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(Source : Information Services Department)

IRD issues tax returns for 2015-16


     The Inland Revenue Department today (April 1) issued about 190,000 profits tax returns, 130,000 property tax returns and 310,000 employer's returns for the year of assessment 2015-16.

     About 2.54 million tax returns for individuals will be issued on May 3.

     In this year's Budget, the Financial Secretary proposed a one-off reduction of 75 per cent of profits tax, salaries tax and tax under personal assessment for 2015-16, subject to a ceiling of $20,000. Upon enactment of the relevant legislation, the department will effect the tax reduction in this year's tax bills.

     "Individuals with rental income, if eligible, can enjoy the reduction by electing for personal assessment. They can make the election when completing their 2015-16 tax returns for individuals. The department will check in each case whether the election will reduce the amount of tax payable, and assess each taxpayer in the way most advantageous to him," a spokesman for the department said.

     The department encourages taxpayers to use the convenient and easy-to-use services under eTAX. Filers of employer's returns can sign through their own eTAX Account and submit the annual employer's return and upload up to 200 IR56B records. Employers with not more than 30 IR56B records may also choose to complete IR56B directly online.

     "Using eTAX services is simple. Any registered taxpayer can log in to eTAX with his Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) (printed on the tax return or tax demand note) and the eTAX password registered with the department or his digital certificate issued by a recognised certification authority," the spokesman said.

     If a taxpayer/filer of employer's return has not yet registered for eTAX or has forgotten the password, he can open an eTAX account or apply for a new password at They can choose their own TIN and eTAX password when they open their eTAX account.

     Taxpayers/filers of employer's returns can visit the department's website at for common questions and answers on how to complete tax returns. Taxpayers/employers are reminded to file their properly completed tax returns on time. If tax returns are delivered to the department by post, sufficient postage should be paid to ensure timely and successful delivery.

     Underpaid mail items will not be accepted by the department. Mail items addressed to the department without sufficient postage will be returned by Hongkong Post to the sender, who will be charged the deficiency plus a surcharge. Mail items without return address will be disposed of by Hongkong Post in accordance with its established procedures for handling undeliverable mail. For proper delivery of tax documents to the department, please ensure that the mail items bear sufficient postage before posting.

Ends/Friday, April 1, 2016
Issued at HKT 11:00