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Joseph Yau: Goods and services tax is the best way to broaden tax base

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By William Cheung, 11 March, 2014

A tax expert said that introducing a Goods and Services Tax (GST) is the best way to broaden tax base in Hong Kong.

"If a new tax must be introduced, I would choose GST," Joseph Yau, the president of The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, said on Tuesday at a university assembly. He noted that many countries have already introduced GST, this tax is very fair which fits the concept of user-pay principle and easy for government to estimate the revenue.

When being asked why government bans the goods and services tax, he explained the system is totally new and required lots of money in buying new machines for each shop to charge goods and services tax. Yau added that how to ensure those shops hand in the exact goods and services tax charged, is the most difficult part to solve, which 3 percent GST is talking about sixty billion.

"1 percent GST will affect 1 percent GDP," Yau also pointed out that every 1 percent increase in GST, every 1 percent decrease in GDP. He later said according to Japan's experience, GDP will drop in the first year of introduce GST, but will rise again in following years. Therefore, he noted that we should be farsighted when considering introduces Goods and Services Tax.--115035 2014年3月11日 (二) 17:40 (UTC)

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