While GST administration in Singapore is coming to the 24 years mark, GST registered small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are still playing catch up in terms of GST risk management and alignment of GST updates to match the practical aspects of running business as usual.
Considering GST is a transactional based tax and there are inherent risks on the supply (e.g. direct deductions of certain items from employee payroll might trigger a need to consider GST) and purchase perspective (e.g. a supplier who provides us with a tax invoice with GST might not be GST registered), GST registered SMEs who have not diligently managed GST risk from such angle could be in for hard landing and the financial consequences may also be significant.
Mr Richard OngPartner & Head, GST Services
RSM Chio Lim LLP
Richard heads the GST Division in RSM Chio Lim LLP. He has more than 15 years of experience in GST with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), Deloitte & Touche LLP, and United Test and Assembly Center Ltd (UTAC). His diverse background with the tax authority, professional and commercial firms allows him to share with seminar participants a balanced view and approach towards GST risk management and compliance. Richard has spoken at public seminars in Singapore and Malaysia on topics such as Understanding Goods & Services Tax, Managing GST Risks, the GST Assisted Self-help Kit (ASK) and Malaysia GST. He is also an Accredited Tax Advisor (GST) with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals Limited.