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To stay relevant and remain competitive, it is essential for tax professionals to continually upgrade themselves. To encourage this, accredited tax professionals (i.e. SIATP (now referred to as SCTP)’s members) enjoy priority access to SCTP’s events at highly affordable rates and can take advantage of the special arrangements made to access a wide range of courses by different organisations. Simply check out our events calendar to find out more.
Since 2012, Accredited Tax Advisors, Accredited Tax Practitioners and Accredited Tax Practitioners (Provisional) are required to undertake 30 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) each year.
To provide greater flexibility to accredited tax professionals, the CPD requirement may be accumulated over a three-year rolling period, as long as the total requirement of 90 hours of CPE is met for any three consecutive years.
CPE for Tax Professionals Accredited with One Specialisation
10 hours of structured learning of which at least 7 hours must be in the area of specialisation (Income Tax or GST) being accredited for and 20 hours of unstructured learning of which at least 10 hours must be in the area of specialisation (Income Tax or GST) being accredited for.
CPE for Tax Professionals Accredited with Two Specialisations
At least 7 hours each in Income Tax and GST, and 5 hours in any other areas. For unstructured learning, at least 6 hours should be on any areas of taxation and 5 hours on any other areas.
Please click here for the submission form.
How is the CPD framework applied?
What constitutes Structured Learning?
Structured learning activities include:
Other than the above which are mainly accounting bodies, are there other organisations that organise tax courses in Singapore?
To aid accredited tax professionals in mapping out their training plans, the following is a consolidated list of some of the organisations which organise programmes related to tax:
Please be informed that the list is by no means exhaustive. SCTP has no purview of the content or organisation and the list does not, in any way, reflect SCTP's endorsement of any course provider.
Are overseas courses counted?
Courses and programmes that are relevant to the tax professional’s job scope will be considered. For further information, please refer to Question 2 on what constitutes structured learning activities.
What constitutes Unstructured Learning?
Unstructured learning activities include:
What does "any other areas" refer to?
“Any other areas” encompass other areas of tax one is not accredited for (eg property tax, stamp duties, etc), accounting, finance, law, ethics, marketing, business, practice management or professional development areas relevant to one’s job scope.
Yes, there sure is. Click here for the list of articles. This list will be progressively expanded. Do check back from time to time.
The articles are for reference only. Please do note that the views expressed may also not reflect the views of SCTP and the list should not be interpreted as an endorsement by SCTP. If there are any queries in relation to the content, please contact the author/ organisation directly. Any advice included in the articles should not be taken as a substitute for professional judgement. Neither SCTP nor its staff accepts any responsibility for any interpretation consequent to a reference to any of the articles above.
SCTP will only accept webinars that accord CPE hours for the accumulation of structured hours. Where no documentation is provided, consuming these webinars may be counted as unstructured hours.
For SCTP’s complimentary webinars, simply view the entire webinar and submit a commentary (minimum 80 words) on any tax issue/ topic covered in the webinar to firstname.lastname@example.org. It must be a (tax) technical write-up. The CPE hour(s) will be accorded upon verification of the contents. Below are suggestions on some areas you may wish to comment on:
*1.25 CPE hours will be accorded for the sessions ‘GST and the Explosion of the Digital Economy’ and ‘Emerging from the COVID bunker: Mad Tax or the Sound of Music?’. One CPE hour each will be accorded for the other sessions.
If you are relocating overseas and will be in a tax-related position, structured learning CPE hours in tax may be accumulated by attending tax-related courses in your host country or engaging in any activity that constitutes as structured learning as stated in Question 2 above.
If you are relocating and will not be working in a tax-related capacity or upgrading your tax knowledge, simply email SCTP (E: email@example.com) informing us of the reason(s) for your relocation, the duration you expect to be away for, and your estimated date of return to Singapore. Accreditation status and accompanying CPE requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Where waivers are subsequently granted, you will be required to attain 15 CPE hours of tax-related structured learning within the first two years upon your return. This is in addition to the stipulated CPE requirements.
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As long as the course meets the criteria stipulated in the SCTP CPD framework, the CPE hours acquired will be recognised.
The monitoring of the CPE hours is the responsibility of each accredited tax professional as each has the flexibility of attending programmes offered by various training providers.
To minimise any hassle, accredited tax professionals are advised to download the CPE form and keep it updated.
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