Taxability of Gains from Sales of Shares and Properties under Section 10(1)(g) of the Income Tax Act

This article examines four cases concerning the application of section 10(1)(g) of Singapore’s Income Tax Act – which imposes tax on gains or profits of an income nature that do not fall within any of the preceding paragraphs of section 10(1) – to profits derived from the sale of shares and real property. While the GBU case, decided in 2017, has endorsed the narrower scope of the so-called IB proposition in applying section 10(1)(g), the author submits that the conceptual distinction between that provision and section 10(1)(a), which taxes gains or profits from a trade, business, profession or vocation, remains unclear.