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Are we really ready for sales and service tax?

In the 1989 Budget, the Government indicated its intention to introduce a Sales and Service Tax or SST. Elaborate preparations were made by the Customs Department to prepare the way for this new tax. Manpower was beefed up, extensive studies were carried out and a number of Customs personnel were trained in this field.

Budget carrot for Aussie voters

By Jeffrey Francis

Is Fels really a tyrant?

THE close-up of a blotchy, stern-looking man on the cover of I>Allan Fels: A Portrait of Power/I- and simply the words 'portrait of power', really - conveys the impression that Allan Fels must be a rather tyrannical figure. Not true, says author and journalist Fred Brenchley.

S’pore retail sales up in December

Retail sales in the city-state rose more than expected in December as consumers rushed to buy items such as automobiles, watches and jewellery before last month's increase in sales tax.

Tax rise not a big deal for shoppers

THE increase in the goods and services tax (GST) that kicked in on Thursday seemed a non-event for shoppers in Orchard Road, who were drawn by big discounts and post-Christmas sales.

The toddler’s a homeowner

By Jeffrey Francis

SST – the pros and cons

THE introduction of sales and service tax (SST) in Malaysia has been talked about since the early 1980s, when a group of civil servants from the Treasury and the Royal Customs Department were sent to South Korea to study the VAT (value-added tax) system there.

Herbal challenge

The recent Pan Pharmaceuticals incident,where many herbal products were recalled,has far reaching consequences forthe industry,writes HOOI YOU CHING.

Tax sweetener turns sour

By Jeffrey Francis