Hong Kong Tax Alert: 24 May 2013
Hong Kong signs comprehensive double tax agreement with Qatar
On 13 May 2013 Hong Kong signed a comprehensive avoidance of double taxation agreement (CDTA) with Qatar. This brings the number of CDTAs Hong Kong has concluded with other jurisdictions to twenty-nine.
The CDTA with Qatar contains several favorable provisions which are expected to facilitate closer economic and trade ties between Hong Kong and Qatar. This alert summarizes the salient points of the provisions of the CDTA as applicable to Hong Kong residents.
- Tax benefits available to Hong Kong residents under the CDTA
- Several favorable provisions which are expected to boost closer economic and trade ties between Hong Kong and Qatar
- Latest status of the Hong Kong’s CDTA network
Who is covered by the CDTA
The CDTA only applies to persons who are residents of either Hong Kong or Qatar. In this regard, a company that is incorporated or constituted under the laws of Hong Kong automatically qualifies as a Hong Kong resident. A company which is not so incorporated or constituted would be regarded as a Hong Kong resident only if it is “normally managed or controlled” in Hong Kong, a residence test commonly adopted in other CDTAs Hong Kong has concluded.