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What is the Tourist Refund Scheme?

The Tourist Refund Scheme connects Central Refund Agencies and participating retailers on a single platform. Under the Tourist Refund Scheme, tourists in Singapore who meet certain criteria may claim a refund of the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on their purchases of at least S$100. Eligible tourists are entitled to up to three […]

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What is GST and How Does it Work?

GST is an acronym for Goods and Services Tax. It was introduced on April 1, 1994, as part of the Goods and Services Act. Singapore is one of many countries around the world that imposes GST on certain purchases made. In Singapore, GST is a consumption tax imposed upon purchase of any taxable goods and […]

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How Much Personal Income Tax do Non-residents have to Pay?

Every taxpayer in Singapore is regarded as either a tax resident or non-resident. Residents and non-residents are subject to different income tax rates and regulations. Although some non-residents may become residents by living or working in Singapore for at least 183 days of a calendar year or by becoming a citizen or permanent resident of […]

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How Is Income Derived from Overseas Employment Taxed?

In Singapore, one of the factors that determines how much income tax a taxpayer must pay is the origin of the income. Any income that is either earned in or derived from Singapore will have income tax charged against it. Most income that is earned overseas but received in Singapore is usually not subject to […]

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How Do I Claim a GST Refund?

Singapore is among the countries that imposes a Goods and Services Tax (GST). GST is a broad-based value added tax. It is imposed on the importation of goods as well as the vast majority of supplies of goods and services in Singapore. Only sales and leases of residential properties, most financial services, and importation and […]

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How are People Who Receive Income Despite Not Working Taxed?

Singapore tax laws divide all income into two categories: taxable income and non-taxable income. The following categories of income are subject to income tax: income earned from any employment; income earned from any trade, business, profession, or vocation which has been received in Singapore; income from property or investments, including certain types of dividends, interest, […]

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How Do I File Tax by Using e-Filing?

Every Singaporean taxpayer is legally obligated to file an income tax return once a year. For the sake of taxpayers’ convenience, the Singaporean government allows taxpayers in Singapore to use e-Filing to file income tax returns. There are several advantages to using e-Filing when compared to conventional methods of income tax filing. Taxpayers who choose […]

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How Can I Reduce My Tax Burden?

Every taxpayer is required to pay personal income tax. Everyone would like to save money on the income tax that they owe the tax authorities. Each country has its own methods for reducing taxpayers’ tax burdens. In Singapore, there are five ways by which a taxpayer may save money on taxes to be paid.   Methods […]

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