Don't worry. You may be surprised but it is a common occurrence, no thanks to the substandard HR quality here.BoroBoy wrote:I am currently job hunting for positions in HK and Singapore, however I have just been thinking back to a tax issue that happened when I left Singapore and wondering if it will impact getting another EP.
I lived in Singapore between feb 2007 - sept 2009. In sept 2009 I was transferred by my company to Japan as part of a promotion. At the time I thought my company would withhold the last months salary to cover my tax so I didnt think about it again, although I probably should have. I had money flowing around my SG accounts for relocation funds and per diem expenses for my last month in Singapore etc, plus a big bonus so I never did the maths.
Anyway at some point the next year a courier delivered a letter to my employers office in Singapore and reception signed for it. I asked them to open it and it was a notice telling me I was barred from leaving Singapore and to report to the tax office for unpaid taxes.
Turns out that my company should have withheld the last month (they told me they would) but someone in HR messed up.
So, the same day the letter was delivered to my office in SG I called the tax office and explained the situation and the same day sent a cheque from Japan via DHL express for the full amount. The next day (or maybe 2 days later) I called the tax office and they said thank you we received the cheque, good luck, end of story.
I have been back to singapore umpteen times as a visitor since 2010, but do you think this will affect any future EP application?
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