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Busy Mar & Apr

It has been a busy March & April 2018 for Paul both on the work & volunteer front, as I have been busy to do both tax filing at work and helping the taxi & Grab & Uber drivers to file their taxes, although it has been 3 years since IRAS ceased the programme, but I thought it will be useful for these people to come to me if they want, and instead of queuing at IRAS for a few hours just to get it done when their time can be better spent driving for fares on the road or cooking up more plates of char kway teow as life in SG is tough nowadays.I am thankful for all the support given to me by my friends, the various organisations & people who assisted me in the publicity of this programme,  volunteering their time to help these people file their taxes, the space I got to run this project & of course, the sponsors who gave me funds to run this project.I am also grateful to most people that I have helped contributed some money for this cause upon hearing that I have ru…
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Happy Chinese New Year Of The Dog

It has been a while since I last blogged. I would like to take the opportunity to wish my readers a Happy Chinese New Year. It has been a slow 2 months for me as there has not been much work at office. This gives me the opportunity to take 3 breaks, 1 for my birthday, 1 for Christmas & 1 enforced break by boss for CNY, which left some of my colleagues unhappy. To me, I feel that it is good to have one, even though your leave is cut as I will very likely be very busy next month.KTV GroupIt has hard to imagine that I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the group, same time as I will be celebrating my 10th year of service in this company. This is something I did not expect, leading a KTV group for almost 10 years. My love for singing has kept me sane from the work at office. I am always thankful for the support of the participants and my co-organisers for helping me to run the group, giving fresh inputs as I ran out of ideas.WorkIt is hard to phantom that I will still be work…

2017 In Review (Part 2)

Some of you have been observant to note that I have not included work & friends in my previous post. I have decided to put in this post instead as I was in a rush to go out yesterday.WorkWork has not been a smooth year for me, as although the number of clients in my company have dropped about 25% as Paul has to handle a newly created accounts department and continue to handle the admin matters of my client’s audits & compilation reports. Not that I am complaining as it keeps me occupied, but I have to handle some corporate secretarial matters from time to time as my boss has no confidence in my colleague’s command of the English language. The sight of people sitting at his place do nothing but chit chatting with other colleagues while I clear his butt full of shit is frustrating. The angry part will be my boss accusing me of taking bribes from one of my audit associates. Although this was resolved after the audit partner promised to station her staff at my office to help us to…

Year 2017 In Review

It has been a practice of mine to do a yearly review of the year 2017. It has been an eventful year 2017 for me, although it may seem that I seldom update my blog.1. Familya. It has been a turbulent year for me and my family as my mum took the drastic step to try to introduce a gal for me in the hope that I will settle down. We had a big fight over this, as I only got to know this through my uncle’s wife that she was doing this. Although I understand she is doing this for my own good, but on first thought, I felt that my wishes were not respected. I went for the meetup after my apology to my parents. Personally, I felt that I was someone placed at the shop window, being put up for sale to my prospective buyer. I had good vibes about the gal, although she is not perfect. In my opinion, no one is even for myself as you can choose people, people can choose you too. I could sense that her mum had her misgivings about me and the need to maintain a long distance friendship with me knowing t…

Busy October

It has been a while since I dmin blogged as I had been busy fighting fires at work, appointed as an admin for a Facebook Group ,
TATA SMRT(The Alternate Transport Advisory & Spore Magnificent Rescue Team) the administrator, whom helped me with my community e-filing project as he felt that I was able to contribute to the group. I am glad that I am able to put my bus services knowledge to good use and be of help to the members to the group in times of the frequent train delays and breakdowns.
I had been disillusioned by my work recently as my boss had doubted my integrity over a task that I was assigned. Being in a professional tax consulting firm for the past 13 years, I must say it is an insult to me that I nearly decided to move on. The bad economy has played a part in stopping me from leaving for the time being. I am thankful for the support of my friends as well, for standing by me in this difficult times of mine.
The volunteer programme that I have been working on had hit some …

Should Grab & Uber Drivers Be Taxed On Their Income

This has been a hot topic this week since The Sunday Times came out with the article last Sunday that IRAS will be working with Grab & Uber to link the applications to IRAS in order to simplify the drivers’ need to input the gross fares less the call levy charged by Grab & Uber.Personally, I felt that the article had failed to address that, like taxi drivers who rent their vehicles from the taxi companies, most of the drivers had rented their vehicles from car rental companies. The rental is a deductible expense to the driver. The petrol used is also a tax deductible expense. The driver can also claim parking of the car, ERP charges incurred when the car is not ferrying any passengers and car wash expenses. The concept should be as the same for taxi drivers.For those drivers that use their own car, they can claim the commercial insurance for the car. A car for personal use only has personal car insurance, but commercial cars are allowed to ferry passengers.This should not be c…

Silent Heroes Awards Night 2017

Some of you who known me for quite some time would have known that I was a Silent Hero Award winner in 2015, as my friend had nominated me for the award  for my contributions to the IRAS Volunteer E-Filing Exercise from 2005 to 2015 & my grassroots work .The organization who gave out the award, Hillview Civilians Sports Club had been looking to form an alumni for the past winners to guide the new winners as an inspiration. I thought this was a brilliant gesture by them as most of the past silent heroes will know what one another are doing and contribute or share ideas to make each hero’s idea better. Little did I expect to be asked to try to gather the group at the last minute for the Awards dinner and prepare a speech about what I have done in the 2 years after I have won the award. It was fortunate that I managed to gather 6 out of the 11 heroes in the WhatsApp Group Chat and the speech went well, despite the short time I was given to prepare for it and it is definitely my 1st t…