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(Source : Government Information Centre)

Change in interest on Tax Reserve Certificates

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The Government Gazette, published today (December 2), 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. From Monday (December 5), the new annual rate of interest will be 2.7500% as against the current rate of 2.4000%, that is the new rate will be $0.2291 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 market trends. 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 December 5. Certificates purchased before December 5 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 the 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 few months:

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,
2.1333% per annum
   
for certificates
purchased on or
after November 7, 2005 and
before December 5, 2005; and
2.4000% per annum
   
for certificates
purchased on or
after December 5, 2005
until further notice.
2.7500% per annum

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

Ends/Friday, December 2, 2005
Issued at HKT 15:31

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