In general, companies incorporated in Hong Kong that operate overseas are exempt from tax liabilities, and any foreign-sourced income they earn is also tax-exempt. However, to qualify for Hong Kong’s overseas tax exemption, companies must undergo an assessment by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of Hong Kong.

The IRD excludes the following from assessable profits:

  • dividends received from a corporation subject to Hong Kong Profits Tax
  • amounts already included in the assessable profits of other persons who are subject to Profits Tax
  • interest on Tax Reserve Certificates
  • interest and any profit earned from a bond issued under the Loans Ordinance, Government Bonds, Exchange Fund debt instrument, or a Hong Kong dollar-denominated multilateral agency debt instrument.
  • income from interest and trading profits earned through long-term debt instruments.
  • interest, profits, or gains from qualifying debt instruments issued on or after 1 April 2018, which are exempted from payment of Profits Tax
  • amounts received or accumulated from a specified investment scheme by or for one person.

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