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Goods And Services Tax (GST)

What Is GST?

  • Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax charged on the supply of goods and services made in Singapore and on the importation of goods into Singapore.
  • The current rate is 7% since 1 July 2007.

What Goods And Services Are Subject To GST?

  • All goods and services are taxable and known as taxable supplies.
  • However, some items are specifically exempt from GST by law. Exempted items include financial services and the sale or lease of residential properties.

When Do I Pay GST?

  • You have to pay GST when you buy goods or services from GST-registered businesses and when you import goods into Singapore. For imports, GST is paid to Singapore Customs.

When Do I Collect GST?

  • You can collect GST if you register with the Comptroller of GST to collect GST.

When Is It Compulsory To Register?

  • Your business may register to collect GST if your annual turnover exceeds or is likely to exceed S$1 million from the sale of taxable goods and services.
  • This requirement may be waived if most of your goods or services are exported or supplied internationally ("zero-rated supplies").

Why Should I Register?

  • Most businesses register for GST to claim back the GST incurred on their business purchases.
  • When GST paid exceeds GST collected, the difference can be claimed from IRAS as a GST refund.
  • When GST collected exceeds GST paid, you have to pay the difference to IRAS.
  • When GST rate increase, it may make business sense to voluntarily register to collect GST in order to claim back GST incurred on business purchases.


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