Understanding the Importance of Employee Support During Tax Season

Murtuza Topiwalla
Jun 25

A dedicated workforce is considered the backbone of every country. The consistent growth of various industries and sectors depends on the productivity of the workforce. To ensure productivity, the government and respective sectors need to take specific employee well-being and support measures. This support measure may include virtual training and learning, creating an agile work environment, and strategic programs to encourage workplace camaraderie.

The Singapore government provides support to the workforce during tax season. They offer many perks and benefits to the workforce to help them focus on their core responsibilities without worrying too much about the complicated tax filing processes.  The processes for filing their taxes every year are made more accessible.  The government provides guidelines for employees from the private and government sector.  These initiatives help provide the workforce greater flexibility to serve the nation devotedly. 

The employees are required to file their tax returns electronically or through paperwork until April 15 every year. They can claim tax deductions, personal relief and rebates if they qualify for such facilities according to the conditions of the preceding year. In addition, the Singapore government provides relaxation on the tax liability.

Taxation policies vary according to the amount of income subject to tax rates. It is essential for the proper imposition of taxes, including specific amounts taken from the total amount of the taxpayer’s income. Taxes can be imposed either directly or indirectly and the tax rate can be specific, ad-valorem or progressive.

Tax Season in Singapore

Tax season can affect the performance of employees because the entire process of tax filing involves several complicated procedures. While it is exhausting to prepare and file their taxes, many employees are not well-informed of all things involved in tax filing. Filing taxes requires professionals with knowledge of taxation laws to ensure correct computation. Thus, tax season only adds burdens to many employees.

In Singapore, a taxable year runs from January 1 to December 31. Employees are supposed to complete the tax form by April 15 of the current year. Currently, the tax rate is capped at 22% (above S$320,000) for residents and a flat rate of 15% to 22% for non-residents. In the case of a foreign employee, the employer should collect the tax and then submit it to the government.

Tax Regulatory Authority in Singapore

Every nation has its tax regulatory authority. In Singapore, the ‘’Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore,’’ commonly known as (IRAS) is the primary tax administrator. IRAS represents the government in tax treaty negotiations, drafting tax legislation and any advice important to the government on matters like property valuation.  

IRAS collects the taxes that contribute to almost 70% of the government’s spending on aiding social and economic welfare schemes and programs initiated to improve the economy, create more business opportunities within the country and encourage trade with other countries. The tax system aids the government in its Operating Revenue for developmental projects across the country. The tax revenue is used for public goods and services, which helps generate such commodities circulated in the country for money generation and provides long-term benefits.

Taxation as a Tool for Economic Development

The taxes collected from employees’ salaries provide the government with an appropriate amount of funds. The funds raised by governments through tax collection are used to uplift the economy and promote high-standard businesses. Public support and other essential improvements in various sectors came from these funds.

A sound tax system provides employees with information regarding withholding taxes, employer-provided benefits and pre-tax contributions to the retirement plan. There are cases that employees do not know how to access their right to appeal in tax matters. IRAS must provide support to the government and its people regarding the tax system for the welfare and prosperity of the state.

Economic Market in Singapore

Singapore’s market attracts investors because of the benefits and perks provided to them. The low tax rates and other incentives for foreign investors made it an investors’ tax haven and a magnet for global finance. With its tax policy and a location that makes it a gateway for companies hoping to expand into the emerging Asian economies, this island city-state is a global hub for international investment and commerce. The tax policy of this market favours the people living and doing business in this country.

The market of Singapore is desirable due to its unique policies, tax relaxations and broader sphere for investments. There is specific relaxation in corporate and personal tax rates for trade and commerce, comprehensive double tax treaties, tax relief measures and a one-tier tax system. Employees belonging to any type of business, such as joint-stock firms, partnership businesses or trust foundations, express their job satisfaction. 


In Singapore, few deductions can be claimed against employees’ income. Various schemes such as provisions of grants and personal relief support the employees. Taxes are not deductible in cases involving capital assets. More so, capital gains are not taxable in Singapore. Thus, a taxpayer can enjoy full benefits from low tax rates.

Unless an employee is not officially considered a trader or dealer, they are not obliged to pay tax on the business’s revenues. The capital gain tax exemptions apply in such cases. Employees are exempted from tax on any interest income, whether gained by debt securities, by depositing money with licensed finance companies or even with banks. 

For taxable income, the rental income in property is taxable.  Regardless of the employee working within or outside the country, the remuneration is subject to Singapore income tax.  Working outside the state is a work extended for the nation. In rare cases, when an employee leaves the country for an overseas assignment or land, they are not liable to pay income tax.

The Singapore government ensures that employees are given the utmost support, especially during tax season. This support is significant and beneficial in minimizing errors in filing taxes and reducing the late filing of taxes. Other taxation policies reduced the burden of taxes and increased the employee’s value.

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