Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Hong Kong Updates- Taxation & Employment

The Double Taxation Agreement (‘DTA’) between Hong Kong and Italy, which was signed in 2013, entered into force in August. The provisions of the DTA are effective in Hong Kong from the 2016-2017 year of assessment.

The DTA is based on the standard OECD model and represents a major step forward in tax relations between Italy and Hong Kong, Italy having previously (in recent years) treated Hong Kong as a tax haven with impact on Italian citizens’ willingness to do business in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong government committees are reviewing:
The possible need for standard contracts to include provisions for standard working hours. Even assuming agreement can be reached (employer’s and employees’ bodies are both involved in the discussions), the likelihood is that provisions would apply only to lower-paid workers;

A possible amendment to the Labour Ordinance to permit compulsory reinstatement of employees wrongfully dismissed. Currently, the employer’s agreement is required for this.

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