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Is a WP required if working from home but work is o/seas?

Postby rosborn » Tue, 07 Oct 2008 11:44 am

I have been offered a role that has me doing some work in Australia - from my home in Singapore. I want to negotiate to be paid in Singapore. Does anyone know if I need a work pass and if so, how I go about getting one if working for myself (consulting to others overseas)?
Thanks very much for your advice.

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Postby jpatokal » Wed, 08 Oct 2008 11:33 pm

Is your employer based in Singapore? If yes, you'll need a work permit... but if you're doing work in Oz and getting paid by an Oz company for it, you are at the very least highly unlikely to get busted for it.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 6:59 am

As an aside, unrelated to the visa problem, any monies earned and received in Singapore is taxable by the local IRAS (Income Tax). Therefore, I feel sure that you would also need a visa of sorts to do business here. Could be as a company representative as opposed to an employee as such. It would take some further research but at the moment it's a bit early for me but you might check the IRAS website for more details:

http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page.aspx?id=1192

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Postby rosborn » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 11:59 am

Thanks very much for the input. Yes, the company is based in AU and all the work is for companies in AU (gotta love the telecommuting model). I will check out the tax site. Cheers

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Postby jpatokal » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 9:27 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:As an aside, unrelated to the visa problem, any monies earned and received in Singapore is taxable by the local IRAS (Income Tax).

But that's the crux of the issue, isn't it -- is it earned in Singapore or not? If rosborn is already paying Oz taxes on it, then she should not be liable for Singapore tax.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 09 Oct 2008 10:44 pm

jpatokal wrote:
sundaymorningstaple wrote:As an aside, unrelated to the visa problem, any monies earned and received in Singapore is taxable by the local IRAS (Income Tax).

But that's the crux of the issue, isn't it -- is it earned in Singapore or not? If rosborn is already paying Oz taxes on it, then she should not be liable for Singapore tax.


http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page.aspx?id=1192

But they may qualify under this (although it doesn't sound like there is much area travel involved.

http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page03.aspx?id=336

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Postby jpatokal » Sun, 12 Oct 2008 2:49 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page.aspx?id=1192

But they may qualify under this (although it doesn't sound like there is much area travel involved.

http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page03.aspx?id=336


And also under this (if she pays Oz taxes on the income):

If your home country has a tax treaty with Singapore, it may protect you from being taxed twice on the same income. This depends on the provisions of the tax treaty.

http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page02.aspx?id=812
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