Hong Kong To Exchange Financial Account Info In Tax Matters Soon And Expanding CDTAs With One-Belt-One-Road Countries

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April 19th, 2018

James Lau, the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury in Hong Kong, announced the plan for Hong Kong to implement Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters and further expand its Comprehensive Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreements (CDTAs) network. The Secretary also indicated that Hong Kong is not going to expand its tax base considering the healthy fiscal reserve held currently by the Government. 

Tackling BEPS

As part of efforts in international tax co-operation, Hong Kong is going to implement the minimum standards of the package to counter base erosion and profit shifting by enterprises, and a passage of amendment bill has been submitted to Legislative Committee sometime ago. On implementing the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information in Tax Matters, the first exchanges with the jurisdictions concerned will commerce this September.

Wider CDTAs Network

To date, Hong Kong has concluded 39 CDTAs, including one signed with India in mid-March this year. The Government intends to continue to expand Hong Kong's network of CDTAs. It is an ongoing process to identify potential negotiation partners, especially countries along the One Belt One Road Initiative, with a view to further expand CDTA network and bringing the total number of CDTAs to 50 over the next few years.

Sources: IRD-HK

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