Taxes Could Fix Inequality in Hong Kong

June 12, 2017 Taxation in Hong Kong

Hong KongHONG KONG – The who may be the next Welfare Minister of Hong Kong is calling for taxes to fund anti-inequality measures in the city.

Hong Kong should considering levying a capital gains tax or amending the rates charged on personal incomes, according to a statement made by Law Chi-kwong, a prominent academic in Hong Kong.

While giving a televised interview over the weekend, Law Chi-kwong, who is expected to be appointed the next Welfare Minister of Hong Kong, said that income inequality in Hong Kong is rising.

The creeping inequality is most apparent among the elderly, many of whom are on the verge of poverty.

The academic suggested that a capital gains tax could be used to reduce the level of income inequality in the country.

He added that the standard 15 percent rate of tax on income could be altered and raised for the wealthy, reaching a level of 17 percent.

However, Law Chi-kwong added that aside from the changes to taxation, the government also needs to find suitable ways to spend the extra funds in order to maximize benefit and help those in need.