April – The Month Singaporeans Hate

Guess it’s the month that no Singaporeans like! Yes, April is the month that you must file your Income Tax return – can’t remember the date as now there is no date for me! Thanks to e-filing. Now I don’t have to do any e-filing for my wife and myself too.

I remember when I was young and staying with my parents in the 70s, my father would visit my 6th uncle to help him to fill in his income tax return. Of course there wasn’t such thing as e-filing then. When I got married, it’s my turn to do the income tax return for my wife – and I wonder why am I tasked with this job??? Is it written in the Income Tax brochure?

So when was my first Income Tax Notice of Assessment? Since I was an Air Force Regular from 1982 to 1988, so mine was the IR8C;

Now take a look at my wife’s Original Assessment for the Year of Assessment 1988;

Notice the Merlion Logo on the right and the address of the left.

The above address still at Fullerton Building. I hate such ‘carbon copy’ type of letter, as it’s very difficult to read;

Below is my Notice of Assessment for YOA 1984. It’s ok since I was a regular and the pay is of no secret haha;

You may see the list of participating banks for GIRO payment. Some of the banks are no longer existing;

I remember in 1986, I was asked to go down to the Income Tax dept. at the Fullerton Building to settle my tax problem;

Finally got it settle via instalment payment from my salary;

Frankly I still remember at that time those income tax officers sound so unfriendly.

Below is my Notice of Assessment for the YOA 1994. Note the address is still at the Fullerton Building;

In 1994, I received a letter from the Inland Revenue (Income Tax dept) bearing the New Logo but the address still showing Fullerton Building;

And guess what the New Logo represents or means;

An early-day coin, energised by a subtle “S” curve across it. Read more from here.

Here is a brief history of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS);

– Singapore Income Tax Department was created in 1947.

– Following self-government in 1959, the Inland Revenue Department was formed in 1960.

– When Singapore attained independence on 9 August 1965, substantial changes were made to the Income Tax Act, which came into effect on 1 January 1966.

– In 1970 that year saw the appointment of the first local Commissioner, Mr Hsu Tse-Kwang.

– On 1 September 1992, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) was established by legislation as a statutory board under the Ministry of Finance.

Detail of history here.

Credit : IRAS

Below shows the first Notice of Assessment for the year 1996 with the New Logo and New Address at Newton;

The other thing I hate most about the Income Tax is the reading of all those enclosed brochures;

And I really hate filling in this;

I’m glad that they started e-Filing for Income Tax. Initially though there was some hiccups but now everything is fine.

Now it’s even better, no more e-filing for me and my wife!

For those that been to the new Inland Revenue Building at Newton, you will surely see this ‘Ring Fountain’ outside the building;

Below is the photo during the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Inland Revenue Building in 1992;


9 Responses to “April – The Month Singaporeans Hate”

  1. 1 Victor Koo Friday, May 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

    If you are still drawing the same salary as you did in 1983, then you probably wouldn’t need to pay taxes for a long, long time to come. And you don’t even need to have 3 children to achieve that.

  2. 2 Lam Chun See Sunday, May 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    I still have my first Income Tax notice which is dated even earlier than yours. Haven’t got around to blogging about it.

  3. 3 profkingsfield2004 Monday, May 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    when i compare my wife and mine, i find the tax relief (self, children, maid levy, parents, etc) favours married women. Some of my friends’ wives hardly pay 1 cent because of this but their husbands kena; yet their wives are 1/4 million dollar salary club earners. No wonder husbands so broke. Even NS benefits can match women benefits.

  4. 4 laokokok Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Haha, based on the number of comments on this post – can conclude that not many like the month April….

  5. 5 Victor Koo Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 10:56 am

    People may refrain from commenting because they are afraid of attracting the attention of the tax authorities. Haha.

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