PUB bill showing 115% tax on water services goes viral

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A netizen’s utilities bill has gone viral after he highlighted that he has been taxed 115 per cent on water services his household consumed last month. The post quickly garnered over 500 shares so far.

The netizen, Facebook user Dennis Khew, noted that he was charged $11.66 for water charges but was also taxed $13.36 on top of that amount. The $13.36 is made up of a Waterborne Fee, Water Conservation Tax and a 7 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST):

Khew also pointed out that the amount he is taxed is only set to go up, considering the impending GST hike.

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that GST will increase by 2 per cent, as he delivered Budget 2018 in February this year. This tax hike will raise the GST from 7 per cent to 9 per cent and will be implemented sometime between 2021 and 2025, in a progressive way.

It is of interest that the GST hike will only be implemented from 2021, as it means that the tax hike will most likely only go into effect after the next General Election which must be held by 15 Jan 2021.

The curious timing of the impending GST hike

56 COMMENTS

  1. Oh My God, Just ask my uncle’ to check his bill and he say yes the tax is 115% tax. Wow when you don’t pay attention to details they rob you in broad daylight. I told him to come live with me in Johore so that he need not complain anymore.

  2. Ah Long (the loanshark type, not the Ah Loong in Instana) can tell u this is like how they charge their usury interest; then again we know Pay-And-Pay need to suck more blood/$$$ to feed so many useless Ministers.
    Anyone ever think how come Ah Loong has more Ministers & MPs than his father but keep screwing up?

  3. Are u sure or not, 115,% tax?. I always blindly pay the amt shown on the bill as I treat it as extortion. But never mind lah sg. gov. did give me some money as rebates. I just forget it as I am poor in Arithematic But I remember about 30 yrs ago PUB admitted that it had over charged consumers by $ 400 million. This amt. is sky big at that time. I don’t know where is the money Now?.

  4. This is as good as cheating,thieve and robbery in broad daylight ? Can we have accountability on this issue please ?
    If the garmen can rob ppl of their hard earned money in plain sight , cannot imagine what goes in the nation reserve ? Why are they so desperate in need of money to such a extend that they are ready to commit a crime ?