ANN/THE STRAITS TIMES – Hong Kong’s government will cut taxes for family offices as part of measures aimed at attracting the world’s wealthiest families to open or expand their presence in the city.
Tax exemptions on profits will be given to family-owned investment holding vehicles, according to a government statement yesterday.
These will be part of a range of measures to boost the competitive environment, the statement said.
Hong Kong is trying to convince more family offices – organisations set up by the super rich to handle their lives and finances – to set up shop in the city.
These measures demonstrate “our determination to develop Hong Kong into a leading global family office hub”, said Financial Secretary Paul Chan.
“Developing the family office business will be conducive to pooling capital from around the world in Hong Kong and bolstering our financial market as well as the asset and wealth management industry,” he said.
One of the measures highlighted at the Wealth for Good in Hong Kong Summit, being held at the Hong Kong Palace Museum, was the relaunch of its capital investment entrant scheme.
More details will be provided later, the statement said.
The need for such an event – complete with added incentives – speaks to Hong Kong’s declining fortunes.
Once an easy sell to the global rich thanks to its low taxes, connectivity to China, and a vibrant arts and philanthropy scene, the city has set a modest target of getting at least 200 family offices to either set up or expand operations by the end of 2025.
In comparison, wealthy entrepreneurs have been flocking to Singapore, where the backlog alone of single family offices applying for tax incentives and pending approvals is around 200, according to Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.
The number of family offices jumped to 700 in 2021 from 400 a year earlier, according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.