Highlights of Hong Kong’s budget for the 2022/23 fiscal year starting in April.

The following are highlights of Hong Kong’s budget for the 2022/23 fiscal year starting in April.

The budget was presented by Financial Secretary Paul Chan on Wednesday.

Counter-cyclical measures will total over HK$170 billion ($21.79 billion), to boost economy by about three percentage points

* Says 2021 GDP growth at 6.4per cent

* Forecasts 2022 GDP growth between 2 and 3.5per cent

* Forecasts 2022 headline inflation at 2.1per cent.

Forecasts 2022 underlying inflation at 2per cent

* Forecasts average growth rate of 3per cent per annum in real terms from 2023-2026

* Q4 GDP growth at 4.8per cent year-on-year

* Q4 GDP growth at 0.2per cent quarter-on-quarter

* Says economic activities, particularly the consumption-related sectors, will continue to be under intense pressure.

Says the economic performance in the first quarter is not optimistic

MEASURES:

* Says to reduce salaries tax payable by 100per cent, capped at HK$10,000

* Says to issue HK$10,000 electronic consumer voucher for residents 18 and over

* Says to support enterprises, will reduce profit tax for the year of assessment 2021/22 by 100per cent, subject to a ceiling of HK$10,000.

To waive business registration fees for 2022-23

* To earmark HK$13.2 billion to create time-limited jobs in public and private sectors to ease the unemployment situation.

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