Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Income Tax

The Straits Times, 12 Nov 1946, Tuesday.

Reported in The Straits Times just the day before, 'How Taxes Have Been Raises in Singapore.' In the same 11 Nov 1946 edition, it was suggested in the article, 'Rubber Export and Income Tax' that the reduction in the Malayan rubber export tax would mean the collection of income tax.

This has never been popular in Singapore history. Lim Boon Keng had tried to get the British government to ban opium smoking before WWI. To make up for the loss of revenue from opium taxes, a law on taxing income was proposed. However, many members of the Legislative Council opposed it as it would affect their income.

It is interesting that this cartoon has representatives of the Chinese and Malay communitites to express their views about income tax.

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