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Greet S’poreans returning from Jubilee Weekend holiday with more stringent customs checks for unpaid GST

Greet S’poreans returning from Jubilee Weekend holiday with more stringent customs checks for unpaid GST

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This is to make them feel welcomed back here again.

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Reminding Singaporeans about the need to be patriotic, those who have gone overseas during the Jubilee Weekend for holiday instead of staying back in Singapore to celebrate the 50th national day on Aug. 9, 2015 will be greeted with more checks to determine if they have paid GST for overseas purchases.

Singaporeans from all walks of life who enjoy immersing themselves in the authoritarian mindset said this would help those who had gone away acclimatise back to local culture immediately.

Currently, travellers who go away for more than 48 hours are exempted from GST for goods valued up to $600. Anything above that amount is subjected to 7 percent GST. Failure to declare the value of purchases is an offence under the Customs Act and the GST Act.

One Singaporean, Fa Kwan, said: “This is a good way to remind Singaporeans about the Singapore they miss the moment they step back into the country.”

“I’m sure those who went on holiday would appreciate this gesture as a way of making up for their absence.”