IRAS Hackathon 2016
As part of the Smart Nation strategy, the Singapore Government has outlined a clear intention to adopt a more citizen-centric approach when providing public services. This approach entails a more innovative use of technology and data to provide citizens with customised solutions that improve their lives.
In alignment with this nation-wide strategy, IRAS aims to provide intuitive and convenient digital services and interactions with taxpayers. This requires delivering information and services that meet the unique needs of different groups of taxpayers.
Compliance with tax obligations in Singapore is recognised as being straightforward compared to other jurisdictions. Having achieved a high level of taxpayer satisfaction, IRAS is now moving to the next level in delivering best-in-class tax administration services.
At the first-ever IRAS Hackathon, we invited you to co-create new solutions with the community and other professional experts to deliver taxpayer-centered experiences for SMEs, the self-employed and individual taxpayers.
Tuesday, 30 August
Learn about the theme, opportunity areas and the IRAS Co-Creation Grant! Meet subject matter experts and like-minded innovators too!
Tech Workshop by Microsoft
Wednesday, 31 August
Get introduced to the Microsoft Azure platform and tools, and topics relevant to this hackathon, including APIs and AI / chatbots.
Fri-Sun, 2-4 September
Prototype your solution with the help of subject matter experts, tech and other mentors. Pitch to judges and stand to win great cash prizes!
Creating taxpayer-centered experiences for SMEs, the self-employed and individual taxpayers.
Key:[SM]: SME | [SE]: Self-employed | [IN]: Individual
Deliver digital services that are convenient and responsive to taxpayers’ needs and queries.
1. [SM] [SE] [IN]: The IRAS website is a rich repository of information, but it is challenging sometimes even for tax professionals to research and interpret tax rules. What new information tools or services can enable taxpayers – and even their tax agents – to arrive at clear answers to their questions and better understand their tax obligations?
2. [SM] [SE] [IN]: How can we enable taxpayers to share tax issues and knowledge that will resonate with others in similar industries and situations?
3. [SM] [SE] [IN]: For the less tech-savvy taxpayers, what kinds of digital assistance can we provide?
Anticipate taxpayers’ needs and deliver the right level of service or support at the right time.
1. [SM] [SE]: Is there a role for industry (vertical) specific platforms and tools to help taxpayers better understand their tax obligations and complete their tax returns accurately and in a timely manner?
2. [SM] [SE] [IN]: The best tax experience could involve customised or personalised contents, proactive and timely alerts / notifications and other services that take into account taxpayers’ unique needs (including language and applicable tax concessions or rebates). What technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, can anticipate and predict what a taxpayer is trying to do and may want to do?
3. [SM] [SE]: How might IRAS and other government agencies, such as Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and Statistics Singapore, utilise the data collected on SMEs and the self-employed to develop useful business insight services to benefit these businesses at their various life stages?
Provide seamless integration of tax preparation and filing with taxpayers’ existing systems and life events.
1. [SM] [SE]: How can we help taxpayers make tax preparation one of their regular business activities or include the requirement in systems that they are using (for example, accounting, payroll and sales)? This could start from their incorporation or business registration and could involve IRAS collaborating with other agencies like Ministry of Manpower (MOM), ACRA or CPF Board to facilitate the tax filing.
2. [SM] [SE]: Taxpayers need to collect and store information to claim deductions and business expenses. But many struggle to maintain spreadsheets and end up with a stack of papers and receipts to sort through during tax filing season. How can we help them capture information quickly, conveniently and on-the-fly, and easily prepare the required tax returns?
3. [IN]: Taxpayers can claim different reliefs at various life stages, for example, child relief, parent relief, foreign maid levy, etc. How might we provide taxpayers relevant information that will help them understand their eligibility for the various reliefs, and alert them to make the claims when they file their tax returns?
Here’s a list of the speakers who shared their insights about the hackathon challenges at the Pre-Hackathon Workshop, mentors who were present at the hackathon to support teams and the members of the judging panel for the final presentations on Sunday:
Pre-Hackathon Workshop – Tuesday, 30 AugustOng Khiaw Hong, Deputy Commissioner, Corporate & Services Group, IRAS Wong Siao Jiun, Manager, Individual Income Tax – Self-Employed Branch, IRAS Wendy Leo, Senior Manager, Corporate Tax – Services Branch, IRAS Simon Poh, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Associate Professor (Practice), NUS Business School Tan Ching Ne, Partner, PwC Singapore
Tech Workshop by Microsoft – Wednesday, 31 AugustRohan Bhargava, Senior Director, Head of VISA Developer Programme, VISA Ujjwal Kumar, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Kyzer Wong, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Mohd. Izzat Khair, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Hackathon Kick-off – Friday, 2 SeptemberTan Tee How, Commissioner of Inland Revenue & Chief Executive Officer, IRAS Goh Bun Hiong, Director of Taxes, PKF-CAP Advisory Partners Pte Ltd
Subject Matter ExpertsPhua Hong Kiat, Manager, Individual Income Tax – Employee Branch, IRAS Wong Siao Jiun, Manager, Individual Income Tax – Self-Employed Branch, IRAS Seah Saw Tin, Suzanne, Manager, GST – Wholesale Trade Branch, IRAS Tan Sheau Yann, Assistant Manager, Property Tax – Residential Branch, IRAS Ang Siow Hoon, Seníor Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Solutions LLC Koay Li Jun, Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Solutions LLC Phua Mei Pin, Senior Manager, Business Tax, Deloitte & Touche LLP Harvey Koenig, Partner, Tax, KPMG Advisory LLP Tan Ching Ne, Partner, PwC Singapore Goh Bun Hiong, Director of Taxes, PKF-CAP Advisory Partners Pte Ltd Simon Poh, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Associate Professor (Practice), NUS Business School
Tech MentorsUjjwal Kumar, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Mohd. Izzat Khair, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Puneet Ghanshani, Architect, Microsoft
Microsoft MVPsKamaludeen Mohamed Faizal, Microsoft MVP / Lead Consultant, Dimension Data Riwut Libinuko, Microsoft MVP / Enterprise Architect Milton Goh, Microsoft MVP / Regional Technical Consultant, Condeco Justin Lee, Microsoft MVP / Consultant Jeffery Tay, Microsoft MVP / E-learning System, NUS
Other MentorsSam Cammiss, Senior Manager, SEA Innovation, Deloitte & Touche LLP Georgina Kwa, Manager, SEA Innovation, Deloitte & Touche LLP Jessica Duns, Lead Consultant, Global Emerging Technology Practice, PwC Singapore Srinath Ramachandra, Manager, PwC Singapore Stephen Breen, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, VISA
JudgesOng Khiaw Hong, Deputy Commissioner, Corporate & Services Group, IRAS Andy Seah, Assistant Commissioner, Individual Income Tax Division, IRAS Low Hwee Chua, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Regional Managing Partner, Tax and Legal, Deloitte & Touche LLP Sum Yee Loong, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Professor of Accounting, SMU Foo Jong Tong, Director, Public Sector Group & Business Development, Microsoft
Check out the winning ideas from the IRAS Hackathon 2016!
A 3-step (Upload, Review, Submit) web application that helps SMEs easily transform accounting income to taxable income to tax computation. The system automatically populates tax forms, generate relevant tax adjustments, provide personalised suggestions for tax relief and answer questions by connecting them to IRAS-certified professionals.
A mobile app that is an on-the-go record-keeping and e-filing system for business commission agents. It allows them to scan business receipts, view a dashboard summarising all transactions, generate profit / loss reports, access relief eligibility claims, auto-populate tax forms and e-file tax returns.
A smart platform to help users calculate their tax returns, tax reliefs they are eligible for and how much tax they are paying compared to their peers. The platform also helps them to visualise which life choices will optimise their tax expenses and predict their future tax returns.
A system that merges ACRA corporate governance & financial data with IRAS datasets to help start-ups / SMEs auto-fill tax form and receive tax-relevant information and proactive recommendations regarding eligibility for reliefs. The system can also be used by government agencies to understand how certain tax schemes are being used and use the data to […]
IRAS Co-Creation Grant IRAS will review all the ideas after the hackathon and invite teams to apply for the IRAS Co-Creation Grant. Each idea will be eligible to receive up to $30,000 in funding!
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