Sent to Straits Times Forum Page on 24 March 2012
I want to thank the Inland Revenue Authority for making it easy
for taxpayers to submit their income tax returns.
I hope that the Authority can continue to simplify the submission in the
a) Make it possible for the taxpayer to view the details of the
remuneration that have been submitted by their employer or other
paying party. Where the details have not been submitted, show
a remark "not yet received". This allows the taxpayer to know that
the remuneration will be provided directly by these parties.
b) Allow individual taxpayers the option to claim for repairs, maintenance, insurance,
commission and property tax at a certain percentage, say 20% of the
rental income. This saves the hassle of keeping the detailed expenses and
is probably a fair estimate of the outgo, except for mortgage interest
which can continue to be reported separately.
I hope that, in the future, the Minister for Finance can consider waiving
rental income from the computation of income tax, as the Government is
already collecting property tax at quite a high rate.
Tan Kin Lian