Zetland Newsletter

Newsletter - Edition April 2021

Dear Friends of Zetland,

Singapore themed its budget for 2021/22 as “Emerging Stronger Together” to provide support for Singapore’s economy by shifting focus from containment to restructuring. The measures aim to provide thematic relief for households and businesses affected by the pandemic and to accelerate structural adaptations for the future. Without surprise, a feature of the budget was the decision to defer the GST hike from 7% to 9% this year. It is expected that the GST-rate adjustment could follow the implementation of the end to low-value imported goods relief set for 1st Jan 2023. The relief provides that consumers in Singapore do not have to pay GST on goods valued below SGD400 imported into Singapore via air or post. This change will require affected offshore businesses, online marketplaces and parcel forwarding firms popular with Singapore consumers, to register for GST in Singapore and to charge GST on the sale of low-value goods to be imported into Singapore.

Hong Kong relies on its impressive fiscal reserves to remain resilient and capable of weathering internal and external economic headwinds. The government stays its course with a business friendly tax regime and confirms that the two-tier profits tax rates for companies (8.25%/16.5%) remains unchanged and that it will review tax arrangements relevant to family office business. This follows Hong Kong’s initiatives to develop Asia’s family office and private equity hub here in the city. A number of updates have been introduced to the Open-Fund Company regime in Hong Kong to facilitate ‘onshoring’ offshore funds in Asia’s financial capital. Although smaller than in previous years, there are still some tax sweeteners in the budget:

  • Reduction of salaries tax and tax under personal assessment for 2020-21 assessment year by 100%, subject to a HKD10,000 ceiling;
  • Reduced profits tax for 2020-21 assessment year by 100%, subject to a HKD10,000 ceiling; and
  • Waiver of business registration fees for 2021-22.

Both, Singapore and Hong Kong, remain very attractive jurisdictions for businesses looking past the pandemic.

Yours sincerely,
Dominik Stuiber
Director and Zetland Group General Manager

Zetland Tax

UK Domicile, Non-domicile or Deemed Domiciled

UK Domicile, Non-domicile or Deemed Domiciled

April, 2021Author: Lily ChowA couple of HMRC enquiries (aka latest nudge campaigns) were issued to our clients to clarify their UK tax position. The targets of the campaigns include two specific categories of individuals: those whom HMRC consider ...

Read article

Newsletter articles

China Issues Guideline to Improve Tax Collection and Management

April, 2021Author: Phoebe LuoChina will deepen the reform of tax collection and management to better...

Hong Kong Challenges Cayman, BVI as Favoured Fund Domicile

April, 2021Author: Dominik StuiberHong Kong’s status as an international asset and wealth manageme...

UAE Mainland Trade Licences Explained

April, 2021Author: Dominik StuiberConducting any business activity in the UAE is regulated by govern...

Singapore and UK Sign Free Trade Agreement

April, 2021Author: Su Lee ChanWith Britain’s increasingly complex trading relations with the rest ...

The Hong Kong Private Trust Company (PTC) Advantage for Family Offices

April, 2021Author: Dominik StuiberThe growth of family offices has been strong globally and particul...

The UK Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) Review Service

April, 2021Author: Soteria TrustsIf you, your family members, colleagues or friends are holding UK p...