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(Source : Government Information Centre)

Interest on Tax Reserve Certificates

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Government Gazette published on 31 May 2002 contains a Legal Notice to the effect that the Secretary for the Treasury has authorized a change in the rate of interest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates. As from 3 June 2002, the new annual rate of interest will be 0.2812% as against the current rate of 0.5812%, that is the new rate will be $0.0234 per month per $100.

Tax Reserve Certificates bear simple interest and interest is calculated monthly (including part of a month) from the date of purchase to the date of payment of tax.

Interest is only credited when certificates are used to pay tax and no interest is due where the principal value of a certificate is repaid to its holder.

The rate of interest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates is periodically revised in line with the market trend. Currently, it is reviewed every month based on the average of the prevailing six-month time deposit interest rates for $100,000 offered by the three note-issuing banks.

The new rate will apply to all certificates purchased on or after 3 June 2002. Certificates which were purchased before 3 June 2002 will continue to earn interest at the rates prevailing on their respective purchase dates. More interest rate information can be found in the Inland Revenue Department website < http://www.info.gov.hk/ird >. The public can also obtain a copy of Tax Reserve Certificate Interest Rate Table from our 24-hour information hotline at 1878033. What follows is a summary of the interest rates for the past months:-
 

for certificates purchased on or after
3 December 2001 and before
7 January 2002


0.6292% per annum

for certificates purchased on or after
7 January 2002 and before
4 February 2002



0.4583% per annum

for certificates purchased on or after
4 February 2002 and before
4 March 2002



0.4500% per annum

for certificates purchased on or after
4 March 2002 and before
2 April 2002



0.5292% per annum

for certificates purchased on or after
2 April 2002 and before
6 May 2002
 



0.7167% per annum

for certificates purchased on or after
6 May 2002 and before
3 June 2002



0.5812% per annum

and for certificates purchased on or after
3 June 2002 until further notice


0.2812% per annum

 

This is always subject to the general rule that interest ceases to accrue after 36 complete months.

 

End/Friday, May 31, 2002

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