Category Archives: Income Tax

Income Tax – Public Consultation on Draft Income Tax (Amendment) Bill 2017


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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Income Tax – Robotic Ice-Cream Machine Dealer Convicted of False PIC Claim


It was reported in IRAS’ website on 27 April 2017 that
Robofusion Asia Pte Ltd (“Robofusion”) has been convicted of giving false information in the Productivity and Innovation Credit (“PIC“) cash payout application form.  Its director, Yong Tai Kok (“Yong“) has also been convicted of his role in assisting Robofusion in making the false PIC Claim.

IRAS’ investigation

IRAS’ Investigations revealed that Yong obtained the consent of two other people who were not employees of Robofusion, to use their names in Robofusion’s PIC cash payout application form dated 23 May 2013.  Robofusion made CPF contributions to their Central Provident Fund accounts in order to represent them as Robofusion’s local employees when in fact they were not.

Robofusion’s PIC cash payout application was for the purchase of “Robofusion Generation 4 Ice Cream Kiosk” costing $93,000 on 28 Feb 2013 and “Software License and Implementation for Cashless Payment System and Kiosk Payment Integration” costing $14,980 on 29 Apr 2013. The amount of PIC cash payout which was wrongfully obtained was $60,000.

Eventually … 

The court ordered Robofusion to pay a penalty of $60,000 for the PIC cash payout that it was not entitled to.

Yong was convicted of intentionally aiding Robofusion to, without reasonable excuse, give false information to the Comptroller of Income Tax to obtain a PIC cash payout which the company was not entitled to.  The court ordered Yong to pay a penalty of $120,000, which is twice the amount of PIC cash payout that was wrongfully claimed and a fine of $4,000.

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Income Tax – Revised e-Tax Guide on Tax Exemption Under Section 13(12) of the ITA


On 31 March 2017, the IRAS reissued the e-Tax Guide on Tax Exemption Under Section 13(12) of the Income Tax Act.

The tax exemption scheme for infrastructure foreign income will expire on 31 Dec 2022 (unless specifically revoked earlier). Accordingly, where the section 13(12) declaration form is submitted to IRAS after 31 Dec 2022, the infrastructure foreign income will not enjoy the tax exemption, unless the scheme is extended.

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Income Tax – Revised Requirements for Filing Form C-S


As announced by the 2nd Minister for Finance on 7 Mar 2017, IRAS will increase the annual revenue threshold for filing Form C-S from the current $1 million to $5 million to reduce compliance cost on businesses.

In view of the above, with effect from YA 2017,  companies will qualify to file Form C-S if they meet all of the following conditions:

  1. The company must be incorporated in Singapore;
  2. The company must have an annual revenue of $5 million or below
  3. The company only derives income taxable at the prevailing corporate tax rate of 17%; and
  4. The company is not claiming any of the following in the YA:
    1. Carry-back of Current Year Capital Allowances/ Losses
    2. Group Relief
    3. Investment Allowance
    4. Foreign Tax Credit  and Tax Deducted at Source

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Income Tax – Revised Wavier for ECI Filing Requiements


IRAS has revised the waiver for companies to file its annual estimated chargeable income in order to reduce the compliance cost of doing businesses in Singapore.

Currently, the criteria for ECI waiver are as follows:

  • Annual revenue is not more than $1 million for the financial year; and
  • ECI before exempt amount is NIL for the relevant Year of Assessment.

For companies whose financial year ending in or after July 2017, the revenue requirement will be increased to $5 million.  For this purpose, revenue refers to a company’s main source of income and excludes separate source income such as interest, dividend, and rental, which do not arise from its principal activity.

Please also note that the following entities do not need to file ECI:

  • Foreign shipowners or charterers for whom the Shipping Return  has been or would be submitted by the local shipping agent;
  • Foreign universities;
  • Designated unit trusts and approved CPF unit trusts
  • Real estate investment trusts that have been granted the tax treatment under Section 43(2) of the Income Tax Act; and
  • Any other specific case granted waiver to furnish ECI by IRAS, e.g. via an advance ruling issued.

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