Raids and forensics help taxman recover $35m from tax scams

Iras forensic officers distilling relevant data and evidence from computer hard drives in the forensics lab.
Iras forensic officers distilling relevant data and evidence from computer hard drives in the forensics lab.ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) forensic officers unloading documents and other evidence from a van at Revenue House after a raid on a firm that Iras suspects is evading taxes.
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) forensic officers unloading documents and other evidence from a van at Revenue House after a raid on a firm that Iras suspects is evading taxes.ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

SINGAPORE - Tax offenders are getting more sophisticated in their scams to cheat the taxman, but investigators are up to the task.

Last year, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) found 10,726 non-compliant cases and recovered about $384 million in taxes and penalties, an increase from the 10,626 cases involving around $332 million in 2016.

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