Legislative Council Brief

Following a public consultation process, Hong Kong has commenced the legislative process for the introduction of tax changes to permit the issuance of Sukuk.

The proposed legislation was published in a Legislative Council Brief on December 28, 2012, which seeks to establish a level playing field for the taxation of conventional bonds and Sukuk (referred to as “alternative bond schemes” or “ABS” in the legislation) and details tax exemptions for qualifying structures.

The legislation contemplates four qualifying structures, namely: