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Individual Tax Incentives and Workforce Planning in GBA

Individual Tax Incentives and Workforce Planning in GBA


Murray Sarelius, Partner, National Head of People Services, KPMG China

Kate Lai, Director, People Services, KPMG China


Earlier this year, the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Finance of Guangdong province of the People’s Republic of China clarified the framework and principles of the individual income tax (“IIT”) preferential treatments and the definition of talents for the Greater Bay Area (“GBA”). 

Following these developments, the common concerns are: which IIT preferential policies are available to expatriates working in the GBA? How can companies and individuals utilise these tax preferential policies?

Companies and individuals are increasingly facing new challenges in terms of IIT exposure and cost control. Under the new IIT law, which fringe benefits for expatriates remain exempted from IIT? How to strengthen the benefits in a tax efficient manner?

These pressing issues will directly affect a company’s ability to attract and retain foreign talents. Drawing on extensive experience, KPMG China has organised this seminar specifically for companies that employs expatriates. KPMG professionals at the seminar will share their insights with case sharing.

Seminar topics in focus:

Interpretation of GBA talent policies and IIT preferential policies 
Tax-free fringe benefits available to expatriates under the new IIT law
Common tax treatment for tax-free fringe benefits under the new IIT law
Common pitfalls in tax planning and in the provision of tax-free fringe benefits       
Corporate tax implications in relation to the GBA policies
Case sharing


About the speakers

Murray Sarelius is a Tax Partner and leads KPMG’s Hong Kong and China People Services teams.  Murray has over 20 years’ experience with international aspects of personal and corporate tax planning.  He works extensively with businesses that are operating or investing internationally. 

For international businesses, his focus is on helping them to manage the expatriate and employer tax issues associated with an internationally mobile workforce, including international executive remuneration, employee share schemes and international tax planning for employment and investment. He also acts as regional lead partner on several significant People Services engagements that require co-ordination of compliance work and advice across the region.

For individuals, including founders and owners of international businesses, the focus is more personal. He works with start-up and high growth businesses, high net worth individuals, family offices and family businesses on matters such as tax and estate planning, succession planning and the management of tax risks across an international portfolio of businesses, and the implications of family members relocating to different tax jurisdictions.


Kate Lai started her career in corporate taxation and has worked with clients across different industries including banking and finance, entertainment, pharmaceutical, retail, real estate, technology and telecommunications.  During the course of her work, she works closely with senior executives of corporations and business owners. 
She is now a Director of KPMG’s People Services team and focuses on employment and individual tax advisory services. She advises clients on a full range of personal tax and visa issues.  Her clients include multi-national corporations with globally mobile employees, senior executives and high net worth individuals.  She is experienced in individual tax planning, tax efficient employment structures, equity compensation and cross-border tax issues.  She has successfully led projects in income tax planning and dispute resolution with tax authorities. She is a regular speaker at KPMG sponsored events on tax issues.


This event is hosted by Andrew Seaton. 

Ticket includes a full hot English breakfast buffet.

Please note that Business Attire is required by the Hong Kong Club - collared shirts must be worn by men, and jeans, sandals and sports shoes are not permitted. To see the full list of club rules on dresscode, please click here.


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12/10/2019 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
China Standard Time
Harcourt Suite, The Hong Kong Club 1 Jackson Road Central
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