21 Feb '11, 5am

A/P Davin Chor shares his views on Budget 2011. Read more @ #budgetsg

Expectations were high leading up to this past Friday’s budget speech. In 2010, strong economic growth boosted government revenues. So there was naturally a strong expectation (perhaps too strong) that this year’s budget would contain goodies for the general public, particularly to help address the threat of inflation for lower-income households. Given these high expectations, how did the budget measure up? Here are some of my own thoughts. First, for private sector firms and businesses, I would describe this budget as one of “give-and-take”. On the “give” side, some very strong tax incentives have been put in place to encourage firms to invest in innovation and productivity improvements. However, on the “take” side, employer CPF contributions are set to increase, while foreign worker levies will also go up progressively. On the whole, the message to businesses is a clear ...

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