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Singapore Budget 2019: Tax developments

Mr Heng Swee Keat delivered the Budget Statement in Parliament on 18 Feb, announcing various tax and policy changes aimed at building a long-term and fiscally sustainable future.

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MOF consults on proposed GST and stamp duty treatment of variable capital companies (VCCs) in Singapore

The proposed amendments to the GST Act and SD Act will be incorporated into a Variable Capital Companies (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2019.

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The case for redistributive taxation in Singapore

The case for redistributive taxation in Singapore

An understanding of moral philosophy arguments can help drive good tax policy to alleviate inequality.

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Property tax better form of wealth tax for Singapore: Heng

Property tax better form of wealth tax for Singapore: Heng

Wealth taxes should ideally target fixed assets like property instead of levying inheritances or other holdings as most household wealth here is held in the form of property, said Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

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Why wealth taxes may not be such a good idea for Singapore

Why wealth taxes may not be such a good idea for Singapore

The author says taxing inheritances is unfair and will open a can of worms of financial avoidance mechanisms and sometimes fraud.

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Parliament: MP Cheryl Chan urges Govt to consider wealth and inheritance taxes on super-rich individuals

Parliament: MP Cheryl Chan urges Govt to consider wealth and inheritance taxes on super-rich individuals

She proposed looking into the option of a wealth and inheritance tax for ultra-high net worth individuals, or the top 1 to 2 per cent of society.

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2019 Singapore Budget: Asset and wealth management implications 2019

The 2019 Singapore Budget is clearly supportive of the local asset and wealth management industry and it positions Singapore well amongst its international peers.

Reits sector gets big boost from lifting of sunset clause on tax exemption

Reits sector gets big boost from lifting of sunset clause on tax exemption

Extension of other tax perks also cheered, but some say Budget moves may not be enough to draw trust and Reit listings, especially from aircraft leasing sector.

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Singapore's energy players to feel heat of carbon tax only marginally

Singapore's energy players to feel heat of carbon tax only marginally

All the main producing plants in the power-generation sector are expected to be hit by the new carbon tax, which will be S$5 a tonne from this year till 2023, going up to S$10-S$15 a tonne by 2030.

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E-commerce tax: not in Budget, but on the horizon

E-commerce tax: not in Budget, but on the horizon

Attempting to determine the taxable revenues of a digital business - especially one that crosses borders - can be tricky, at best. Coming up with a mechanism that is both comprehensive and equitable is an even greater challenge.

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Singapore Budget 2019: Smaller duty-free alcohol allowance and GST relief for overseas shopping

Singapore Budget 2019: Smaller duty-free alcohol allowance and GST relief for overseas shopping

Under the new rules, returning travellers will be entitled to only two litres of wine, beer or a combination of the two, or a litre of spirits and a litre of either wine or beer duty-free.

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Diesel duty doubled to 20 cents a litre

Diesel duty doubled to 20 cents a litre

At the same time, the annual Special Tax for diesel-powered cars and taxis will be reduced further by $100 and $850, respectively, from Feb 18.

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Budget puts some tax breaks out to pasture

Budget puts some tax breaks out to pasture

Analysts say impact mitigated by alternatives; schemes had been reviewed for relevance.

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