The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) collected S$52.4 billion in taxes in the fiscal year 2018/19, an increase by 4.4% compared to previous year. These figures were made public through the agency’s annual report released on Sept. 2, 2019.
Reason for positive economic performance
“Singapore’s economy expanded by 3.1% in 2018 and unemployment rate remained low at 2.1%,” Iras chairman Tan Ching Yee said.
“The favourable economic performance contributed to higher tax collections in FY2018/19, which will support the Government’s programmes.”
Goods and services tax accounted for 21% of total collection. It increased by a slight 1.6% which amounted to S$11.1 billion. The growth was due to the observed increase in private consumption expenditure in 2018.
The bulk of Singapore’s tax revenue came from income tax, comprising corporate income tax, individual income tax and withholding tax. It amounted to S$29.4 billion, or 56% of Iras’ collection for the 12 months ended March 31. Income tax grew 7.9% over the previous fiscal year.
Individual income tax collection rose by 9.2 or S$11.7 billion. This was due to the introduction of an overall relief cap of S$80,000 for each year of assessment (YA) in YA2018.
Corporate income tax climbed by 7.3% amounting to S$16.1 billion when compared to previous year.
Tax collection vs. government operating revenue
IRAS’ collection accounted for 71.1% of government operating revenue. The amount represented 10.6% of Singapore’s gross domestic product, or economic output terms.
A slowing down of collection in the future
There is a predicted slowing down in tax collection especially in areas such as corporate income tax and there is probability that stamp duties for property sales will low down given the current economic slump.
Singapore is expected to grow zero to 1% after full-year growth forecast has been slashed, the slowest growth rate in a decade. -/TISG