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HK Government Studying Vacant Property Tax

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

11 May 2018


Hong Kong's Government says it is studying the feasibility of introducing a tax on vacant "first-hand" private residential properties.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam made the statement last week during a Legislative Council question and answer session saying the vacancy tax could help release new residential units to the market, which are currently being purchased and then left vacant or not being released by developers.

Lam said the Government will consider the rationale, feasibility, and the public response to the proposal before deciding on the matter.

She added there is no plan to introduce a capital gains tax on residential properties owned by non-Hong Kong residents, and emphasized the importance of maintaining the special administrative region's simple and low tax regime to remain competitive.

TAGS: capital gains tax (CGT) | tax | property tax | real-estate | Hong Kong

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