Basic & Other Allowances

If you are assessed to salaries tax or have elected personal assessment, you are entitled to a basic allowance and you are eligible to claim other allowances that may reduce your total assessable income provided that the prescribed conditions as specified in the Inland Revenue Ordinance are satisfied. Here you can learn more about the various allowances you can claim, how to lodge a claim and recent changes in allowance amounts.

Allowances Claimable Under Salaries Tax & Personal Assessment

In every year of assessment you are entitled to a basic allowance. You can also claim other allowances in respect of your dependent family members: 

  • Married person’s allowance
  • Child allowance
  • Dependent brother or dependent sister allowance
  • Dependent parent and dependent grandparent allowance
  • Single parent allowance
  • Disabled dependant allowance
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Claiming an Allowance

All allowances should normally be claimed on your Tax Return – Individuals (BIR60) during the year of assessment to which they are related. Late claims are possible but the written claim should not be later than 6 years after the end of the year of assessment to which the claim relates. You may also complete the relevant parts of the claim form (IR831) and return it to the Inland Revenue Department . You are not required to submit evidence in support of the claim together with the tax return. You should, however, retain that evidence and supply it to the Inland Revenue Department for verification when required. The following link will take you to information on how to lodge a claim.

Form IR831 Notice of objection or application for revision of assessment (pdf file)More on claiming allowances

You can send the application form to:

Commissioner of Inland Revenue
P.O. Box 28777
Gloucester Road Post Office
Hong Kong

Fax Number: 2877 1232

The Department will not accept underpaid mail items. Please pay sufficient postage to ensure your mail items can duly reach us. (Details)

If you would like to submit the form IR831 online, more details on the program and the online submission of e-Forms are available through the following link.

More on e-Forms and online submission

Changes in Allowance Amounts over the Latest 8 Years

The amounts of various allowances claimable under the salaries tax and personal allowance have changed in most cases over the latest 8 years.

More on changes in allowances
Last revision date: February 2017