Inland Revenue Department
Inland Revenue Department logo.png
Agency overview
FormedApril 1, 1947 (1947-04-01)
HeadquartersRevenue Tower
5 Gloucester Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Employees2,925 (2020–21)[1]
Agency executive
  • Tam Tai-pang, Commissioner of Inland Revenue
Websiteird.gov.hk
Inland Revenue Department
Traditional Chinese稅務局
Simplified Chinese税务局
Literal meaningTax Service Office

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is the Hong Kong government department responsible for collecting taxes and duties.

History

The Inland Revenue Department was established on 1 April 1947. Initially it administered only one piece of legislation, the Inland Revenue Ordinance, which was enacted on 3 May 1947.[2]

The department subsequently absorbed various elements of the Treasury, including the Estate Duty Office (in 1949), the Stamp Duty Office (1956), and responsibility for collection of entertainments, bets and sweeps, and public dance-halls taxes (1956).[2]

In December 1979, the department's headquarters moved to Windsor House in Causeway Bay, a building that was specially designed with a second lift core for the department.[2][3] In order to save on rental costs, the department moved again, in December 1991, to the eponymous government-owned Revenue Tower in Wanchai, where it remains headquartered as of 2020.[2]

Ordinances administered

The IRD is responsible for the administration of the following Hong Kong ordinances on taxes and duties and the related rules and regulations:

Commissioners of Inland Revenue

References

  1. ^ "Head 76 — INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT" (PDF). Estimates for the year ending 31 March 2021. Financial Services and The Treasury Bureau.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Inland Revenue Department 60th Anniversary". Inland Revenue Department. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  3. ^ Williams, Stephanie (18 April 1980). "Standing apart from run-of-the-mill blocks". South China Morning Post.
  4. ^ "Appointment of Commissioner of Inland Revenue (with photos)". Hong Kong Government. 27 November 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Senior appointments (with photos)". Hong Kong Government. 13 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Senior appointments (with photos)". Hong Kong Government. 13 August 2020.