Artificially Low Salaries and Tax Dodging
The Business Times, 16 December 2020
4 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2021
Date Written: December 16, 2020
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
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