24 May '18, 1am

Here’s what PM Lee said the last time GST was raised from 5% to 7% https://t.co/9AmfszL6b9

But it is not sufficient just to depend on NII to meet our future spending needs. We also have to plan ahead to make sure that we have enough revenues, including from taxes. Direct taxes cannot go up. In fact, we have been bringing down our direct taxes, i.e. personal income tax and corporate tax. We have brought them down to 20 percent over a long period of time. In fact, we may have to lower them further. Hong Kong is competition for us. Their corporate tax is 17.5 percent. They are thinking about GST. If they do a GST, they may decide to bring their corporate tax rate down and we may have to follow suit. The Central and Eastern European countries are also very competitive. Many countries in the former Soviet bloc, e.g. Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, have corporate taxes which are below 20 percent. Slovakia and Poland are just 19 percent. In the Baltic...

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