Hong Kong budget for fiscal 2022/23.

022, Feb 2022

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The following are highlights of Hong Kong's budget for the 2022/23 fiscal year starting in April.

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Financial Secretary Paul Chan presented the budget on Wednesday.

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

* Says 2021 GDP growth at 6.4%.

* Forecasts 2022 GDP growth between 2 and 3.5%.

* Forecasts 2022 headline inflation at 2.1%.

* Forecasts 2022 underlying inflation at 2%.

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

* Q4 GDP growth at 4.8% year-on-year.

* Q4 GDP growth at 0.2% 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.

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MEASURES:

* Says to reduce salaries tax payable by 100%, 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 100%, 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.

($1 = 7.8029 Hong Kong dollars)

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