Newbie's guide to filing annual tax returns

The annual tax returns filing season ends on April 18. The first of our two-part series on personal income tax returns can take some of the sting out of the process.

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore is continuously trying to make the experience more user-friendly by simplifying tax rules and the processes for filing and payment.
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore is continuously trying to make the experience more user-friendly by simplifying tax rules and the processes for filing and payment. PHOTO: ST FILE

It's that time of the year again when individual taxpayers have to buckle down to file their tax returns with that April deadline looming ever larger - April 15 for paper filing and April 18 for electronic forms.

The process is quite simple on the surface - just declare your taxable income for Year of Assessment 2019 based on what you earned between Jan 1 and Dec 31 last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Newbie's guide to filing annual tax returns'. Subscribe