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GST should be discussed this year

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(Could "buffer" the increase in the GDP? Increase in GDP is a good sign of a booming economy, so there is absolutely no logic in saying that increase in the revenue from GST can buffer the increase in the GDP. Buffer means take the brunt of some certain impact.)

John Tsang, financial secretary of Hong Kong, had said that the structural deficit will appear 7 years later. Many critics urged the government to broaden the tax base. Joseph Yau, the president of The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, said that Goods and Service Tax(GST) should be discussed within this year.

Yau said that many western countries have been using GST as one of their main revenue source. It was a fair system and easy to assess. However, he also pointed out some cons, such as the omission of declaration of the sales revenue and the error of it. As the government will be building infrastructure, Yau expected that the increase in the revenue from GST can buffer the increase in the GDP.

Therefore, Yau urged the government to discuss imposing the GST within the year. He added it would be too late to discuss from 2016 because the society will focus the issue on the election of Legislative Council and the Chief Executive.

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