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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 programme 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 workshop useful.

Programme Outline

Overview of withholding tax system

Taxation of non-residents

Income deemed sourced in Singapore

Types of income subject to withholding tax

Exemptions and remissions

Withholding tax rates under domestic laws and tax treaties

Concept of permanent establishment

Claiming reduced rates or exemption under tax treaties

Withholding tax compliance and administration

  • Timing of withholding
  • Calculations
  • Withholding tax forms
  • Penalties for non-compliance
  • Voluntary disclosure

Minimising withholding tax risks

Expert Speaker

Ng Wei Pheng

Wei Pheng has more than 25 years of tax experience, including many years in Big Four accounting firms, advising on corporate restructuring and tax planning involving transactions with cross national boundaries.

Wei Pheng has assisted investors on tax due diligence reviews and tax structuring for local and overseas acquisitions, and has provided tax advice to, and assisted in, IPO projects. She has also been involved in several requests for tax rulings and represented clients in dispute resolutions before the tax authorities.

Wei Pheng is an Accredited Tax Advisor (ATA) with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals.

This is a face-to-face event, to be conducted on 17 December 2020.

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