Hong Kong: Personal Taxation
Social insurance payments in Hong Kong are in the nature of a private arrangement. However, in 2000 the government passed the Mandatory Provident Fund Ordinance. As from December 1, 2000 all employees and self employed individuals earning more than HKD4,000 per month had to contribute a minimum of 5% of their salary up to maximum amount.
Sums paid in are tax deductible for the purposes of profit tax where paid in by the employer and tax deductible for the purposes of salaries tax where paid in by the employee.
Currently payments to retirement schemes registered under the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance can be made and are tax deductible so long as they do not exceed 15% of the taxable remuneration of the employee. Lump sum contributions are tax deductible on a straight-line basis over a 5 year period.