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Investor Relations
Investor Relations
Tax Refund Procedures

Distributions made by Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) listed on the Singapore Exchange to individuals, whether foreign or local, are tax exempt except where such distribution is derived by the individual through a partnership in Singapore or from the carrying on of a trade, business or profession. In this respect, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (“IRAS”) has confirmed that all individuals will receive their distributions from MCT without tax being deducted at source (“gross distributions”). Individuals who derive the distributions through a partnership in Singapore or from the carrying on of a trade, business or profession will be required to declare the distributions in their income tax returns notwithstanding that they received gross distributions as they are not eligible for the aforesaid tax exemption.

In addition, REITs’ distributions to qualifying foreign non-individual investors are subjected to a reduced rate of tax of 10% for distributions made during the period from 18 February 2005 to 31 March 2020 (both dates inclusive).

The Manager of MCT has established an arrangement with the IRAS to allow eligible Unitholders to claim a back-end refund of tax over-deducted, if any, from income distributions made to them.

Who is eligible?

You can avail of this arrangement if you are:

  1. a foreign non-individual (see definition below) holding MCT Units in your own name; or
  2. an individual or a foreign non-individual whose MCT Units are held through a Depository Agent. Please approach your Depository Agent who will claim the refund on your behalf; or
  3. a Charity registered under the Charities Act (Cap. 37) or established by any written law, a town council, a statutory board, a co-operative society registered under the Co-operative Societies Act (Cap. 62) or a trade union registered under the Trade Unions Act (Cap. 333), collectively referred to as “Exempt Non-corporate Unitholder”. If your MCT units are held through a Depository Agent, please approach your Depository Agent who will claim the refund on your behalf.  
Which distributions are eligible?

This refund arrangement applies to the following distributions:

  1. where the beneficial owner of MCT Units is an individual or an Exempt Non-Corporate Unitholder, distributions made by MCT on or after 27 April 2011; and
  2. where the beneficial owner of MCT Units is a foreign non-individual, distributions made by MCT during the period from 27 April 2011 to 31 March 2020 (both dates inclusive).

Please note that MCT’s first distribution after listing was made on 1 September 2011.

What must you do to make a claim?

If you are a foreign non-individual or an Exempt Non-corporate Unitholder holding MCT Units in your own name:

  1. download and complete Form R1. Use a separate Form R1 for each income distribution period.
  2. submit the duly completed Form R1, accompanied by the Subsidiary Income Tax Certificate (“SITC”) or the Account Statement/ Annual Dividend Statement (“ADS”) issued by the CDP which reflects the distribution in respect of which the claim for refund is made, to Boardroom Corporate & Advisory Services Pte. Ltd. at 50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, #32-01, Singapore 048623.

If you are an individual, a foreign non-individual or an Exempt Non-Corporate Unitholder and you hold MCT Units through Depository Agents, please liaise with your Depository Agent on your claim for refund. The claim will be made on your behalf by your Depository Agent.

If you are a Depository Agent and wish to claim for refund on behalf of beneficial owners who are individuals, foreign non-individuals or Exempt Non-Corporates:

  1. download and complete Form R2, including Annexes 1 to 3. Use a separate Form R2 for each income distribution period. 
  2. submit the duly completed Form R2, accompanied by the Subsidiary Income Tax Certificate (“SITC”) issued for the distribution in respect of which the claim for refund is made, to Boardroom Corporate & Advisory Services Pte. Ltd. at 50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, #32-01, Singapore 048623. 
  3. Email a soft copy of the completed Annexes to Boardroom Corporate & Advisory Services Pte. Ltd. at the following email address: jolene.ting@boardroomlimited.com.
When to submit Form R1 or Form R2?

You may submit the Forms and the accompanying SITCs or CDP Account Statement/ ADS to Boardroom Corporate & Advisory Services Pte. Ltd. at any time.

The Trustee of MCT will collate the claims for refund submitted by Unitholders and the Depository Agents and make a claim for refund to the IRAS on a half-yearly basis. For example, all Forms received during the period ending 31 December 2011 will be submitted to IRAS sometime in January 2012.

Time limit for claim of refund

Every claim for refund must be made to the IRAS within 4 years from the end of the year of assessment to which the claim relates. For example, for claim of refund in respect of distribution made by MCT for the period from 27 April 2011 to 30 June 2011 (which relates to the year of assessment 2013), the claim must be submitted to the IRAS on or before 31 December 2017. Unitholders and the Depository Agents must ensure that the relevant Forms are submitted on a timely basis to allow the Trustee of MCT to make the claim for refund within the prescribed time limit. The IRAS will not process any claim that is out of time.

When do you get your refund?

The amount of tax over-deducted will be refunded only when the IRAS has refunded the amount to the Trustee of MCT.

Definition of foreign non-individual

A foreign non-individual investor is defined as a non-individual who is not a resident of Singapore* for income tax purposes and:

  1. who does not have a permanent establishment** in Singapore; or
  2. who carries on any operation in Singapore through a permanent establishment** in Singapore, where the funds used to acquire MCT Units are not obtained from that operation.

* A company is not a tax resident in Singapore if the management and control of its business is exercised outside Singapore during the respective calendar year in which the distribution was made and there is no intention to change the management and control of its business to Singapore.

** A permanent establishment is defined under the Singapore Income Tax Act as a fixed place where a business is wholly or partly carried on including a place of management, a branch, an office, a factory, a warehouse, a workshop, a farm or plantation, a mine, oil well, quarry or other place of extraction of natural resources, a building or work site or a construction, installation or assembly project. A unitholder shall be deemed to have a permanent establishment in Singapore if it: -

  1. carries on supervisory activities in connection with a building or work site or a construction, installation or assembly project; or
  2. has another person acting on the unitholder’s behalf in Singapore who: -
    1. has and habitually exercises an authority to conclude contracts;
    2. maintains stock of goods or merchandise for the purpose of delivery on its behalf; or
    3. habitually secures orders wholly and almost wholly for the unitholder or for such enterprises as are controlled by the unitholder.
INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT

Ms Teng Li Yeng
Vice President, Investor Relations
E: enquiries_mct@mapletree.com.sg

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