Income Tax – Sole-proprietor to pay penalty for omission of income


It was reported on the IRAS’ website on 17 September that Tan Siew Hoon Pauline, the sole-proprietor of Staffing Network which provides recruitment services, pleaded guilty on 30 July 2018 to 5 charges of understating her income without reasonable excuse for Years of Assessment (YAs) 2009 to 2013.

IRAS’ Investigations revealed that Tan had only declared $444,633 in her income tax returns for YAs 2009 to 2013 when the net income earned was $1,748,058.  Further, Tan did not notify the Comptroller of GST when the taxable turnover of Staffing Network had exceeded $1m in Year 2009.

Tan was the sole signatory of Staffing Network’s bank account and she personally managed and prepared the accounts of Staffing Network. She tracked the revenue payments from her customers, made payments for Staffing Network’s operating expenses and banked in customers’ cheques into Staffing Network’s bank account.

The court sentenced Tan to pay a penalty of $344,522, which is 2X the tax undercharged of $172,261, and a fine of $17,500.  One other charge of failing to notify the Comptroller of Goods and Services Tax of her liability to be registered for GST was taken into consideration for sentencing.

What does this mean to you?

IRAS takes a serious view of non-compliance and tax evasion. There will be severe penalties for those who either give incorrect returns or wilfully evade tax. Penalties for tax evasion can be up to four times the amount of tax evaded. Jail terms may also be imposed.

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Income Tax – Country-by-Country Reporting (Third Edition)


The IRAS has issued the third edition of the Country-by-Country Reporting e-Tax Guide on 7 August 2018 by amending the answer to Question 11 of the FAQ.

Question 11: Can rounded figures be reported in the CbC report?

Companies can report rounded figures in their CbC report if the source data from which those amounts have been obtained consist of rounded figures.

Companies should ensure that the rounding does not have a material impact in terms of understanding the CbC report.

When rounding off to the nearest thousand, companies would still have to show the figures in full. For example, if the rounded figure is S$1,126,000, it should be entered in the CbC report as S$1,126,000 and not S$1,126.

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Income Tax – Sole proprietor convicted for PIC sham


It was reported in IRAS’ website on 3 August 2018 that Lim
Mei Lee, who is a sole proprietor of Wahla Balloon, has been convicted and sentenced for abusing the Productivity and Innovation Credit (“PIC“) scheme by giving false information to illegally obtain PIC cash payouts and bonuses for Wahla Balloon.

Investigations by IRAS revealed that Lim gave false information to the Comptroller of Income Tax (“CIT“) by stating in Wahla Balloon’s PIC application forms that the business had incurred qualifying PIC expenditure when no such expenditure had been incurred.

The forms were submitted between November 2013 to July 2014 to claim $11,953.80 in PIC cash payouts and $13,269 in PIC bonuses for the purported expenditure of $19,923 to purchase items such as balloon inflators and to attend balloon making workshops.

Lim thus committed an offense by giving false information to illegally obtain PIC cash payouts and bonuses that she was not entitled to.

Lim faced a total of 8 charges of giving false information to the CIT to illegally obtain PIC cash payouts and bonuses. She pleaded guilty to 3 proceeded charges, involving a total amount of PIC cash payouts and bonuses of $13,204.60, with the other 5 remaining charges being taken into consideration for the purposes of sentencing. The Court ordered Lim to pay a fine of $9,000 and a penalty of $26,409.20, 2X the amount of cash payouts and bonuses illegally obtained, and sentenced her to 23 weeks’ imprisonment in default of payment.

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Singapore GST – Accomplice of GST fraud mastermind put in jail


It was reported in IRAS’ website on 2 August 2018 that
Sng Kay Heng who is a sole proprietor of Strikey Trading was found guilty and convicted of making false entries in the GST returns of his business entity, resulting in GST refunds totaling $30,806.61.

Sng was the accomplice of Eric Chan, who was convicted in July 2014 for masterminding a complex GST scam by using multiple shell entities and colluding with Sng to defraud the Comptroller of GST of GST refunds.  Sng had voluntarily registered himself for GST in October 2005.

IRAS’ investigations revealed that Sng, who elected to file his GST returns on a monthly basis, made false entries in his GST returns for the accounting periods ended November 2005, December 2005 and January 2006.

Investigations further revealed that the suppliers whom Strikey Trading had purportedly made purchases from confirmed that they did not make any sales to Strikey Trading.

Sng had claimed trial to 3 GST charges of making false entries with wilful intent to evade tax in his GST returns.  The Court sentenced Sng to 6 weeks’ imprisonment and ordered him to pay a penalty of $92,000, which is 3X of the amount of tax undercharged.

What does this mean to you?

Under Singapore GST law, it is a serious offense to claim GST input tax on fictitious purchases or understate output tax on sales. Offenders face a penalty of up to 3 times the amount of tax undercharged, a fine not exceeding $10,000, and/or imprisonment of up to 7 years.

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Singapore GST – Request For Extension of Filing GST Form F5


For Singapore GST purposes, all GST-registered businesses are required to file their GST returns on time.  The IRAS considers one month after the end of the prescribed accounting period a reasonable deadline and no extensions will be granted.

Nevertheless, IRAS has announced that it is prepared to grant an extension of time for newly registered businesses and for businesses which fall within the following list of acceptable reasons:

  • Newly GST-registered businesses (1st GST return) – 1 month
  • Fire disaster – 2 months (submission of the police report and the insurance claim is required)
  • Breakdown of computer systems – 2 months (submission of the IT servicing report is required)
  • Purchase of new accounting software and/or IT systems – 2 months (submission of the tax invoice is required)
  • Key accounting personnel on medical leave of more than 1 week  – 2 months (submission of medical/ hospitalization certificates is required).

Affected businesses should email IRAS at least 3 working days before the filing due date with the supporting documents (where applicable) to enable IRAS to have sufficient time to process the request for an extension of time to file their GST F5.

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