Tax Essentials Series for Small Law Firms and Businesses: Common Legal Issues in Tax Faced by SMEs

06 March 2020, Friday

02.00 - 05.00PM
Singapore Academy of Law
#08 -08, Stamford 1 & 2 
The Adelphi
1 Coleman Street
Singapore 179803

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Programme Synopsis

This workshop will take you through some of the key issues in income tax, goods and services tax and stamp duties that SMEs would encounter at each stage of its life cycle – establishment, growth and expansion, internationalisation, restructuring. The workshop will also address the enterprise tax risks faced by SMEs in the new tax landscape where, in tandem with the increasing complexity in the international and domestic tax systems, the investigative and enforcement powers of the tax authorities have been enhanced. Experienced practitioners will share practical advice in managing and handling tax audits and investigations.

Programme Outline

  • Demystifying Tax Law: Overview of Tax Concepts
  • Case Study: Tax in the Life Cycle of a SME

About the Presenter(s)/ Trainer(s)

Ms Ong Ken Loon
Head, Tax & Private Clients Services
Drew & Napier LLC

Ken Loon advises on tax aspects of corporate transactions, such as income tax, GST, stamp duty, and property tax. She assists clients with negotiations with the IRAS and represents clients before the tax tribunals and Singapore courts.

Her clients come from across business sectors. She advises local and multinational corporate groups, financial institutions, and investment funds on a broad range of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate structures and restructurings. In addition, Ken Loon works with private clients to provide solutions to complex tax, succession and private wealth management

Before joining Drew & Napier in 2008, she was a Principal Legal Officer in the Law Division of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. She is recommended as one of Singapore’s leading tax lawyers by The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Practical Law
Company Which Lawyer?

Mr Charles Li
Associate Director, Tax & Private Client Services
Drew & Napier LLC

Charles is dual-qualified as a lawyer and accountant. He advises on all major tax types and exchange of information matters, and is familiar with mutual legal assistance requests under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. He was formerly a Senior Legal Specialist (Litigation) and a Senior Tax Prosecutor with the IRAS dealing with major tax and money laundering offences. Charles has broad experience in both the private and public sectors, and in law and accountancy. This enables him to address issues with legal, commercial and regulatory acumen. He also has experience in tax appeals, judicial review and prosecutions and has negotiated many successful settlements on behalf of clients and the tax authority.

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