A Practical Guide to Goods and Services Tax (GST): Understanding the Essential Concepts and Avoiding the Common Pitfalls

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27 July 2021, Tuesday

09.00AM - 05.00PM
Hotel Venue to be Advised

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Programme Synopsis

This workshop is designed specifically to give Tax Accountants and Accounting & Finance Personnel an overview of the Singapore Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) system and a practical understanding of the fundamentals and important concepts of GST.

You will understand how the GST rules and regulations apply to business transactions and avoid costly GST errors. As GST is a transaction-based tax, GST errors (if any) are generally recurring if the business transactions remain largely the same. With the knowledge, it further mitigates the GST risk with early detection of errors for timely rectification.

Programme Outline

A Highlight of Key Areas:
  • Overview of Singapore GST regime
    • Scope of GST
    • Mechanism of GST
  • Types of supplies
  • Place, time and value of supply
  • Conditions governing input tax claim and disallowed expenses
    • Definition of input tax claims
    • Supporting documents required
    • Timing of claiming
    • Bad debts relief
    • Specific disallowed expenses
    • Partial exemption
  • Common GST issues
    • Fringe benefits / family benefits
    • Gifts
    • Recovery of expenses -disbursements Vs reimbursement
    • Secondment of staff
    • Deposits
    • Debit and credit notes
    • Foreign currency invoices  
  • Exports of goods
  • International services
  • GST reporting (GST F5)
  • Preparation of amended GST returns (GST F7)

About the Presenter(s)/ Trainer(s)

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Ms Catherine Chiang
Senior Consultant (GST)
Consul Biz Consultancy Services

Catherine has more than 20 years of experience in GST consultancy, with 10 years of training experience. She has previously spent 6 years in IRAS, handling GST and Income Tax audit and almost 10 years with 2 of the Big Four international accounting firms, specializing in GST compliance and advisory work. During this period, she has accumulated extensive experience in performing GST prudential reviews, GST consultancy, GST compliance and GST training for clients.

Catherine has a Bachelor of Accountancy (Honours) degree from the National University of Singapore. She is an Accredited Tax Advisor (GST) registered with the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals and a member of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants. Catherine is also an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) certified Trainer.


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