Managing Your Personal Finances

CASE STUDY

Leonard Ong, a Singaporean, is a Vice President at a large MNC and lives in a Thomson Road

condominium with a market value of S$1,350,000.

WEALTH PRESERVATION - TAX PLANNING

Leonard Ong received the following in 2015:

1. He was seconded to work in Vietnam for 9 months in 2014. For his work in Vietnam

he received a salary of S$230,000 through a Singapore Bank.

2. He owns a property in Australia which is rented out. After deducting the relevant

expenses, he remitted an amount of S$25,000 from Australia to his bank account in

Singapore.

3. He has also been appointed as a part-time lecturer for a private educational institution

in Singapore. All income earned by him is directly banked into the Standard Chartered

Bank, London, and is used by his sister who is studying in London. His annual lecturing

income amounts to S$45,000.

4. He recently won S$150,000 in a Big Sweep draw during the year 2015.

5. He has written a book for which he received royalty income in 2015. The following

breakdown is as follows:

He has bought 2 other properties in his name which are currently rented out. Property

2 was vacant for 3 months. The details of his property investments are as follows:

He has bought 2 other properties in his name which are currently rented out. Property

2 was vacant for 3 months. The details of his property investments are as follows

He has two broken marriages and intends to marry his 3rd wife, Koh Wai Eng, in

August 2016 with whom he has an illegitimate child, Daphne, aged 2 years. He

currently pays alimony of S$200 a month to his 1st ex-wife and S$150 a month to his

2nd ex-wife. His current wife does not work. 

Question 1

(a) Identify and explain to Leonard Ong which of his following income will be subjected

to tax in Year of Assessment 2016.

(i) Employment Income of S$230,000.

(ii) Rental Income of S$25,000 from Australia property.

(iii) Lecturing Income of S$45,000.

(iv) Big Sweep winning of S$150,000.

(b) Compute Leonard Ong’s tax liabilities for his royalty income.

(c) Determine Leonard Ong’s income from the two rental properties for the Year of

Assessment 2016.

(d) Calculate the amount of Share Option benefit assessable on Leonard Ong.

(e) What tax relief is Leonard Ong entitled to and if so how much?

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Question 2

(a) Which insurance policies will pay out, and how much will be paid, if Leonard Ong were

to

(i) contract a Major Illness?

(ii) pass away one year after contracting Critical Illness?

(b) You are to help Leonard Ong to compute the annual compound rate of return for his

total investment in the 3 Unit Trusts.

(c) You are to explain to Leonard Ong what he should do. Should he invest in local Fixed

Deposit or US$ Currency Deposit account? Support your answer with appropriate

workings.

Question 3

(a)

(i) What are a wife’s duties of maintenance towards her husband?

(2 marks)

(ii) How long is a husband duty-bound to maintain his wife?

(2 marks)

(b) Identify the “Settlor”, “Trustee” and “Beneficiary” or “Beneficiaries” in the draft Trust

mentioned in the case study.

 

(c)

(i) Under the Intestate Succession Act, which Rule for distribution allows

Leonard’s estate to be passed on?

(ii) Identify the persons who are entitled to Leonard’s estate.


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