Issue no. 779 (20 February 2020)
  Dear members/member practices,  

The Institute's activities during coronavirus epidemic


On 18 Feb we updated members on the Institute’s working arrangements during the Covid-19 epidemic. The message covered arrangements for continuing professional development and member services, practice review, and complaint handling.


Free CPD webinar: Leading and motivating a virtual team

To enable members to face the challenges of homeworking during the Covid-19 epidemic, the Institute is holding a free-of-charge webinar on “Leading and Motivating a Virtual Team” on 27 Feb at 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Click here for the flyer.

Online registration will commence at 12:00 noon on 24 Feb. The webinar will also be recorded and offered to members as a free online course. Visit the CPD e-learning course webpage to explore other courses.

Take control of your professional development
Developed by the Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee, the Institute’s Professional Development Framework for PAIBs can help members to understand how to develop their skillset for career success, and direct them to the relevant continuing professional development programmes. Learn more about the framework in the A Plus article Framework for success.
Latest arrangements of IRD public services

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) announced that its public services will, until 21 Feb, be limited to (1) Business Registration Office; (2) Stamp Office; and (3) Central Enquiry Counter for enquiries relating to tax clearance for taxpayers leaving Hong Kong.

Deadlines for tax payments, lodgement of objections and holdover applications, and submission of tax returns and information that fall due between 29 Jan and 23 Feb will also be automatically extended to 24 Feb.

Recruitment of Dragon Boat team representatives

The Dragon Boat Team is recruiting representatives for the 2020 season. Click here for details and sign up by 29 Feb.

Webinars on proposed revisions to International Independence Standards

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) will hold two 60-minute webinar sessions to discuss the proposed revisions to International Independence Standards relating to non-assurance services and fees. Register now to learn about the key proposals.

Tuesday, 17 March at
8:30 p.m. HKT

Thursday, 19 March at
10:00 p.m. HKT

AML notice

Visit the Institute's anti-money laundering dedicated webpage for the updated lists of terrorists, terrorist associates and relevant persons/entities under United Nations sanctions.


Quick links:

A Plus

Technical resources centre LinkedIn
SMP and SME resource centre See past e-circulars
CPD programmes At-a-glance calendar
Hong Kong CPA Practice Directory Change personal information
HKICPA Source Email us

For general enquiry regarding content of this circular, please call 2287-7228.


If you require any technical assistance on this transmission, please contact IT support team at 2287-7800 or

Your personal data collected from the enrolment process and administration of courses will be used for the purpose of the administration of the course on which you are enrolled. Such data collected may be accessible by the Institute's officers, persons or committees processing the application and related matters. In addition, the Institute may use the collected data for statistical research and analysis and, if applicable, for validation of CPD hours. The Institute intends to use the personal data of your name, email address and correspondence address to inform you, where relevant, of CPD activities, members' benefits, goods, services, facilities and events organized or provided by the Institute or other organizations. Members and registered students may opt out of receiving such materials at any time by logging in here. Non-members may opt out of receiving such materials at any time by sending an email to the Institute at or a letter to the Institute's privacy officer. For more information about the privacy policy of the Institute, please click here.

Some sections contain information from outside sources. We endeavour to link to reputable sources but the Institute is not responsible for the accuracy of the content and the content does not necessarily represent the views of the Institute.

This email together with the file(s) transmitted is intended solely for addressee(s) only and may contain confidential or privileged information. If you received this email in error, please contact the sender and delete it together with its attachment(s) from your computer(s). You should note that the views expressed in this email are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Institute. The recipient should check this email and all attachments for the presence of virus. The Institute will not accept liability for any damage caused by any viruses transmitted with this email.