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Entry Tax shouldn’t target on mainlanders only

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-by Kathy Wu

The president of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong supports the proposal to impose an entry tax for visitors arriving in the city.

Political parties had proposed an entry tax ranging from 20HKD to 100HKD to control the increasing influx of mainland tourists into the territory. Joseph Yau, the President of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong agreed this is a feasible method to broaden the tax base of the government. Yet, the tax shouldn’t be imposed on visitors from mainland only, but also including other visitors arrive the city by different means.

“There are 54 millions of visitors (this year). If each visitor is charged a $10 entry tax, there will be 5million tax income earned for the government. However, we have to be impartial. The initial reason for imposing the entry tax is to stabilize government revenue and broaden the tax base. It is discriminative if the entry tax is only targeting on mainlanders. It should impose on all visitors arriving Hong Kong by every means.” Said Yau.

Yau said it is easy to impose the entry tax and it fit the users-pay principle. He suggested the government could cooperate with the MTR or airline companies.

“The government could work with the MTR or airline companies by adding the tax in the tickets fee. Also the government could learn from other tourist countries for more ideas.”

Yau added, the public should also consider the effect and needs of the retail business, students and workers who travel Hong Kong and Mainland everyday.

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