It’s a full service practice covering all areas of taxation, but with particular strengths in the following areas:
- Planning & documentation of complex corporate transactions and structures
- Taxation matters involving the financial services, transport, technology and infrastructure sectors
- Resolution of tax controversies
- Goods and services tax
We have good relationships with leading tax counsel in a large number of jurisdictions, enabling us to work effectively with overseas tax specialists on behalf of our clients – which results in a better service in matters involving cross-border issues.
WITHIN THIS PRACTICE
Our dedicated team of tax lawyers and advisors provide a comprehensive range of tax advice services to a wide variety of companies, partnerships and individuals, both in and outside of Singapore. Our services include advice on the structuring and execution of transactions, advising our clients on the applicability of tax incentives and tax treaties, as well as assisting in the tax-efficient structuring of their Singapore operations and investments.
Our clients come from industries as diverse as the insurance, finance and fund management, healthcare, property development and the media.
We also routinely help our clients to obtain advance tax rulings from the Singapore tax authority, in order to obtain clarity on the tax treatment applicable to specific transactions or factual scenarios.
Resolution of tax controversies
Our clients rely on us to guide them through compliance requirements, negotiations with tax authorities and tax litigation itself, and our comprehensive service to our clients is supported by our experience in handling tax challenges at any stage of the assessment process.
Our partners have acted in a number of tax disputes / litigation against the Singapore tax authority from the Income Tax Board of Review level all the way to the Singapore Court of Appeal.
Goods & Services tax (“GST”)
We provide commercial and pragmatic GST advice to our clients either on a standalone basis or in relation to a wide range of transactions (including sale of business, supply of services, zero-rating of international services, sponsorships and gifts, research grants, applicability of special GST schemes etc.).
Stamp Duty and Property Tax
Our wide experience enables us to provide our clients with comprehensive advice on the full spectrum of issues concerning the Singapore Stamp Duty regime, such as providing Stamp Duty advice in relation to various types of commercial and real estate transactions and the exemptions applicable.
We also have experience in dealing with the full range of issues relating to property tax, including representing our clients in disputes against the Singapore tax authorities.