Last week, Singapore’s finance minister announced the 2017 budget. We’ve summarized its most important points for foreign entities doing business in Singapore and for those considering expanding there.
On March 24, Singapore’s Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the Singapore budget for the 2016 financial year. An outline of Heng’s speech to parliament, with links to passages by topic, is available on the government website. Since the full text runs to over 14,000 words — or 72 pages in the downloadable Word document — we’re summarizing the budget’s important tax-related points here.
Companies of all sizes — not just behemoths like Google and Facebook — are under increased scrutiny from tax authorities. We are in a time when corporate tax laws around the globe are evolving at a quick pace, and this understandably leaves many corporations uneasy and looking for clarity. Let’s look at two scenarios involving how a multinational might be taxed by two sets of tax authorities on the same income. Equipped with this knowledge, you may be able to avoid these kinds of pitfalls, or at least be prepared for the possibility that they may arise.
Our advisors' expertise and experience helping clients overcome compliance challenges of the moment put them in a great position to predict the global trends multinationals need to be aware of in 2016. Here are three of our top advisors for their informal takes on what to watch for in 2016.
Under pressure to raise money, governments around the world, particularly in North America and Europe, are investing more resources into their taxing authorities to increase audits and enforce violations more rigorously, collecting money on transfer payments they judge as not meeting the standard.
Earlier this month, UK Chancellor George Osborne announced his Summer Budget to Parliament. The Budget made news in the UK and beyond primarily for its plan to raise the UK’s National Living Wage at the same time that it cuts welfare benefits. While the new minimum wage requirement is noteworthy for multinationals operating in the UK, there are other aspects of the Budget that will more seriously affect those businesses, for better and worse.
This year, Singapore was ranked number one in ease of doing business in the East Asia & Pacific region. Unfortunately, with the introduction of some new transfer pricing guidelines, doing business in Singapore just became a little more complicated.