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Joseph Yau:Entry Tax is Unfair to Mainland Visitors

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【 11th March, 2014 Leung Nga Wing】Joseph Yau, the President of The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK), said entry tax was a feasible option in broadening local tax base, but it was unfair to both the locals and mainlanders.


Recently, there were voices proposing the introduction of entry tax so to reduce the number of visitors from the mainland.


“I would say introducing entry tax is a feasible option in broadening local tax base. It is also quite easy for the government to execute and calculate such kind of tax,” said Yau.


But he deemed that charging merely visitors from the mainland for entry tax was not appreciated.


“The entry tax should not target solely at the mainlanders. This is not equitable at all. If such kind of tax needed to be introduced, it should charge all visitors and locals for it,” he added.


He also noted that entry tax might generate certain unfavourable outcomes.


“In my perspective, the entry tax should be made applicable to every visitors. But this means that the tax also needs to be paid by the locals who frequently go on a business trip, as well as the cross-boundary students and workers,” he said.


“The government thus has to consider whether the locals would agree on introducing such kind of tax, and also whether the tourism sector would be adversely affected by it,” he added.


Joseph Yau started his career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 1986. He is now the managing partner of C K Yau & Partners CPA Limited, a long-standing professional CPA firm registered under the Professional Accountants Ordinance of Hong Kong.


Yau is also currently the President of the Taxation Institute of Hong Kong (TIHK). TIHK is known as a local non-profit making organisation which is limited by guarantee. It was founded in 1972.



--125099 2014年3月11日 (二) 18:33 (UTC)

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