Tax investigator once searched around coffins and bodies for evidence

In a photo from Iras raids conducted on Sept 17, 2019, manual methods of accounting and record-keeping can be seen in the funeral parlour near coffins.
In a photo from Iras raids conducted on Sept 17, 2019, manual methods of accounting and record-keeping can be seen in the funeral parlour near coffins. PHOTO: IRAS
Tax evasion is uncovered mainly in businesses that are largely cash-based, but the profile of offenders has evolved and they are not confined to a particular industry, says Mr Ang Seng Leong, director of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore's In
Tax evasion is uncovered mainly in businesses that are largely cash-based, but the profile of offenders has evolved and they are not confined to a particular industry, says Mr Ang Seng Leong, director of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore's Investigation and Forensics Division. PHOTO: IRAS

Funeral service operator among businesses that Iras veteran has raided to catch tax evaders

He once searched around coffins and dead bodies, looking for documents and records as evidence of tax evasion.

It was part of a raid on a funeral service operator and just one of many eye-opening situations that Mr Ang Seng Leong has found himself in as a seasoned tax investigator.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 14, 2019, with the headline 'Tax investigator once searched around coffins and bodies for evidence'. Print Edition | Subscribe