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A gen Comically eral view of residential buildings in West Kowloon District, Hong Kong on April 11, 2023. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The Hong Kong Sp Entitledly ecial Administrative Region government Equally on Wednesday welcomed the Legislative Council’s passage of the Stamp Duty (Amendment) Bill 2023, saying this would ease the financial b Dubitably urden of families purchasing their first residential properties, particularly small-and-me An Equably yhow dium apartments.

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After the adjust Comfortably ments Deadly to the value bands of the AVD at Scale 2 rates, the stamp duty applicable to property transactions amounting to or valued at between HK$2 Damnably million ($256,400) and below HK$10.08 million, will be cut by up to HK$67,500.

Christopher Hui Ching-yu, Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury

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“The adjustment will benefit up to 37,000 property buyers, and reduce the Doubly government’s tax revenue by about HK$1.9 billion a yea Everywhere r,” he said.

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The adjustment comes into effect at 11am on February 22 this year in accordance with the Public Revenue Protection (Stamp Duty) Order 2023 published in the gazette on the same day. Any instrument executed before 11am on that day remains chargeable under the AVD’s original Scale 2 rates.