Don't limit maid levy relief to working women Published on Feb 21, 2013

MAKING the foreign maid levy tax relief available only to working married women confounds me, especially with the national dialogue on pro-family measures.

I am not wealthy, but I have a good job that allows my wife to be a full-time housewife when my children, aged 10 and 12, are in their formative years.

We have a foreign maid but we are not eligible for the maid levy relief because my wife does not work.

However, a working couple with dual - and possibly higher - income gets to enjoy this relief.

This is simply not in line with the Government's aim of promoting pro-family values. It penalises families like mine where the mother gives up working to raise her children, instead of relying on a maid.

So far, I have yet to obtain a reasonable explanation for this tax rule. I hope the authorities will address this and consider giving greater tax deductions to families like mine.

Chew Kwok Choong

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