With the increased focus of tax authorities on indirect taxes such as GST, relying on the accounting systems solely to manage tax compliance is no longer an option.
Businesses would need to take a more proactive approach to managing the organisation’s indirect tax risks and exposures.
The global trend in the expansion of indirect taxes and tax rates mean that poor risk management and controls can drive up the cost of compliance. Grant Thornton’s GST team takes a rigorous approach to help you keep up with the increasingly complex regulations and gain greater efficiencies so that you can focus on what matters to you.
How we help
Our GST team supports organisations throughout the entire business life-cycle and across a range of functions
- GST registration, administration and de-registration matter: Our services assist the full spectrum of clients including, those that have just incorporated in Singapore and require assistance with GST registration and other start-up advice all the way through to those requiring de-registration and GST advice on liquidation proceedings.
- GST compliance: We prepare / review and submit GST returns for clients, as well as handle GST audits and dispute negotiation and resolution matters with the IRAS.
- GST risk management: We conduct voluntary and mandatory IRAS Assisted Self-Help Kit ("ASK") reviews. For our larger clients, we are accredited to perform IRAS Assisted Compliance Assurance Program ("ACAP") reviews. We also assist and advise clients on other matters such as statement of practices (SOPs) and perform customised GST training.
- GST advisory: We provide an array of advisory services to our clients including advising on the tax liability of transactions (including submission of rulings from the IRAS), tax-efficient planning for transactions and structures.
- GST relief schemes applications and renewals: We support clients in making new scheme applications or renewing their existing schemes with the IRAS (e.g. MES, IGDS, A3PL, AISS etc).
- Transactions advisory services: GST advisory services on mergers and acquisitions
- New industries and changing landscape: We assist and advise on the GST implication arising from changes in the landscape of the digital economy (e.g. digital services, reverse charge and cryptocurrencies)
A tax-efficient solution to importing goods into Singapore
A global producer of carbide solutions and top-class quality precision tools found a tax-efficient way to import goods into Singapore and secure an agreement with a Singapore-based customer.
Smooth renewal of Major Exporter Scheme status
A logistics company with numerous corporate customers successfully able to renew their Major Exporter Scheme status after a previous tax agent was unable to complete the agreed scope of work.
Why Grant Thornton
We appreciate that every business is different. Whether you are looking to register for GST or manage your GST risks, expect attentive and tailored solutions designed to meet your objectives.
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