Draft Bill seeks more teeth for tax enforcement officers

The proposed amendments to the Goods and Services Tax Act are meant to counter the more sophisticated measures used by syndicates and tax evaders.
The proposed amendments to the Goods and Services Tax Act are meant to counter the more sophisticated measures used by syndicates and tax evaders. PHOTO: ST FILE

A draft Bill released yesterday will give more powers to tax enforcement officers, letting them arrest suspects without warrant, enter premises forcibly and conduct body searches in a move to combat serious tax crimes like tax evasion.

The proposed amendments to the Goods and Services Tax Act are meant to counter the more sophisticated measures used by syndicates and tax evaders.

They will also strengthen the law enforcement effort against such crimes, said a Ministry of Finance (MOF) spokesman.

Those who want to provide feedback on the draft Bill can do so until July 18, said the MOF statement.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2018, with the headline 'Draft Bill seeks more teeth for tax enforcement officers'. Print Edition | Subscribe