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Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No.2) Ordinance 2019

The Inland Revenue (Amendment) (No. 2) Ordinance 2019 (the “Amendment Ordinance”) was gazetted on 1 March 2019.

The Amendment Ordinance is mainly to –

  1. clarify that the concept of “controlling person”, in relation to a trust, covers trustees and beneficiaries;
  2. clarify that controlling persons will be identified, in relation to any legal person which is functionally equivalent or similar to a trust, in a way similar to the way in which controlling persons are identified in relation to a trust;
  3. provide that the term “investment entity” is to be interpreted in a manner consistent with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force;
  4. incorporate the residency rules in relation to financial institutions (other than trusts) that do not have a residence for tax purposes;
  5. provide that the Commissioner may publish non-statutory guidelines on the interpretation of AEOI related provisions;
  6. remove Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes, Occupational Retirement Schemes registered under the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (Cap.426), pooling agreements, approved pooled investment funds and credit unions from the list of non-reporting financial institutions; and
  7. add 51 jurisdictions to the list of reportable jurisdictions (in addition to the 75 jurisdictions already included in the current list).

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