Attention Valued Uber Singapore Partners:
By way of an update, Uber continues to work with the Land Transport Authority to prepare for the Private Hire Car Vocational Licence, and we will be sharing more details on the requirements to obtain a license towards the end of 2016.
To prepare for the upcoming changes, it’s important that you review the arrangements you have in place with drivers, if any, under your account. Please ensure you have documentation capturing either (i) a business relationship (e.g. rental agreement between you and a person operating a business in their own name or an ACRA registered entity) or (ii) an employment relationship, and that you are complying with any tax and other requirements as an owner and/or operator of private hire vehicles.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why did I receive this notice?
A: You received this notice as a valued partner of Uber. We want to ensure all of our partners are complying with their obligations as an owner and/or operator of private hire vehicles.
Q: What do I have to do?
A: It’s important that you comply with all your tax obligations as a partner and that your agreements with your drivers, if any, properly reflect your relationship with them.
If your drivers are your employees, make sure you’re complying with all applicable MOM requirements.
If your drivers are running their own business, it’s important for this to be captured in your rental agreement with them, and for them to operate under their own name or under an ACRA registered entity.
If you're already doing the above, there is no action you need to take!
Q: Do I need to have an ACRA?
A: Yes, as a partner you generally need to have an ACRA unless you are trading in business under your own full name.
Q: Are drivers my employees?
A: We can’t confirm that for you - that’s up to you to decide how you structure your relationships. Drivers can either be your employee or be running their own business. If they are your employees, it’s important to ensure that you’re complying with all applicable MOM requirements. If they are running their own business, it’s important for this to be captured in your rental agreement with them and for them to operate under their own full name or under an ACRA registered entity.
Q: What are my tax obligations?
A: You are responsible for your taxes including GST if applicable, and depending on how you have structured your relationship with drivers, you may be required to pay employment-related tax/contributions. If you have questions, we recommend you seek your own tax advice.
Q: Am I in trouble?
No, not at all. You received this notice as a valued partner of Uber. We want to ensure all of our Partners are complying with their obligations as an owner and/or operator of a private hire vehicle.
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