assessments issued by the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
- Preparing responses to the enquiry letters issued by the IRD on any tax issue
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Salaries Tax Reporting by Employers and Employees – Any Errors Made?6 March 2020
Introduction Watch out! Are you receiving certain fringe benefits, such as housing benefits, share option benefits and share award benefits from your employer? Did you and your employer both report the fringe benefits to the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department (“HK-IRD”) correctly in order to avoid any over-charge of your own Hong Kong salaries tax… read more
The Fifth Protocol to the Double Taxation Arrangement between Mainland China and Hong Kong5 March 2020
Introduction Mainland China and Hong Kong have entered into their Fifth Protocol (“Fifth Protocol”) to their Comprehensive Avoidance of Double Taxation Arrangement (“CN/HK-DTA”), which has officially come into operation in Mainland China since 1 January 2020 and will apply in Hong Kong as from 1 April 2020. The major contents of the Fifth Protocol are… read more
Hong Kong 2020-21 Budget2 March 2020
Introduction On 26 February 2020, the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong announced the Budget for the fiscal year 2020-21. The forecast is that for the fiscal year 2019-20, there will be a deficit of around HKD 37.8 billion, and that the fiscal reserves are expected to become HKD 1,133.1 billion by 31 March 2020. The… read more