Artificially Low Salaries and Tax Dodging

The Business Times, 16 December 2020

4 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2021

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Liu Hern Kuan

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

Vincent Ooi

Singapore Management University - School of Law; Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance

Date Written: December 16, 2020

Abstract

In the recent case of Wee Teng Yau v Comptroller of Income Tax, the Singapore Supreme Court considered the issue of tax avoidance by professionals for the first time. The case involved a dentist, Dr Wee, who was initially employed by Alfred Cheng Orthodontic Clinic Pte Ltd (ACOC). Subsequently, he incorporated Straighten Pte Ltd (SPL), of which he was the sole director and shareholder. Dr Wee continued to provide the same dental services to ACOC's patients as he had done before. However, instead of paying Dr Wee directly for his services, ACOC paid for his services to SPL, which in turn paid Dr Wee a salary and a director's fee.

Keywords: Tax Law, Taxation, Tax Avoidance

Suggested Citation

Hern Kuan, Liu and Ooi, Vincent, Artificially Low Salaries and Tax Dodging (December 16, 2020). The Business Times, 16 December 2020 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3785927

Liu Hern Kuan

Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore ( email )

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Revenue House
Singapore, 307987
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HOME PAGE: http://www.iras.gov.sg

Vincent Ooi (Contact Author)

Singapore Management University - School of Law ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore, 179943
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://vincentooi.com

Singapore Management University - Centre for AI & Data Governance ( email )

55 Armenian Street
Singapore
Singapore

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