Get In on the Act of Singapore Tax Cases in 2020

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Recommended: Gain insights on the notable tax cases of 2020 and its implications for taxpayers
24 March 2021, Wednesday

Closing Date: 17 March 2021, Wednesday or when spaces are filled

02.30 - 04.15PM

Tech check from 2.15pm

Online Classroom

CPE Hours (Income Tax):

1.75 hour(s)

CPE Hours (GST):

0 hour(s)

SILE CPD Points:
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$ 60 (SCTP/ISCA Member); $80 (Association Member); $100 (Non-Member)
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Programme Synopsis

The year 2020 not only saw the onslaught of a pandemic, but it was also the year where several important decisions took the attention of many tax professionals. Despite the long-established principles in tax law, they continue to raise several points of contention that are worthy of closer inspection.

Diving into the landmark case concerning the deductibility of R&D expenses, this upcoming Tax Excellence Decoded session will be exploring the case of Intevac Asia Pte Ltd v CIT [2020], amongst others, and deliver valuable insights into the judgment of the High Court. The year 2020 also saw the application of the general anti avoidance provision for professionals in the Singapore High Court decision of Wee Teng Yau v CIT [2020].

Issues including the taxability of severance payments in CIT v Forsyth, John Russell [2020] and the ascertainment of notional capital allowances in the context of the Section 13A exemption will be reviewed as well in GCN v CIT [2020].

In addition to the above, other recent cases will be covered as well. Join Accredited Tax Practitioner (Income Tax and GST) Mr Allen Tan, Principal, and Mr Jeremiah Soh, Senior Associate, at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, as they dissect the various controversies, give their insights on the cases, as well as share what these mean to you and your clients.

Programme Outline

  • Be updated of the developments of the law in various recent tax cases 
  • Gain a better understanding on the intricacies of tax laws to better manage tax risks 
  • Understand the implications that these decisions will have on future cases

About the Facilitator(s)

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Mr Allen Tan
Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Accredited Tax Practitioner (Income Tax & GST)

Allen has extensive experience working on both international and local tax issues, with special focus on regional tax aspects of the transactions he is involved in. His practice includes advising clients on tax issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactions, transfer pricing, indirect taxes, transfer taxes, tax controversies, foreign direct investment and cross-border tax planning issues.

A regular speaker at various established tax conferences, Allen is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer in Chambers Asia Pacific for his tax controversy and corporate tax work and in many other leading legal and tax directories.

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Mr Jeremiah Soh
Senior Associate
Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow

Jeremiah is a Senior Associate with the Tax and Trade practice group at Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow and has practised tax law for 9 years. 

Jeremiah has assisted taxpayers in appeals before all levels of Singapore courts on complex and novel issues of tax law in several reported decisions. He is also experienced in tax advisory and consultancy work, having advised various domestic and multinational companies on a broad range of domestic and cross-border tax issues, particularly in the realm of business restructurings and legal entity rationalisations. Jeremiah has also been recognised as a Rising Star for Tax in the Legal 500.


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