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A Practical Guide to Withholding Tax (On Demand)


Withholding tax is a mechanism to collect income tax from certain groups of non-residents and is an area often overlooked by businesses. With the rise of cross border transactions, it is therefore important for businesses to understand the practical application of withholding tax to avoid penalties and minimise their tax burden.

This webinar is designed specifically to give Accounting and Tax Professionals a practical knowledge of withholding tax. You will also learn about the concept of permanent establishment and gain a basic understanding of some articles in tax treaty. Personnel involved in tax compliance of the company and project costing will also find the webinar useful.

Programme Outline

Overview of withholding tax system
Who are non-resident companies and individuals
Transactions that are subject to withholding tax

  • Applicable sections in Singapore Income Tax Act
  • Rights-based approach for characterising software payments and payments for the use of or the right to use information and digitised goods

Exemptions and remissions
Withholding tax rate

  • Singapore Income Tax Act
  • Application of tax treaties
  • Permanent establishment and implication to withholding tax
  • Various articles in a tax treaty (eg business profits, royalties and interest articles , etc)
  • Claiming exemptions or reduced rates under the tax treaties
  • Certificates of residence

Permanent Establishment (“PE”)

  • Definition of PE
  • Types of PE

Withholding tax compliance and administration

  • Timing of withholding and payment to IRAS
  • Calculation
  • Who bears the withholding tax
  • When payment is in foreign currency
  • Deductibility of withholding tax on interest borne by companies on behalf of non-residents
  • Withholding tax forms
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Voluntary disclosure

Foreign tax credit
Case studies

Target Audience

Accountants and Tax Professionals 

Expert Speaker

Wong Kok Siong

Kok Siong is a Tax Partner with Steven Tan Russell Bedford PAC. He has over 20 years of experience in tax compliance and tax planning, including 12 years with one of the Big Four Accounting Firms.

Kok Siong is well versed in Singapore income tax law and practice and he advises clients on a broad array of projects, including mergers and acquisitions, portfolio transfers, corporate restructuring, tax due diligence, cross-border transactions and investments. Having worked with clients in multiple industries, Kok Siong has extensive experience and expertise in serving local, multinational and listed companies in Singapore as well as multinational companies based in Asia Pacific, United States and Europe.

Kok Siong is an Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA) with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants.

The webinar was recorded on 23 September 2020.

  • Elearning
    • $218.00 incl. GST
    • PD hours: 3
    Complete online at your own pace (Self-paced)
    • $218.00 incl. GST

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