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.

Key Dates

First Prize

Pre-hackathon Workshop

Tuesday, 30 August

Learn about the theme, opportunity areas and the IRAS Co-Creation Grant! Meet subject matter experts and like-minded innovators too!

Second Prize

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.

Third Prize

Hackathon

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!

   

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Theme

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?

 
 

Experts

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:

Speakers

Pre-Hackathon Workshop – Tuesday, 30 August

Ong 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 August

Rohan 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 September

Tan Tee How, Commissioner of Inland Revenue & Chief Executive Officer, IRAS Goh Bun Hiong, Director of Taxes, PKF-CAP Advisory Partners Pte Ltd
 

Mentors

Subject Matter Experts

Phua 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 Mentors

Ujjwal Kumar, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Mohd. Izzat Khair, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Puneet Ghanshani, Architect, Microsoft  

Microsoft MVPs

Kamaludeen 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 Mentors

Sam 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
 

Judges

Ong 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
   
Low Hwee Chua, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Regional Managing Partner, Tax and Legal, Deloitte & Touche LLP
A Board Member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, Hwee Chua is the Regional Managing Partner for the Tax practice in Deloitte Singapore and Deloitte Southeast Asia. He has more than 20 years of experience in taxation services including two years with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. Hwee Chua specialises in corporate income tax and international tax; working with clients to confirm their businesses’ tax affairs are managed efficiently and cost effectively. Hwee Chua has extensive experience in the areas of tax compliance and tax consultancy work for local and multinational companies. He has also been extensively involved in providing tax advice on a wide variety of corporate tax consulting projects including restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, tax due diligence, and structuring of inbound and outbound investments. Hwee Chua has also assisted various multinational companies (MNCs) to understand what is available and the requirements for qualification of tax incentives and grants with the Economic Development Board.
Sum Yee Loong, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Professor of Accounting, SMU
Sum Yee Loong was Tax Partner in Deloitte Singapore from 1987 until his retirement in 2011. He has more than 30 years of experience in Singapore and international taxation with multinationals and local companies spanning across various industries. His areas of expertise include devising strategies and leading tax review teams to create and identify tax saving opportunities; structuring and restructuring for IPOs; and international and regional tax planning. Currently Professor of Accounting in the School of Accountancy at Singapore Management University, Yee Loong is the author of the Singapore Tax Workbook published by Wolters Kluwer. He is currently honorary technical advisor (tax) of the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants, chairman of the examinations and curriculum committee of the Singapore Tax Academy, member of the Learning and Assessment Committee of the Singapore Qualification Programme under the Singapore Accounting Commission and Council Member of the National Arts Council.
Simon Poh, Board Member, Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals, and Associate Professor (Practice), NUS Business School
Simon Poh is a Board Member of the Singapore Institute of Accredited Tax Professionals and also the Chairman of both the SME Tax Committee and the Examinations Committee. An Associate Professor (Practice) at the Accounting Department of the National University of Singapore Business School since 1 July 2014, Simon was previously the Tax Director at Nexia TS Public Accounting Corporation (Nexia) prior to his current appointment. Outside academia, Simon continues to be engaged as an Affiliate Senior Tax Adviser with Nexia. He is a distinguished tax professional both in Singapore and the region, with three decades of experience in tax compliance and tax advisory work in the areas of corporate tax, individual income tax and goods and services tax. This includes nine years of experience with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, three years with reputable regional multinational corporations and more than 16 years with top international accounting firms. His extensive experience includes goods and services tax advisory and risk management, international tax planning, transfer pricing, corporate restructuring, business acquisitions and mergers, expatriate tax planning, and advising clients on the tax implications of both inbound and outbound investments.
Foo Jong Tong, Director, Public Sector Group & Business Development, Microsoft
Jong Tong is responsible for leading the Public Sector business in Singapore. He is also responsible for the Business Development role by working with key internal stakeholders, external public sector and private sector stakeholders in relation to Smart Nation. With almost 26 years in the industry, he has wealth of experience behind him. Prior to the current appointment, he was the IBM SoftLayer Integration and Sales Leader for IBM AP and Greater China Group. He steered business investments, business-building requirements and established teams across AP and Greater China to grow the IBM SoftLayer Cloud business. He was the Strategy Leader and GM for Government and Healthcare Industry under IBM Singapore. He joined IBM as the Regional Executive for IBM WebSphere ILOG Software for AP, after the acquisition of ILOG by IBM back in 2009. He joined ILOG in 1995 and started the marketing arm for ILOG AP and headed the sales and marketing arms, as well as the alliances and emerging markets in AP.
Goh Bun Hiong, Director of Taxes, PKF-CAP Advisory Pte Ltd
Bun Hiong’s career started in 1994 with Arthur Andersen Singapore where he was involved in tax compliance and advisory work. Subsequently, he joined the Asia Pacific headquarters of the Philips Electronics Group and was part of the pioneer team supporting the conglomerate’s growing interests in the region. In addition, Bun Hiong was also involved in various high profile merger, acquisition and spinoff deals with LG, Taiwan Semiconductors, and Lucent, amongst others. Bun Hiong has been the Tax Director of PKF-CAP LLP since October 2011. With over 20 years of experience, his diverse tax expertise spans many areas, including dispute resolution, incentive and investment negotiations, risk exposure management, and transfer pricing management.
Sam Cammiss, Senior Manager, SEA Innovation, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Sam is an experienced strategy consultant with a track record in the delivery of complex process and service innovation projects for commercial and government clients. As Senior Innovation Manager at Deloitte SEA, he has worked with internal and external clients on projects involving management consulting, innovation strategy, service design and data analytics, amongst others. Sam is currently driving the development of new offerings in Deloitte Southeast Asia, drawing from his background in analytics and economics to ensure the creation of customer-centric offerings and technologies.
Georgina Kwa, Manager, SEA Innovation, Deloitte & Touche LLP
As Innovation Manager at Deloitte SEA, Georgina has spearheaded the conception and launch of numerous innovation projects across Deloitte’s Southeast Asia’s practice. These initiatives include the training of engagement teams in Value Proposition Design, Design Thinking and corporate innovation, amongst others. As a consultant to intrapreneurs within the organisation, she has provided advice to Audit, Tax, Consulting and Internal Services on the development and commercialization of ideas. An avid supporter of entrepreneurship, Georgina is also a mentor on the TAG PASS accelerator programme by Infocomm Investments.
Phua Mei Pin, Senior Manager, Business Tax, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Mei Pin is a Senior Tax Manager in Deloitte Singapore with more than 10 years of experience providing tax services to a wide spectrum of portfolio which includes multinational, local and listed companies in industries such as pharmaceutical, technology, manufacturing, consumer products, energy and resources. She is well versed in Singapore income tax law and practice and has experience in advising companies on merger and acquisition deals, corporate restructuring, cross-border taxation issues and the use of double tax treaties. Mei Pin is a Graduate and Member (Full) of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK, and a non-practicing Singapore Chartered Accountant.
Harvey Koenig, Partner, Tax, KPMG Advisory LLP
Harvey is a Tax Partner with KPMG in Singapore. Harvey’s role involves assisting clients on tax compliance as well as tax advisory projects, including in areas of government incentives, headquarter relocation and international expansion. Harvey is a frequent speaker at forums for SMEs dealing with issues such as R&D incentives and internationalisation.
Tan Ching Ne, Partner, PwC Singapore
Ching Ne is a partner at PwC Singapore. She has over 20 years of experience in Singapore and Asia Pacific taxation, which includes working in multi-national corporations as their Asia Pacific tax director. She also leads PwC Singapore’s Tax Technology and Research & Development Tax initiatives.
Jessica Duns, Lead Consultant, Global Emerging Technology Practice, PwC Singapore
Jessica’s role includes the development of PwC playbook to work with technology companies from prototype stage to maturity, she coordinated PwC’s global strategy working with start-ups and fast growing technology companies to identify new opportunities for revenue growth. Jessica was also involved in PwC’s Accelerator Programme in Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, London and Luxembourg assisting early stage companies on business models, value propositions and fund raising strategies.
Srinath Ramachandra, Manager, PwC Singapore
Srinath has seven years of management consulting and analytics experience, delivering value for Fortune 500 insurance and financial services, retail and consumer goods companies in Southeast Asia, India, and the United States. He is currently running the global Hackcelerator program for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
Ang Siow Hoon, Senior Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Solutions LLC
Siow Hoon is a Senior Manager with Ernst & Young Solutions LLP with over 10 years of experience. She focuses on personal tax and consultancy services in Singapore. Siow Hoon has extensive experience in assisting multinational companies and its expatriate employees with their personal tax compliance matters. Her advisory experience encompasses tax structuring of employee remuneration packages, equity plan reviews, development of tax equalisation policies from wide ranging industry sectors.
Koay Li Jun, Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Solutions LLC
A Manager within People Advisory Services practice, Li Jun has 10 years of experience providing tax compliance services to multinational companies as well as high net worth individuals. Li Jun has extensive experience in handling Singapore individual income tax compliance matters. She provides tax consultation on individual taxation and tax planning opportunities, including tax equalization / protection arrangements and equity based remuneration schemes.
Rohan Bhargava, Senior Director, Head of VISA Developer Programme, VISA
Rohan heads up the Visa Developer program for Asia Pacific. Responsible for operationalizing and scaling Visa’s developer platform in the region, Rohan is focused on driving API-led partnerships across the digital payments ecosystem. In his previous role at Visa, Rohan was instrumental in developing and launching Visa Token Service, paving the way for scaled deployment of multiple mobile payment services across the region. Prior to joining Visa, Rohan held various roles with Citigroup, Capco Consulting and American Express in New York. His work covered consumer card finance, co-brand partnerships and loyalty. Prior to entering finance and technology, Rohan worked in the energy sector, were he was involved in designing and building cogeneration power plants across North America.
Ujjwal Kumar, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Ujjwal Kumar is a Senior Technical Evangelist at the Microsoft Developer Experience & Evangelism (DX) Group in Singapore where he assists partners, startups and enterprises to adopt the latest technology platforms. With over 13 years of industry experience, he has extensively worked on C++, C#, Microsoft Azure, Windows Internals, Robotics Studio and game development. An avid technologist, Ujjwal is a prominent speaker and the co-founder of the IoT community and India Gamers Community.
Kyzer Wong, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Kyzer Wong is currently a Technical Evangelist in Microsoft Singapore. He possesses a strong passion for coding and loves creating applications using Microsoft Technology. Kyzer proactively seeks out new knowledge and seizes opportunities that will further improve his skills.
Mohd. Izzat Khair, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Izzat has developed applications on various platforms such as Xamarin, UWP & Android. He is looking forward in helping others to leverage on new and exciting products by Microsoft.
Puneet Ghanshani, Architect, Microsoft
Puneet is an Architect at Microsoft Singapore. Prior joining Microsoft, he was Vice President at Citibank Singapore and was awarded Microsoft MVP for 3 years in Azure and .NET disciplines. He is author of 22+ international whitepapers, has spoken in 29+ conferences and is an author of a book. He is an expert at Application Design & Development, Performance Optimization and defining Architecture for hybrid systems involving Microsoft, Open-Source and Messaging Platforms.
Kamaludeen Mohamed Faizal, Microsoft MVP / Lead Consultant, Dimension Data
Mohamed Faizal is a Lead Consultant Dimension Data. His responsibilities in this position include the undertaking of due diligence studies for prospective projects to be tendered for; the analysis, preparation and submission of tender bids; participation in tender presentations; and managing and delivering tender projects won. Faizal has 17+ years’ experience in Enterprise Solutions, SharePoint, Cloud Architect (PaaS/SaaS) with extensive experience on developing .NET, SharePoint 2007,2010 and 2013 solutions on the cloud or on premise. Faizal has consulted for many enterprise companies and government agencies. Faizal leads NCS Cloud Computing Consulting Practice and PaaS as a cloud subject matter expert for NCS initiatives. He has led global cloud computing and enterprise architecture initiatives driving strategy, transformation and architecture design and has helped numerous enterprise companies leverage cloud computing for strategic advantage, innovation and cost savings. Faizal has also worked with leading cloud companies to help improve their offerings, is a recognized expert in the above fields, and has presented at numerous academic and business conferences on the topics of cloud computing and Business process collaboration with messaging server.
Riwut Libinuko, Microsoft MVP / Enterprise Architect
Riwut is an experienced Enterprise Architect committed to maintaining cutting edge technical skills and up-to-date industry knowledge. He is a Certified Microsoft Professional (MCP) focused on leading the development of technology projects in alignment with business, operational and compliance requirements. He is an ITIL v3 certified operational manager with more than 14 years experience in IT industry. In the past he was an official mentor in MSD2D.COM, which now has been transformed into OfficeSharePointPro.com.
Milton Goh, Microsoft MVP / Regional Technical Consultant, Condeco
Milton works as a Regional Technical Consultant for Condeco where he helps organization increase productivity and efficiency in their workspace using technology. Milton is also a Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management where he loves to meddle with Microsoft Azure and PowerShell. He started advocating DevOps during his time in Dimension Data and all the way to the time spent in VMware as a Regional Implementation Consultant. If you have any questions about automation, he is the right guy to speak to!
Justin Lee, Microsoft MVP / Consultant
Over 12 years of community engagement experience comprising of building user groups from ground up, mentoring students, judging competitions, organizing community events, enabling the hacker community and attending various developer community events. His role as a software development consultant for the past 8 years involves meeting with clients, gathering requirements, architecting and proposing solutions, managing projects and teams of developers, developing and testing software solutions, and delivering projects on time and on budget.
Jeffery Tay, Microsoft MVP / E-learning System, NUS
Jeffery is working in the National University of Singapore and is in charge of the University’s e-Learning system. During his free time, he likes to fiddle with the latest technology and see how it can apply in the education industry to make learning a richer and more fun experience

Ideas

 

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.

An app that helps users calculate tax automatically by asking them simple questions, displays a personal dashboard (shows reliefs, past taxes, etc.), file tax returns and get personalised answers to tax-related questions.

A full-fledged, integrated system for small retail businesses that sends automated reminders and filing instructions, and advises on tax adjustment (e.g. time to become a GST-registered company) based on the data extracted from their POS systems.

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 […]

An app called TaxTalk that uses voice recognition to allow hawker stall owners to record their financials and file taxes on the go. The system automatically fills in their tax return forms and submits it via the IRAS API.

Prizes

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!

 
 
First Prize

$3,500

First Prize

Second Prize

$2,500

Second Prize

Third Prize

$1,500

Third Prize

   
First Prize

$3,500

Best Start-up

Second Prize

$1,000

Merit Prize

Third Prize

$500

Best Tech

   
Third Prize

$500

Best Use of Data

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