We thank taxpayers for giving us your suggestions and feedback through our various feedback channels. Here are some highlights of your suggestions and feedback, as well as IRAS' follow-up actions.
You can also read highlights of past feedback here.
||Suggestions and Feedback||IRAS' Response|
|1||Director’s Fees Approved in Arrears/Advance
To provide more clarity on the tax treatment for director’s fees approved in arrears/advance.
|The webpage on
has been enhanced with examples on the tax treatment for director’s fees approved in arrears/advance.
Information for New Companies
We have designed an infographic to illustrate the filing obligations of a new company. Companies may also refer to the Form C-S/C webpage for the procedures to request for an income tax return.
|3||Instalment Plan for Payment of Estimated Taxes for Corporate Tax
For the payment of estimated taxes, there is confusion on the number of instalments and the start date of the instalment plan.
|We have added examples to illustrate how the number of instalments and the start date of the GIRO instalment plan will depend on the date that the company filed its
Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI)
Determining the Existence of a Trade
A new webpage, Determining the Existence of a Trade , was created to provide information on the factors to determine whether a trade exists.
|5||Taxability of Grants
To provide certainty regarding the taxability of certain grants, in particular, the Capability Development Grant (CDG) and Temporary Employment Credit (TEC).
We have added the tax treatment of CDG and TEC into our webpage on Tax Treatment of Grants/Payouts Commonly Received by Companies .
||Suggestions to Include Information on the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) Scheme on the IRAS Website:
||We have updated our website to include the suggested information and have reorganised the PIC pages.|
Simple way to comply
|No.||Suggestions and Feedback||IRAS' Response|
To have more SMS notifications for taxpayers
We have introduced various new SMS initiatives, including proactive reminders to pay outstanding taxes and other notifications to enhance taxpayer’s convenience.
We have also enhanced our process flow such that taxpayers who provide their mobile number to IRAS will be automatically included in the whole suite of SMS services.
e-Filing Withholding Tax
Currently, taxpayers must have a Singapore account for GIRO deduction before they can enjoy the convenience and security of e-filing their withholding tax.
|We have enhanced our e-filing system and taxpayers are now able to e-file and pay the withholding tax by other payment modes such as cheque and electronic payments (internet banking, AXS stations, SAM Kiosk) from Jan 2016.
Reprinting Stamp Certificatee-Stamping users were unable to trace their transaction without the Merchant Reference Code, Transaction ID or Payment Slip Number. Hence, it was difficult for them to reprint the Stamp Certificate after payment has been cleared.
|A new user interface, Payment Transaction ID, was implemented on Apr 2015. It allows e-Stamping users to key in their details and trace the transaction, and to reprint the Stamp Certificate once payment has been cleared.
|4||Prior Year Annual Values
To make the Annual Value of the property for the prior and current year available. This will make it convenient for taxpayers to obtain prior year Annual Values without having to email IRAS.
IRAS enhanced the e-Valuation List service to automate the search for past five years’ Valuation Lists. Employees or tax agents who need to obtain this information to determine the taxable accommodation benefits provided by the employers will be able to obtain the information at a lower cost and enjoy greater convenience.
|5||Requirements for Major Exporter Scheme (MES) Renewal|
Since Jan 2013, GST-registered businesses applying for or renewing their MES status are required to use the Assisted Self-Help Kit (ASK) to verify their past GST reporting. The reviews are required to be certified by qualified tax professionals.
The MES requirements have caused businesses, particularly SMEs, to incur additional compliance costs to engage a certified tax professional for GST submissions.
The requirement of verifying past GST reporting using ASK was introduced to assist MES applicants to detect GST errors and take corrective actions.
|6||Allowing Consolidated Cargo Clearance Permit as Export Evidence|
Taxpayers have suggested allowing a consolidated cargo clearance permit (which contains the supplier's invoice number and invoice value) to be used as transport document in place of a subsidiary export certificate, to support zero-rating of a supply of goods.
|We are unable to accept the suggestion as the consolidated cargo clearance permit does not show the GST-registered supplier as the exporter of the goods. Hence, it cannot serve as a transport document to prove that the goods sold by the supplier
Businesses should ensure that they maintain the transaction and transport documents listed in the e-Tax Guide, “ GST: Guide on Exports (PDF, 665KB)” before zero-rating their supply of goods.
|7||Issuance of Tax Invoices for Section 33(2) Agents|
A Section 33(2) agent importing goods belonging to the overseas principal may also be the buyer of the imported goods from the overseas principal. Under the general invoicing requirements, the Section 33(2) agent is required to issue a tax invoice on behalf of the overseas principal to itself for the purchase of the goods.
To ease compliance for businesses, the requirement for the Section 33(2) agent to issue tax invoices to itself on behalf of the overseas principal has been waived and no prior approval is needed.
This change has been reflected in the e-tax guide, “ GST: Guide on Imports (PDF, 624KB)”. Other requirements of a Section 33(2) agent will still apply.