Category Taxation In Asia

Hong Kong Drops Tax Breaks on EVs

February 23, 2017 Taxation in Hong Kong

EV Tax BreaksHONG KONG – The “beacon city for electric vehicles” has now dimmed, as Hong Kong drops its generous tax break on electric cars.

On February 22nd the Finance Secretary of Hong Kong Paul Chan Mo-po announced that the government will be drastically cutting back on the tax exemption offered on the registration of electric vehicles, as such vehicles have become popular enough to no longer warrant heavy tax breaks.

Private vehicles being registered in Hong Kong are levied with a tax based on the value of the car, with the first HKD 150 000 of a car’s value taxed at 40 percent, with 70 percent charged on the next HKD 150 000, an additional 100 percent on the next HKD 200 000, and a final 115 percent on the remaining value.

Electric vehicles have been exempt from the taxes since 1994.

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Israel Slaps Capital Tax on Bitcoins

January 16, 2017 Taxation in Israel

Cryptocurency in IsraelTEL AVIV – Transactions involving Bitcoins in Israel could be treated as barter transactions, and profits from coin sales could be charged a capital gains tax.

Late last week the Israeli Tax Authority issued a circular detailing the authority’s stance on the taxation of cryptocurrencies, saying that the Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies shall be treated as assets when sold.

Cryptocurrencies are often considered to fall into a legal grey area for the purposes of taxation, with some countries classifying them as financial instruments, or currency, or an equivalent of a currency, or an asset.

The ITA has now decided that any cryptocurrency sold in Israel shall be regarded as the sale of an asset, and, subsequently, will carry a potential capital gains tax obligation.

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Macau Advised to Cut Gambling Taxes

January 11, 2017 Taxation in China

gambling taxesMACAU – Macau needs to reduce the taxes on VIP gamblers, or face the risk of losing out to other gambler-friendly countries in the region.

According to the results of new research conducted by Wang Changbin, an academic at the Gaming Teaching and Research Centre of the Macao Polytechnic Institute, the government of Macau should lower its taxes on gambling, in order to stay competitive in Asia.

Currently the overall tax burden faced by Casinos in Macau equates to an average of 39 percent on all gambling revenues, although the exact rate may vary based on the exact nature of the gambling and the clientele.

Wang Changbin suggested that Macau could investigate the feasibility of implementing a tax model similar to the one used in Singapore.

Gambling taxes in Singapore are currently set at 15...

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Japan to Implement Unified Beer Tax

December 22, 2016 Taxation in Japan

Beer Taxes in JapanTOKYO – Beer pricing in Japan could undergo a significant change, as the government mulls an overhaul to the taxation of the popular drink.

The government of Japan is proposing new tax regulations which would see a reduction in the price high-malt beers, with a corresponding price increase for low-malt beers.

Current regulations in Japan define beer as a beverage which has a malt content of at least 67 percent, with the lower malt-content beers being defined as either “happoshu” or “hodgepodge”.

The newly proposed legislation would see the malt threshold lowered to 50 percent, a moved which would see a greater range of imported beverages being defined as beer.

The current taxes on beer are set at JPY 77 for a can of beer, JPY 47 for happoshu, and JPY 28 for hodgepodge.

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Japan to Drop Bitcoin Sales Tax

December 9, 2016 Taxation in Japan

bitcoin tax in JapanTOKYO – Japan’s market for Bitcoin could recieve a long-awaited boost, as the government looks to drop a tax on the sale of crypto-currencies.

According to information released by CoinDesk, an international news outlet about crypto-currencies, Japan may soon drop its tax on the sale of Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies.

Currently, the purchase of crypto-currency in Japan is subject to a special 8 percent sales tax.

The drop in the tax was apparently detailed in a document released on December 8th by the leading Liberal Democratic Party and the Komeito party.

It is expected that if the tax is enacted, the government would institute a grace period of one months to allow currency retailers to adjust to the changes prior to the tax being dropped entirely.

It is expected that the removal of...

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