Singapore Budget 2020 wish list: Relief from coronavirus impact, GST offsets, help for businesses

A lone customer at a cafe at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. National University of Singapore Business School associate professor Lawrence Loh expects the impact of the coronavirus outbreak here will be addressed with a one-off and targeted Budget b
A lone customer at a cafe at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. National University of Singapore Business School associate professor Lawrence Loh expects the impact of the coronavirus outbreak here will be addressed with a one-off and targeted Budget boost. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
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In what had widely been regarded as an election year, before the coronavirus came on the scene here last month, expectations for the Budget had centred around what goodies might be in store.

This included speculation on how generous the offset package for the impending GST (goods and services tax) hike would be, and what measures would be rolled out to train companies and workers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 14, 2020, with the headline Singapore Budget 2020 wish list: Relief from coronavirus impact, GST offsets, help for businesses. Subscribe