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Parliamentary Replies

Drivers of Corporate Income Tax Revenue of $23.1 Billion in Financial Year 2022/2023

02 Aug 2023

Parliamentary Question by Mr Saktiandi Supaat: 

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance (a) what are the drivers of our Corporate Income Tax (CIT) revenue of $23.1 billion in the financial year 2022/2023, which is a 26.8% increase from the preceding financial year; (b) how does the $23.1 billion figure compare to the CIT revenue in the past ten years; and (c) whether the trajectory of the CIT revenue suggests that we can defer or cancel the scheduled increase in GST on 1 January 2024.

Parliamentary Reply by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Lawrence Wong:

The higher corporate income tax collection in financial year 2022 was due to higher business profits driven by the strong economic recovery in 2021. The increase was mainly from the financial and insurance, services, wholesale and retail, as well as manufacturing sectors. Data on corporate income tax collection in the past years is publicly available on the website. Generally, growth in our corporate income tax revenue has been broadly in line with GDP growth. 

We adopt a responsible approach to managing our fiscal resources. We consider not just the year-to-year changes, but more importantly the medium-term trend in our expenditures and revenues. With an ageing population and rising healthcare costs, Government expenditure is expected to increase from the current 18% of GDP to potentially over 20% of GDP by FY2030. This has yet to account for additional spending that may arise from new policy initiatives, including the need to invest further in resilience, and to strengthen our social compact and economic competitiveness.

On the revenue side, while we may get some upsides from time to time, our revenue generally does not grow faster than GDP in the medium term without tax rate changes. This is why the revenue measures announced at the recent Budgets, including the GST increase this year and next year, remain necessary to meet our medium-term spending needs.

Deferring the GST increase will only store up more problems for the future, leaving us with less resources to take care of our growing fiscal needs. We will continue to monitor our revenue and expenditure trends closely, and adjust our fiscal strategies to meet our collective aspirations in a way that is fair to both current and future generations of Singaporeans.