Eoon Ziluan Bena
Pek Zhiyu Zander
Numbers and taxes may sound like a dreary combination, but two Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) officers show us just how engaging a dynamic and challenging career with the tax administration can be.
By Gerald Goh
There are few constants in life, and one of them has to be having to pay your taxes. But not everyone might realise the important role taxation plays in nation-building, nor the fact that taxes account for approximately 75 per cent of the government’s operating revenue.
As the administrator of tax policies, IRAS boasts more than two decades of excellent service and strong partnership with taxpayers in creating a competitive tax environment for Singapore’s continued economic growth. Bena Eoon, a Senior Tax Officer with the Corporate Tax Division - Small Corporations Branch, is especially well-placed in describing how progressive tax policies can help Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Singapore thrive.
Fair and Equitable Taxation
The 25-year-old, whose main role is to resolve tax issues and objections relating to the assessment of corporate tax for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), also assists taxpayers on their enquiries to ensure that they meet their tax obligations. Bena adds, “Not all SMEs hire tax agents to take care of their tax obligations, so at IRAS we set aside resources to help these taxpayers to get it right the first time.”
As Manager of the Compliance Strategy and Risk Division (CSRD), Zander Pek cannot agree more with IRAS’ philosophy that voluntary compliance is the most sustainable long-term strategy for ensuring a fair and sustainable tax system where every taxpayer contributes his or her fair share of tax.