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Joseph Yau: Hong Kong should broadening tax base

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Joseph Yau: Hong Kong should broadening tax base

March 11, 2014 by Tang Hoi Ling


Joseph Yau, the president of The Taxation Institute of Hong Kong, suggested the discussion of broadening the tax base should have started earlier and include the option of goods and services tax, at a talk in Hong Kong Shue Yan University.


Due to aging problem in Hong Kong, every 2 adults have to feed 1 elderly in 2014, which affect the economic development, said Joseph Yau. “Broadening the tax base is our future,” he stressed. That’s why Yau suggested the discussion of broadening tax base should start earlier.


Yau also thinks that goods and service tax is the most suitable and basic option when Hong Kong enlarge its tax base. “Sales tax can be levied on users, which makes it fair,” added Yau, “but there are technical difficulties, as it would be hard to prevent evasion of tax.”


Yau suggested arrival tax is possible to be one of the new taxes of Hong Kong. “There are 54 million tourists come to Hong Kong every year, taxing $10 per head can already be an considerable amount of income for Hong Kong,” Yau said. Arrival tax not only can increase government’s revenue, but also alleviate the burden of servicing the infrastructure for tourists. However, he opposed to impose land arrival tax, as it is discrimination towards mainland tourists.


“Arrival tax is not a tool to stop mainland tourists visit Hong Kong,” Yau emphasized. He thinks all taxes should be imposed in a fair and open way.

--115080 2014年3月12日 (三) 01:57 (UTC)
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