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2014 Singapore Budget Measures May Impact Canadian Banks 

Global Tax Adviser


March 11, 2014


Singapore's 2014 budget includes tax measures that could affect Canadian banks operating in Singapore. In particular, the budget proposes to treat "Basel III Additional Tier 1 instruments" (other than redeemable preference shares) issued by Singapore incorporated banks as debt for tax purposes.

As a result, effective for financial years ending in 2014, distributions on such instruments will generally be deductible to issuers and taxable to investors. Singapore is expected to release more details at the end of May 2014.


Among other changes, the budget measures also:


  • Extend certain R&D incentives
  • Eliminate withholding tax for certain payments made to Singapore branches
  • Refine the "Designated Unit Trust" scheme.


For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.






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