The Ministry of Finance has published for public consultation the Draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2017 to incorporate 34 proposed legislative amendments, including:
1. Eight Budget 2017 changes, including
- Enhancement and extension of the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) rebate for Year of Assessment (YA) 2017 and YA 2018.
- Introduction of the Personal Income Tax rebate of 20% (capped at S$500) for YA 2017.
- Liberalisation of the tax deduction for payments under Cost Sharing Agreements (CSAs) for Research and Development (R&D) projects.
2. Amendment to introduce mandatory Transfer Pricing Documentation Requirement
To limit compliance burden for smaller businesses, the mandatory TPD requirement will only apply to businesses with a turnover exceeding $10m and significantly related party transactions. The majority of companies will not be affected, as this change will only be relevant to fewer than 5% of all companies, many of which have already been maintaining TPD.
3. 25 Other non-budget changes including
- Amendments relating to third-party voluntary contributions to the Medisave accounts of private sector employees and self-employed persons (SEPs).
- Changes to enable the Minister for Finance to implement Singapore’s obligations under the Multilateral Convention to Implement Tax Treaty Related Measures to Prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).
The consultation exercise will end on 10 July 2017.
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