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Singapore: Teenage Blogger Sentenced to Jail Time

(Oct. 5, 2016) It was reported on September 30, 2016, that a 17-year-old blogger in Singapore was sentenced to six weeks in jail on charges of “wounding religious feelings” after he “pleaded guilty to posting comments on the Internet criticizing Christianity and Islam.” (Emelina Perez, Singapore Court Jails Teen Blogger, PAPER CHASE (Sept. 30, 2016).) […]

Singapore/Sri Lanka: Development Agreement Signed

(July 26, 2016) On July 18, 2016, Singapore and Sri Lanka concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on investment by Singaporean businesses in Sri Lanka. The pact was signed by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, a government agency, and the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development of Sri Lanka; it is the first MOU signed between Sri […]

Singapore: Cross-Border Car Sharing Restricted

(June 22, 2016) On June 20, 2016, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced that paid car-sharing services are not permitted to take fares across the border into neighboring Malaysia. That border crossing is considered the busiest in the world, with up to 400,000 people using it each day. (Linette Lim, Paid Cross-Border Car-Pooling Services Are […]

Singapore: Participation in G20 Tax Avoidance Prevention Plan

(June 22, 2016) On June 16, 2016, Singapore announced that it will participate in a tax avoidance prevention plan approved by Group of Twenty (G20) nations that was originally developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (Marius Zaharia, Singapore to Join G20 Plan Against Tax Avoidance, JAKARTA GLOBE (June 16, 2016).) A […]

Indonesia; Singapore: Maritime Border Pact Signed

(Sept. 11, 2014) On September 3, 2014, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong witnessed the signing of the Treaty Between the Republic of Indonesia and the Republic of Singapore Relating to the Delimitation of the Territorial Seas of the Two Countries in the Eastern Part of the Strait of […]

Singapore: Guidance on Taxation of Property Developers Issued

(Mar. 11, 2013) On March 6, 2013, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) released information on the taxation of property developers; the information was in the form of an e-Tax Guide. (IRAS E-TAX GUIDE: INCOME TAX: TAXATION OF PROPERTY DEVELOPERS, IRAS website (Mar. 6, 2013); Daljit Kaur, Singapore: Taxation of Property Developers – Details, […]

Singapore: Challenge to Law on Homosexuality Permitted

(Aug. 27, 2012) In an August 21, 2012, decision, the Court of Appeal of Singapore ruled that a constitutional challenge, lodged against the Penal Code provision criminalizing male homosexuality, can go forward. (Tan Eng Hong v Attorney-General, 2012 SGCA 45, available from THE JURIST.) The ruling states that no decision was made on the merits […]

Singapore: Tax Rule Clarified

(June 5, 2012) Under Singapore's 2012 budget, company income gained by the sale of some equity investments, as of the beginning of June 2012, will not be subject to taxation. (Daljit Kaur, Singapore: Budget 2012: Non-Taxation of Gains from Equity Investments – Details (June 1, 2012), IBFD TAX RESEARCH PLATFORM, online subscription database.) The budget […]

Indonesia; Singapore: Airspace over Islands to Revert to Indonesia

(May 22, 2012) On May 16, 2012, an official from Singapore, Raj Kumar, stated that control of the airspace above the Indonesian Riau Islands could revert to Indonesia. Singapore has controlled that airspace since 1946, and Indonesia has been actively seeking to gain control since 1993. Kumar stated of the possible transfer of authority that […]

Singapore: Stamp Duty on Some Property Sales

(Feb. 25, 2010) On February 19, 2010, Singapore's Inland Revenue Authority issued a tax guide in electronic form on the imposition of a stamp duty on the seller of certain residential properties. The duty is to be paid only by those persons who sell properties that have been acquired on or after February 20, 2010, […]