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Do I need to file FBAR or Form 8938?

If you have a foreign bank account(s), it is likely you’ll have FBAR and Form 8938 (Statement of Specified Foreign Financial Assets) filing requirement. Below are answers to a few basic questions related to those forms. What is FBAR and 8938? FBAR: The FBAR (Foreign Bank Account Reporting) formerly called the Report of Foreign Bank [...]

Anything missing or need correction in your Hong Kong tax assessment?

If you have timely filed your Hong Kong individual tax return for the year 20xx/20xx, you should have received/ will receive your Hong Kong tax assessment. Generally, the tax assessment should match with tax returns that you have filed to the Inland Revenue Department (“IRD”) and the employer’s return filed by your employer(s). However, you [...]

Looking to Reduce your Hong Kong Salaries Tax Liability?

Taxpayers are always searching for ways to reduce their tax liability. Here are some ways to reduce Hong Kong tax liability on your individual income tax return: Claim for deductions under salaries tax (i.e., outgoing and expenses, self-education expenses, approved charitable donations and contributions to the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) or Recognized Occupational Retirement Scheme). [...]

Taxes Applicable on Self-Employed Income

Post-pandemic world has seen more and more people started working for themselves either by setting up their own business or working as a freelancer which potentially triggers self-employment tax. In this short article we will briefly look at a few basic questions of the self-employment tax: Who is considered self-employed? Generally, a taxpayer is considered [...]

Applying an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Do you need an Employer Identification Number (EIN)? Businesses generally need an employer identification number (EIN) if any one of the following is true: Started a new business Hired (or will hire) employees Operating as a corporation or partnership Created a trust Withholding agent for taxes on nonwage income paid to a non-resident alien Change [...]

Common tax questions

Do I need file US individual income tax? In order to determine if you need to file US individual income tax return, you may refer to the following online tool on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website HERE. What different filing statuses are available on Form 1040 Individual Income Tax Return? There are 5 main [...]

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