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Employee Taxation: Become a Tax Savvy HR Practitioner

Expert Speaker Sivakumar Saravan

$650.00 (including GST)



HR leaders are increasingly being expected to be tax savvy in identifying risks and opportunities with respect to the hiring and deployment of talent. This includes understanding the tax treatment of employee remuneration and lump sum payments, tax compliance for expatriate employees, accurate filing of IR8A/IR21 forms and compliance review guidelines for HR practitioners.

This program is part of the Corporate Practice Series, designed specifically for HR and finance leaders. This practical workshop will provide actionable insights in getting your employee taxation right and avoiding costly penalties. 

What You Will Learn 

At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Accurately file your yearly IR8A/ IR21 report in a timely manner
  • Gain insight on tax compliance for expatriate employees and company directors
  • Find out the tax treatment on employee remuneration and lump sum payments
  • Effectively conduct compliance review for employee taxation to avoid common pitfalls and costly penalties

Programme Outline   

Tax Compliance for Expatriate Employees 

  • Tax residency
  • Source rules for employee taxation
  • Tax exemptions under domestic law
  • Tax exemptions under tax treaties

Tax Compliance for Expatriate Employees

  • NOR Scheme
  • Taxation of relocation benefits
  • Taxation of expatriate benefits-in-kind
  • Tax implications of contributions to offshore pension schemes

Tax Compliance for Company Directors

  • Tax residency
  • Withholding tax on payments to non-resident directors
  • Tax exemptions for non-resident directors
  • Other compliance obligations

Employee Remuneration: What is Taxable and What is Not?  

  • Taxation of various fringe benefits
  • Contributions to CPF
  • Equity based remuneration schemes

Lump Sum Payments: What is Taxable and What is Not?  

  • Deferred bonuses
  • Gratuities
  • Inducement payments
  • Retention bonuses
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Compensation for loss of office

Compliance Review 

  • Responsibilities of an employer
  • Filing IR8A and IR21
  • Voluntary Disclosure Program
  • Record keeping

Expert Speaker

Sivakumar Saravan, Executive Director, Tax and Corporate Advisory, Crowe Horwath Singapore has about 20 years of experience in tax compliance and tax consultancy work for individuals as well as local corporations, multinationals and financial institutions. Siva is a member of Crowe Horwath's International Tax Committee and he has conducted several seminars on international tax to Crowe Horwath tax specialists in the Asia Pacific region as well as to members of the public. He is the author of CCH’s Singapore Withholding Tax And Treaties Online, Crowe Horwath’s Quick Guide to Business Tax in Singapore and Tax Essentials for HR Professionals’.  He is the consultant editor of CCH's Singapore Master Tax Guide manual. Siva is an accredited tax advisor of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals. He is also a member of The Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants of Singapore and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.

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