7 August 2014

Singapore Management University launches Centre for Excellence in Taxation

The Singapore Management University has launched the SMU-TA Centre for Excellence in Taxation (SMU-TA CET) in collaboration with the Tax Academy of Singapore, and with the support of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. It is the first research centre of its kind in Singapore. 

The SMU-TA CET represents a major new initiative in research addressing international and regional tax issues and taxation policies. The Centre aims to produce robust research in international and regional tax issues for policy development. 

The new Centre will be helmed by SMU Professor of Accounting Sum Yee Loong who has more than 30 years of experience in Singapore and international taxation in both academic and corporate environments. His areas of specialisation include corporate structuring & restructuring, restructuring for IPO, mergers & acquisitions and international tax planning. 

SMU-TA CET will partner members of academia, industry leaders and government officials to produce multidisciplinary research on international taxation from the legal, economic and public policy perspectives. It will be supported by a new Technical Advisory Panel comprising academics and practitioners. both local and international, with experience of global tax trends and issues. 

Centre Director Professor Sum shared that the Centre will first tackle projects on international tax issues that are relevant to Singapore and Asian economies, and look into the impact of the changing global tax landscape on the region's economic competitiveness. Plans are also in the pipeline for the Centre to develop a post-graduate programme in international tax