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