Tax Reform In Singapore
Globalization has forced many governments to change their economic policies, including tax policies, in the recent years. It has had an even greater impact on Singapore’s economy due to the high degree of its openness with respect to trade and investment. In this context, Singapore undertook a major restructuring of its tax system in the early 1990s. The introduction of a modern value added tax system (goods and services tax) was a part of the overall tax reform package. This paper examines how Singapore has modified its tax system to be consistent with the changes in the Singaporean economy over time and is to put itself in step with current trends in taxation. It also analyzes in detail the principal measures that the Singapore government and its tax administration took to ensure a smooth implementation of the new goods and services tax.
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