IRAS has designed a sophisticated and expensive computer system for e-filing. It must have cost a lot of money. It was supposed to make e-filing easy for the tax-payer.
Unfortunately, it was very difficult - even for an internet savvy person like me. Why? It is a matter of mindset. The experts in IRAS designed a system that is convenient for them. They forget to make it convenient for the ordinary people.
What is a system that is convenient for ordinary people? Just provide a simple form to ask me to submit the details of my income and claim. Use a format that is convenient for the tax payer to fill in - not a format that is convenient for IRAS to do their workflow.
But, I have to commend IRAS for one excellent aspect of the system. They display the information that they have, taken from various sources, that are relevant for my tax computation. This includes my chartiable donations and topping up of CPF account for family members. I appreciate it very much.
I hope that IRAS will take my suggestion about making it easy for me to submit their annual return, especially for items that are not captured by IRAS.
Tan Kin Lian
It is easy to use e-filing, if you do not need to provide additional sources of income or other charges. However, it is quite troublesome to provide the additional information, for example on property, life insurance policies and deductions, as they are designed to be helpful to IRAS and not customer friendly. It is also difficult to search for the right places to provide the information, as they are placed all over several web pages and tabs.