Published on 15.09.2014
Hong Kong News - Government supports tax information exchange standard
The Government supports the new global standard for automatic exchange of financial account information, which can enhance tax transparency and combat cross-border tax evasion, Secretary for Financial Services & the Treasury Prof KC Chan said today.
"It is crucial for Hong Kong to adopt the latest global standard on tax transparency in order to maintain our international reputation and competitiveness as an international financial and business centre," he added.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development in July released a common standard for automatic exchange of financial account information in tax matters, calling on governments to obtain account information from their financial institutions and exchange that information automatically with the account holders’ residence jurisdictions annually.
Hong Kong is committed to implementing the new global standard on a reciprocal basis with partners which meet relevant privacy protection, confidentiality and proper use of data requirements.
"The Government will go through the usual due process of engaging relevant stakeholders, addressing relevant policy and legal issues involved, and seeking the Legislative Council's approval of the legislation required to implement the new global standard," Prof Chan said.
The first automatic information exchanges are expected to start by the end of 2018.
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