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Taxation question - Traveling on business for >200 days

Postby blessedone » Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:52 pm

Hello,

I am a Singapore PR (became one early 2011). Subsequently , unplanned business trips, sometimes very long ones happened that accrued to a whopping 200+ days out of Singapore (Calculated based on air ticket itineraries).

so the question is:
1. Am I eligible to pay a tax of 15% gross or not?
2. Is there a certificate that the company can provide that justifies the business travel outside of SG?
3. as a PR do I get exempted?

I did a bit of search on this subject on the iras website and the only useful piece of information - applicable to my case that I found is this - http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page04.aspx?id=6140 (if you are here for three consecutive years)

Help and inputs needed

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Postby Saint » Thu, 05 Apr 2012 12:23 am

PR means permanent resident so pay your taxes as such like the rest of us do. You get paid in Singapore with PR benefits and also reduce you tax? Take a look at the requirements for renewing your REP.

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Postby beppi » Thu, 05 Apr 2012 4:30 pm

If you are on business trips that are "incidental to your employment in Singapore" (or some similar wording), the pay you receive for it is taxable in Singapore (regardless of where and how it's paid).
If you are seconded abroad, salary for that is not taxable in Singapore.
I think a PR (which stands for "Permanent RESIDENT") is always taxed at resident rates even if in the country below 183 days, but you can ask IRAS to be sure.
Unless you are a very high earner, resident rates are more favourable than the 15%.


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