More GST relief upon returning from overseas

From April 1, Singaporeans returning from overseas and tourists (including children) can enjoy more Goods and Services Tax (GST) relief (media release).

– Those who spend more than 48 hours abroad will be able to enjoy GST relief of up to S$600.
– Those who were overseas for less than 48 hours will get GST relief for goods valued up to S$150.
– The age criterion will be removed from 1 April 2012.
– The GST relief is not available to holders of work permit, employment pass, student pass, dependent pass or long-term pass.
– The GST relief does not apply to liquor, tobacco products, petroleum and goods imported for commercial purposes.

All cigarettes, including those with the ‘SDPC’ (Singapore Duty Paid Cigarette) mark, and tobacco products are subject to duty and GST when brought into Singapore. There ¡s no duty-free allowance on liquor if you are arriving from Malaysia.

All goods brought into Singapore for local use or consumption are subject to 7 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST). You are required to pay tax on goods in excess of your GST relief. Please produce the receipts of your overseas purchases at the Customs Red Channel or Tax Payment Office to facilitate the computation of tax payable. Failure to make a declaration is an offence under the Customs Act and the GST Act. Offenders may be prosecuted in court and fined up to $10,000 and jailed for up to three years.

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