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(Source : Information Services Department)

Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 4) Bill 2018 gazetted

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      The Government published the Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 4) Bill 2018 in the Gazette today (May 18).  The bill seeks to provide a tax deduction under salaries tax and personal assessment to people who purchase eligible health insurance products for themselves or their specified relatives under the Voluntary Health Insurance Scheme (VHIS).
      
      A spokesman for the Food and Health Bureau said, "The VHIS tax deduction scheme is flexible and user-friendly.  A taxpayer can claim deductions for VHIS premiums paid up to $8,000 per insured person for insurance policies procured for the benefit of the taxpayer and all specified relatives (irrespective of number).
      
      "If a taxpayer has procured more than one VHIS policy, the taxpayer may still claim deduction for the various premia paid, subject only to the $8,000 cap for each insured person.
      
      "There is also no cap on the number of taxpayers who can make a claim for tax deduction for the same insured person."
      
      Specified relatives cover the taxpayer's spouse and children, and the taxpayer's or his/her spouse's grandparents, parents and siblings.
      
      To ensure that the tax incentive is provided for people who have a nexus to Hong Kong, an insured person or the parent of an insured person who is under 11 years old and does not hold a Hong Kong Identity Card should be a Hong Kong Identity Card holder.
      
      The bill will be introduced into the Legislative Council for scrutiny on May 23.


Ends/Friday, May 18, 2018
 Issued at HKT 10:40

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