Tax facts and figures

24 Feb 2016

The information in this booklet is based on taxation laws and practices as of 24 Feb 2016 and incorporates legislative proposals and measures contained in the 2016/17 Hong Kong Budget announced on the same date.

Legislative proposals do not become law until their enactment and may be modified by the Legislative Council before being enacted.

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Tax rates summary

Profits tax

Tax rates 2016/2017 2015/2016
Companies 16.5% 16.5%
Unincorporated businesses 15% 15%

Property tax

Tax rates 2016/2017 2015/2016
Tax rate 15% 15%

Salaries tax

Tax rates 2016/2017 2015/2016
First HK$40,000 2% 2%
Next HK$40,000 7% 7%
Next HK$40,000 12% 12%
On the remainder 17% 17%
Standard rate 15% 15%

Personal allowances 2016/2017 2015/2016
Basic allowance HK$132,000 HK$120,000
Married person's allowance HK$264,000 HK$240,000
Child allowance
1st to 9th child (each)
Year of birth
Other years


Dependent parent /  grandparent allowance
Aged 60 or above
not residing with taxpayer
residing with taxpayer throughout the
Aged 55 to 59
not residing with taxpayer
residing with taxpayer throughout the




Dependent brother / sister allowance (for whom no child allowance is claimed) HK$33,000 HK$33,000
Single parent allowance HK$132,000 HK$120,000
Disabled dependant allowance (in addition to any allowances already granted for the disabled person) HK$66,000 HK$66,000

Maximum deduction for amount paid for 2016/2017 2015/2016
Self-education expenses HK$80,000 HK$80,000
Home loan interest HK$100,000 HK$100,000
Elderly residential care expenses HK$92,000 HK$80,000
Contributions to recognised retirement schemes HK$18,000 HK$18,000
Charitable donations 35% of assessable income 35% of assessable income

Stamp duty

(1) Transfer of immovable property – Ad valorem stamp duty
Property consideration Duty rates applicable from
23 February 2013 1
Scale 1 rates 2 Scale 2 rates 2
Up to HK$2,000,000 1.50% HK$100
HK$2,000,001 - $3,000,000 3.00% 1.50%
HK$3,000,001 - $4,000,000 4.50% 2.25%
HK$4,000,001 - $6,000,000 6.00% 3.00%
HK$6,000,001 - $20,000,000 7.50% 3.75%
HK$20,000,001 and above 8.50% 4.25%

1. Marginal relief is available upon entry into each higher value band.
2. The Scale 2 rates apply to residential property acquired by a Hong Kong permanent resident who does not own any other residential property in Hong Kong at the time of acquisition and in some other specified circumstances. The Scale 1 rates apply to all other cases.

(2) Special Stamp Duty on disposal of residential property
Holding period Duty rates applicable
from 27 October 2012
Six months or less 20%
More than six months but for 12 months or less 15%
More than 12 months but for 36 months or less 10%

(3) Buyer’s Stamp Duty (BSD) on acquisition of residential property
Duty rate applicable
from 27 October 2012
Duty rate 15%

(4) Lease of immovable property in Hong Kong
Lease period 2016/2017 2015/2016
Where the lease term is not defined or is uncertain 0.25% 0.25%
Not more than one year 0.25% 0.25%
More than one year but does not exceed three years 0.50% 0.50%
More than three years 1.00% 1.00%

(5) Transfer of Hong Kong stock
The rate of stamp duty on stock transactions is 0.2% of the consideration ($2 per $1,000) per transaction.

(6) Hong Kong bearer instrument
Duty of 3% of the market value is charged for any Hong Kong bearer instrument issued in respect of any stock.