Exclude home value from GST Voucher criteria

Every year, the Government gives Goods and Services Tax (GST) Vouchers to eligible Singaporeans to help them with their expenses.

However, I am puzzled about the criteria for receiving this voucher.

For instance, if a Singaporean has a Singapore address registered in his identity card, but is living overseas and owns property there, is he eligible for the voucher?

It is frustrating that some parents who are unemployed and living with their children in a private house are also not eligible for the voucher, because the annual value of the home exceeds the limit.

Even Singaporeans living in rented private homes are not eligible for the voucher, even though they do not own the property.

Perhaps the Government should not include the annual value of a property as a criterion for the GST Voucher.

Stewart Christopher Bernard

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 26, 2015, with the headline 'Exclude home value from GST Voucher criteria'. Print Edition | Subscribe