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IRAS requested I (tentant) pay them rent for $ owed by Llord

Postby rosborn » Mon, 17 May 2010 8:18 pm

I received a NOTICE ISSUED UNDER SECTION 57 (1) INCOME TAX ACT CAP (CAP. 134), APPOINTMENT OF TENANT TO AGENT. that we now pay rent to the Sing Revenue Authority until amount xxx is repaid (on behalf of landlord) and if we (the tenant) do not pay the money we owe the landlord for rent, the amount will be recovered from us by the IRAS.
This is unusual (and worrying!) since we don't have a lease contract with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore....

Has anyone seen this before?
What are our rights and obligations?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 17 May 2010 10:36 pm

You have the right to complain via letter, but they have the right to attach your wages if you don't pay it. Welcome to IRAS. They, like the IRS in the US, are the strongest single body of the Government. They are also the most efficient bill collectors out there as they can and will garnish your wages if you do not pay.

It sounds like your landlord is retired and therefore all his income is via investments. As you are furnishing him with income, they have legally made you their agent. If you look at the letter, it may well say from the Comptroller of property Tax instead of Comptroller of Income Tax. They also collect the property taxes and the TV license fee. It is entirely within their power to make you an agent of collection.

I received them all the time as most of the locals we employ are low-wage deadbeat types who don't bother to pay their property taxes and TV licenses (both come on the same bill in January). Usually, I have to write a letter of objection back as the individual names has left our employ some years earlier.

It's official and it's wise to pay them as requested. You don't want to run foul of IRAS.

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Postby rosborn » Tue, 18 May 2010 8:40 am

Thanks. Can the landlord then sue/pursue us for not paying the rent to him?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 18 May 2010 9:35 am

Nope.

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Postby rosborn » Tue, 18 May 2010 9:51 am

this is very helpful. Thanks!!

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Postby DimWit Kid » Thu, 20 May 2010 10:30 pm

This is interesting - no idea of this before

So, SMS, in this kind of cases, the tenant will pay to IRAS, and in turn, deduct amount paid to IRAS from the rental due?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 20 May 2010 11:18 pm

yep.


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