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Relieving People’s Hardship

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Stepping up Anti-epidemic Efforts

  • $22 billion for strengthening testing work and providing additional support for the Hospital Authority
  • $7 billion for procuring anti-epidemic items and services and implement anti-epidemic measures
  • $6 billion for procuring more vaccines
  • $500 million for enhancing environmental hygiene services
  • $12 billion for the construction of anti-epidemic related facilities
  • $20 billion earmarked for other potential anti-epidemic needs

Electronic Consumption Vouchers

  • Issue $10,000 electronic consumption vouchers to each eligible Hong Kong permanent resident and new arrival aged 18 or above
  • Previously registered persons: $5,000 consumption vouchers will be issued in April, remaining $5,000 vouchers will be issued in mid-year by instalment
  • Newly eligible persons: after successful registration, $10,000 vouchers will be issued in mid-year by instalment

Tax Deduction for domestic rental expenses

  • Ease the burden of renting a private property on taxpayers liable to salaries tax and tax under personal assessment who are not owners of domestic properties
  • Subject to a deduction ceiling of $100,000 for a year of assessment from the year of assessment 2022/23

100% Personal Loan Guarantee Scheme for Individuals

  • Extend the application period to end April 2023
  • Increase the maximum loan amount to nine times of the applicant’s average monthly income during employment, and raise the ceiling to $100,000
  • Extend the maximum repayment period to 10 years, and the maximum duration of principal moratorium to 18 months

  • Lower the threshold for the Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme to $200 for half a year (May to October)
  • Reduce salaries tax and tax under personal assessment for the year of assessment 2021/22 by 100%, subject to a ceiling of $10,000
  • Provide rates concession for domestic properties for 2022/23, subject to a ceiling of $1,500 per quarter in the first two quarters and a ceiling of $1,000 per quarter in the remaining two quarters
  • Grant each eligible residential electricity account a subsidy of $1,000
  • Provide an extra half-month allowance of standard CSSA payments, Old Age Allowance, Old Age Living Allowance or Disability Allowance. Similar arrangements will apply to Working Family Allowance
  • Pay examination fees for school candidates sitting for the 2023 HKDSE Examination
  • Strengthen support for e-learning of students from grassroots families through the $2 billion set aside in the Quality Education Fund
  • Create 30 000 time-limited jobs through the $6.6 billion earmarked in AEF

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