HONG KONG – Chief Executive’s 2017 Policy Address - (Archive)


Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, delivered her first Policy Address yesterday, 11/10/2017.  A highlighted area within the Address was the proposals surrounding the two tax measures included in her Election Manifesto focusing on:

  • Preserving low tax rates, with reductions to be implemented in 2018.
  • Executing a two-tier profits tax system where the profits tax rate for the first HK$2 million of profits of enterprises will be lowered to 8.25%, whilst the standard tax rate of 16.5% will remain for profits above that amount. Only one enterprise nominated by each business group is eligible for the lower tax rate.
  • Encouraging enterprises to invest in R&D through the introduction of a 300% tax deduction on the first HK$2million eligible R&D expenditure, with the remainder subject to 200%.

Dependent on the passing of the legislation at the Legislative Council, it is anticipated that these proposals will be implemented within 2018.


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Serena Kwok
Executive Director
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Tel: +852 2146 6411
Email: serena.kwok@kensington-trust.com


Gloria Shum
Associate Director
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