Output tax left unchecked results in hefty penalty

30 December 2011

Due to inaccurate output tax amounts submitted to IRAS in 2005 and 2006, Unusual Entertainment Pte Ltd (“UEPL”) was found guilty of understatement of $502,922.27 in GST, resulting in a penalty of $601,632.72 and a fine of $10,000.

Although there were vide variations in the final tally, sales figures submitted by UEPL vis-a-vis output tax amount submitted for 2005 and 2006 had been left unchecked. For eg. in 2005, the sales revenue in the income tax return was $9,136,361, against the $2,810,668 declared as total sales in their GST returns.

A guilty plea was recorded for four charges of under-declaration of GST without reasonable excuse. Four remaining charges were taken into consideration for sentencing.

Source: This article was extracted from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) website. Visit http://www.iras.gov.sg/ for more information.