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Parliamentary Replies

Impact of Impending US Tax Cuts on Singapore's Economy

08 Jan 2018

Parliamentary Question by Mr Gan Thiam Poh:

To ask the Minister for Finance what is the likely impact on Singapore should the US government reduce their corporate tax rate to 20% and reduce personal income tax.

Parliamentary Question by Mr Liang Eng Hwa:

To ask the Minister for Finance how will the impending massive corporate tax cuts in the US impact the Singapore economy and its competitiveness as a foreign direct investment destination and whether the corporate tax changes will result in significant US MNCs relocating their operations to onshore US.


Parliamentary Reply by Minister for Finance, Mr Heng Swee Keat:

As highlighted in the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) report in 2017, there is increasing competition in the global arena. The current US tax reform includes cut to the headline federal corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, which is part of the current global downwards trend in corporate tax rates. The top US marginal personal income tax rate is also reduced from 39.6% to 37%.

2     Companies with US linkages are likely to be analysing the details of the US tax reform package and reviewing their options. While the reform may enhance the tax competitiveness of US vis-à-vis other countries, companies would take into account non-tax considerations in their investment decisions. Considerations would include a location’s business environment, its proximity to markets, availability of skilled manpower and corporate capabilities.

3      Singapore’s corporate tax rate at 17% and top marginal personal income tax rate of 22% are competitive internationally. But we must continue to develop and strengthen our other competitive advantages, by maintaining our pro-business environment and building on our connectivity to the global markets and our strong links to the ASEAN and Asian economies which are expected to continue to grow strongly.  We must also continue to deepen the capability of our industries and our people, so that we can continue to stay relevant and attractive to all investors.