IRAS

Collecting Smiles


Wong Choon Kait


Chua Swee Chin

A non-event for most workers and businesses, the filing and paying of taxes can be easily done with a few clicks, if at all. Walk-in taxpayers enjoy fast and friendly service amidst the ring of the counter dashboard and murmur of voices at the IRAS Taxpayers Service Centre. However, few are aware of the ‘taxing’ work behind closed doors which makes this possible.

By Gerald Goh

In less than a decade, IRAS has realised its dream of serving taxpayers round-the-clock by introducing a personalised online tax portal – myTax Portal. Besides e-filing, taxpayers can now check their tax accounts, pay taxes, update contact details and retrieve documents sent by IRAS in a safe and secure online environment.

This would not be possible without the efforts of IRAS officers like Chua Swee Chin, a 27-year old Senior Infocomm Officer. Swee Chin comments, “We are able to keep the taxpaying community’s personal information secure because our IT systems are highly protected.”(Read More Here!)

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Growing Up with Taxation


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.(Read More Here!)

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It’s About More Than The Dollars


Ng Sheng Yan Michelle


Yoong Zi Jie Ndee

Fulfilment, Development and Bright Careers at Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.

By Kevin Lim

Senior Tax Officer Yoong Zi Jie Ndee (pronounced “Andy”) and Tax Officer Michelle Ng Sheng Yan are two fresh-faced Tax Officers from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

The two polytechnic graduates joined the statutory board straight out of polytechnic, and have been enjoying their time both in, and out, of IRAS.

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Tax Works


Taxation is not all about the money, and it is certainly not for accounting graduates only. Two IRAS scholars tell why IRAS is more than just a tax authority.

By Eliza Hamizah

Imagine an office so quiet that you can hear a pin drop. Everyone speaks in hushed whispers. Your boss is distant and your colleagues are uptight. The work environment is so unbearably stifling to the point that it depresses you.

Fortunately, the atmosphere in Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) is far from that. “A stark impression I had during the interview was the cheery laughter coming from the IRAS staff. You might think of this as a strange decisive factor, but this distinguished IRAS from the rest of the offices I’ve been to where the typical scene includes a stony silence,” quips 20-year-old law student, Victoria Chong.

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A Fine Balance of Work and Play

If you think working in the tax sector is a dreary proposition, these two versatile, energetic IRAS officers will certainly change your mind.

By Becky Lo

To most people, taxation is a subject they rather not deal with, let alone talk about. Yet, chatting to Goh Pei Shan and Loh Sok Fang is such an interesting and enjoyable experience; you will almost forget that you’re actually talking about taxation.

These two young ladies are clearly in their element at the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), their eyes sparkling when they share their experience working at the Singapore’s tax authority.

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Not Just About Numbers

Rather than just a number-crunching organisation, IRAS offers many career opportunities for people with varied backgrounds. We speak to two scholars who have taken the road less travelled and are now elated to be contributing to the nation’s taxation body.

By Benjamin Lim


Taxation might be an obscure and complicated subject to some but the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) hopes to make it more accessible to taxpayers with its hassle-free filing systems and its commitment to social responsibility.
31-year-old Shirley Ng and 22-year-old Sophia Gao reveal how IRAS has supported and moulded them to become who they are today.
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Excelling Beyond Expectations

Two IRAS officers share how they find fulfillment in jobs outside their initial scope of study.

By Becky Lo

Every morning before Tax Officer William New faces his first customer at his booth, he looks at the poster on his wall that says, “In difficult situations, behave like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like mad under the water.”

Incidentally, this is an apt description of how the 24-year-old handles the throngs of taxpayers that he meets every day at the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

Since the Temasek Polytechnic alumnus joined IRAS one year ago, he has been handling enquiries from walk-in taxpayers and answering correspondences like emails and letters. Being part of the Enforcement Division, William also takes recovery actions on companies that do not comply with their tax obligations.

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Actualising Ambitions at IRAS

Two new members of the IRAS family share why they choose to invest their future with the organisation.

By Becky Lo

Albert Einstein once said, “The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.” Recognising that taxation is an extremely elusive concept to grasp for many, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) prides herself in educating taxpayers and investing in both People and Technology to deliver an efficient and easy-to-comply tax system.

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Do More, Learn More

Before you shudder upon hearing the word 'taxation', hear what two scholars from IRAS have to say about the organisation – it definitely offers more than just taxing work!

By Lim Yan Wen

If your knowledge about taxation is limited to the Benjamin Franklin quote “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes”, it might come as a pleasant surprise that there is much more to the business of taxation in a modern economy such as Singapore's.

Just ask Accountancy graduate Linda Cheng. The 23-year-old, who graduated from the Nanyang Business School in Nanyang Technological University (NTU), chose the course based on advice from her cousins. “I have cousins who are auditors and they suggested that I could try this field, and I do not regret my choice,” the Raffles Junior College alumnus says.

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