Last week Hong Kong lawmakers passed several tax measures announced in the Budget for 2017-18 that are expected to reduce Hong Kong tax revenue by 2 billion HKD.

The following changes have been implemented, commencing from the year of assessment 2017/18:

  • width of marginal salaries tax bands was widened from 40,000 to 45,000 HKD
  • disabled dependent allowance was increased from 66,000 to 75,000 HKD
  • dependent brother/sister allowance was increased from 33,000 to HKD37,500 HKD
  • entitlement period for home loan interest deduction was extended from 15 to 20 years
  • deduction ceiling for self-education expenses was raised from 80,000 to 100,000 HKD

These changes will be automatically applied by Inland Revenue Department in calculating the 2017/18 provisional salaries tax.

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