Ching Boon Huat v Comptroller of Income Tax

JudgeLord Keith of Kinkel
Judgment Date19 July 1984
Neutral Citation[1984] SGPC 4
Docket NumberPrivy Council Appeal No 1 of
Date19 July 1984
Published date19 September 2003
Plaintiff CounselLim Chor Pee (Douglas Goldberg & Co)
Citation[1984] SGPC 4
Defendant CounselDC Potter QC and Lucy Hangchi (Jaques & Co)
CourtPrivy Council
Subject MatterAppeal against assessments,Whether gains trade of property developer,Decision of fact,Appeals,Revenue Law,s 10(1)(a) Income Tax Act (Cap 114),Income taxation

The appellant was assessed in 1972 for income tax upon profits for the sale of land in 1966 and 1968. The only issue was whether he was carrying on a trade or business dealing in land at the time of each of those sales.

The Board of Review held that he was and disbelieved him when he said that his intention throughout the period that he held a larger area of land of which the portions sold formed part was to construct flats and houses as an investment.

The principle laid down in this country and applied also in Singapore is that laid down in Edwards v Bairstow [1956] AC 14.
The judge and the Court of Appeal asked themselves the right question: could a reasonable tribunal reach that decision of fact? Their Lordships agree that it could and indeed doubt whether any other conclusion could be reached.

Their Lordships will accordingly dismiss this appeal with costs.

Appeal dismissed.

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