Mediacorp Channel 8’s charity show to raise funds in aid of those affected by China’s earthquake has collected more than S$9.5 million as of 9:30am on Monday. The money raised will be channelled to welfare and education programmes as well as rebuilding efforts which will include hospitals, schools and orphanages. STOMPers are now asking why these donations are subject to taxes. For this reason, I actually chose to donate directly via the Bank of China instead of calling in to the show to donate. Not because I am "stingy" about giving the 7% GST but I seriously do not see any point for them to charge the GST. It’s charity! Hello! Probably they should make good use of the 7% and donate it back to the Sichuan Charity Show? Please…..

The show has ended. The money has been raised. With more than $9.5m raised for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake in MediaCorp’s Sichuan Earthquake Charity Show last night (May 25), STOMPers are now asking why these donations are subject to taxes.

Viewers could call in to donate fixed amounts via 1900 hotline numbers, while larger amounts of donations were made through a landline.
STOMPer DPW was surprised when he saw that charity tax would be charged for the show.

"If the goverment want Singaporeans to be united and do more charity work I guess they have to be a good leader and show a good example to donate for all this charity too and not only ask fellow Singaporeans to donate only," he said.

Another STOMPer questioned the GST charges for the phone calls made.
"It’s supposed to be a meaningful charity show, but why is there a 20-cent administrative charge and 7% GST?" asked Robin Hood.

STOMPer Derrick was concerned that telcos did not absorb the 20-cent administrative charges.

He said: "Even small remittance companies are willing to help by absorbing administrative charges, why can’t our telcos do the same? It seems to be me that being the only service provider, they are free to monopolised the market. What happened to corporate social responsibility?

"If today, my call is one of voting for my favourite contestant in Miss Singapore XXX or Project Superstar XXX, I will gladly pay the administrative charge, and today if they tell me that the $0.21 will be fully donated to the relief funds I will gladly pay, no qualms about it.

"Having said all these, I will still continue to donate to future fund raising programs and knowing fully that all the talk about fulfilling corporate social responsibility is just mere talk and I am sorry, talk is cheap.

The three-hour charity show televised on MediaCorp’s Channel 8 last night saw artistes gather in an effort to raise funds through song, dance and even poetry. Some were roped in to receive donations through phone calls as well.

STOMP is seeking comment from SingTel.

Article obtained from STOMP at http://singaporeseen.stomp.com.sg/singaporeseen/viewContent.jsp?id=23948



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