New International Tax Standards
187. Last year, Hong Kong, together with more than 130 jurisdictions across the globe, pledged to implement the international tax reform proposals drawn up by the OECD to address base erosion and profit shifting (abbreviated as BEPS 2.0). As the global minimum effective tax rate under BEPS 2.0 only targets large multinational enterprise (MNE) groups with global turnover of at least 750 million euros, it will not affect local SMEs. The Government has been exchanging views with the affected MNEs on matters relating to the implementation of BEPS 2.0, and reaffirmed that we would preserve the advantages of Hong Kong's tax regime in terms of its simplicity, certainty and transparency, maintain our the territorial source principle of taxation as well as minimise the compliance burden on MNEs when implementing BEPS 2.0. The Government will maintain communication with relevant MNEs to enable them to familiarise with the new tax rules as soon as possible.
188. We plan to submit a legislative proposal to the LegCo in the second half of this year to implement the global minimum tax rate and other relevant requirements in accordance with the international consensus. At the same time, we will consider introducing a domestic minimum top‑up tax with regard to the aforesaid MNEs starting from the year of assessment 2024-25 to ensure that their effective tax rates reach the global minimum effective tax rate of 15 per cent so as to safeguard Hong Kong's taxing rights. Based on our rough estimates, the domestic minimum top‑up tax will involve an amount of about HK$15 billion per year.
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