Travellers question effect of cuts in GST relief on coffers

Under new rules that kicked in yesterday, people returning from abroad can claim tax exemption on a smaller amount of their overseas shopping.
Under new rules that kicked in yesterday, people returning from abroad can claim tax exemption on a smaller amount of their overseas shopping.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

The latest measure to tighten the goods and services tax (GST) import relief is an unnecessary inconvenience, said several frequent travellers, questioning how much of a difference it would make to the Government's coffers.

Under new rules that kicked in yesterday, a day after the reduced relief was announced by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat in his Budget speech, people returning from abroad can claim tax exemption on a smaller amount of their overseas shopping.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 20, 2019, with the headline 'Travellers question effect of cuts in GST relief on coffers'. Print Edition | Subscribe