ST 30 Jan 2020 / ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
Will the “Election Budget” of 2020 supposedly to be laden-full with goodies be changed to virus relief measures?
Sharon See of BT today has noted the possible change in tone and texture given the emergence of the Wuhan coronavirus and disrupting much economic activities.
Back in April 2003, the govt then announced a Sars relief package to the tune of S$230 million.
Picture – Minister Lawrence Wong and Minister Chan Chun Sing speaking to reporters at the conclusion of a press conference on the Wuhan coronavirus, on Jan 30, 2020.
ST JAN 14, 2020
Both large and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), rank corporate/income tax rate reduction and rebates to help upskill staff as the top two priorities for Budget 2020 based on an annual National Business Survey conducted by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).
The survey was released on Tuesday (January 14) and was carried out from August 26 to October 25 among 1,000 companies.
The three top challenges for local businesses for this year were identified as :-
- manpower costs (67%),
- business competition (62%) and
- finding new or better ways to grow revenue (56%).
Other key concerns for 2020 include :-
- rising business costs such as for rental and raw materials, rising wages,
the uncertainties created by the US-China trade tensions and;
- China’s economic slowdown.
Despite the uncertainties, Singapore businesses continue to venture out and expand overseas.
SBF chair Teo Siong Seng said it remains a critical strategy for access to new markets, diversify their supply chains and to support sustainable growth, given the limitations of Singapore’s small domestic market.
The Ministry of Finance (MOF) announced on Jan. 1 that Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will deliver the 2020 Budget Statement in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb. 18).
There will be live television and radio coverage for the said Budget Statement
A live webcast will also be available on the Singapore Budget website.
Here in the early morning to do an “autopsy” review of Allied Technologies ie. understand risk and governance lessons from the $33m debacle.
As usual, I like to sit at the front. To be close to the action 🙂 Here are my notes from the session. Thanks to ISCA and Deloitte for hosting the event.
1. Should SGX “frown” at directors who jumped ship at the first sign of trouble? Directors’ resignation and senior mgt team turnover could be used as an indicator of some underlying troubles within a company.
2. Applying the reasonable person’s judgement between our ears in understanding any issues.
3. Have we held enough of such autopsy sessions on the many corporate governance deficiencies happening in many of corporates here? Should such discussions be indemnified against legal repercussions if the intent of such sessions is for the better of Singapore?
4. Conformance and / or Performance?
If a listco is unable or unwilling to keep up to the standards required, perhaps it should consider delisting and free itself of public accountabilities.
Edgar Wong of Asiaf1rst, was interviewed by Howie Lim, Senior Producer/Presenter, Money FM 89.3 on 16 April 2019.
Here are some of the talking points:-
- What are the trends driving disruption in the accounting industry?
- What is the future of accounting firms?
- How can accounting firms help their clients embrace disruption?
- Does every small business need an accountant?
- Common small business accounting challenges?
Click HERE for a listen.
For the first two Years of Assessment (YA), client (a company) has a single corporate shareholder. This would mean that client did not qualify for full tax exemption.
For the 3rd YA, its corporate shareholder sold its shares to two individuals on the very day of the basis period.
Question – Does the client qualify for Full exemption for 3rd YA?