SINGAPORE: A total of S$68.6 billion (US$50.3 billion) in tax revenue was collected for the 2022/23 financial year in Singapore, a 13.1 per cent increase from the previous year.
The S$7.9 billion increase reflected the country’s economic recovery following the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) said on Wednesday (Sep 6).
The arrears rate for income tax, Goods and Services Tax (GST) and property tax, meanwhile, fell to S$363.1 million, or 0.59 per cent – compared with 0.64 per cent in the preceding financial year.
“Taxes collected are used to support Singapore’s economic and social programmes to achieve quality growth and an inclusive society,” IRAS said in a media release.
Tax revenue collection rose across most tax types.
“Of the S$7.9 billion increase in collection, corporate income tax accounted for S$4.9 billion on the back of buoyant corporate earnings,” IRAS said.
“GST rose by S$1.5 billion due to higher consumption and a rebound in international arrivals, while individual income tax increased by S$1.3 billion on account of higher personal incomes.”
Stamp duty collection dipped, however, decreasing by S$800 million – or 12 per cent – due to a lower volume of transactions compared to the year before.