Sole proprietor convicted for PIC sham

3 Aug 2018

Lim Mei Lee (“Lim”), 29, 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.

Court Sentences

Lim faced a total of 8 charges of giving false information to the Comptroller of Income Tax 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, twice the amount of cash payouts and bonuses illegally obtained, and sentenced her to 23 weeks’ imprisonment in default of payment.

Facts of the Case

Investigations revealed that Lim gave false information to the Comptroller of Income Tax 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 offence by giving false information to illegally obtain PIC cash payouts and bonuses that she was not entitled to.

Severe Penalties for Abusing the PIC Scheme

IRAS takes a serious view of any attempt by claimants, vendors or consultants to defraud the Government. Offenders convicted of PIC fraud will have to pay a penalty of up to four times the amount of cash payout fraudulently obtained, or which would have been obtained if the offence had not been detected, and a fine of up to $50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years.

Reporting of Malpractices

Businesses or individuals are encouraged to immediately disclose any past mistakes. IRAS will treat such disclosures as mitigating factors when considering action to be taken. Those who wish to disclose past mistakes or wish to report malpractices or potential abuses of the PIC scheme can write to:

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
Investigation & Forensics Division
55 Newton Road, Revenue House
Singapore 307987


Cash Rewards for Informant

A reward based on 15% of the tax recovered, capped at $100,000, would be given to informants if the information and/or documents provided lead to a recovery of tax that would have otherwise been lost. All payments are at the discretion of the Comptroller. IRAS would ensure that the identities of informants are kept strictly confidential.

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore