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Singapore to hike taxes on rich as it winds down Covid-19 spending

GST will rise to 8% from January next year and to 9% in 2024, Lawrence Wong said, from 7% now.

An aerial view of shipping containers stacked at the port of Singapore. Photo: Reuters
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An aerial view of shipping containers stacked at the port of Singapore. Photo: Reuters

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Singapore will begin implementing a long-flagged increase to its goods and services tax next year, its finance minister said in his budget speech on Friday, while also announcing a slew of tax hikes aimed at higher income groups.

The moves come as Singapore emerges from a pandemic-induced economic slump, but walks a tight rope in maintaining its attractiveness as a global financial hub while guarding against local concerns about rising wealth inequality and rising costs of living.

GST will rise to 8% from January next year and to 9% in 2024, Lawrence Wong said, from 7% now. The government also plans to

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First Published: Feb 18 2022 | 11:24 PM IST

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