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(Source : Government Information Centre)

Interest on Tax Reserve Certificates

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Government Gazette published on November 4, 2005 contains a Legal Notice to the effect that the Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury has authorised a change in the rate of interest payable on Tax Reserve Certificates. As from November 7, 2005, the new annual rate of interest will be 2.4000% as against the current rate of 2.1333%, that is the new rate will be $0.2000 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 November 7, 2005. Certificates which were purchased before November 7, 2005 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 (www.ird.gov.hk). 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
April 4, 2005 and before May 3, 2005,
  0.5000% per annum
     
for certificates purchased on or after
May 3, 2005 and before June 6, 2005,
  0.7500% per annum
     
for certificates purchased on or after
June 6, 2005 and before August 1, 2005,
  1.0833% per annum
     
for certificates purchased on or after
August 1, 2005 and before September 5, 2005,
  1.6000% per annum
     
for certificates purchased on or after
September 5, 2005 and before October 3, 2005,
  1.8500% per annum
     
for certificates purchased on or after
October 3, 2005 and before November 7, 2005; and
  2.1333% per annum
     
for certificates purchased on or after
November 7, 2005 until further notice.
  2.4000% per annum

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

Ends/Monday, November 7, 2005
Issued at HKT 14:35

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