Filing Due Dates

The due date to submit your annual tax return for Individual Income Tax is: 

Mode of Filing

Filing Deadline

e-Filing

18 Apr

Paper Filing

15 Apr

If you receive a notification to file an annual Income Tax Return after the above filing deadlines, you are required to file by the due date stated in the notification.

Consequences for Late / Non-Filing of Tax Returns

IRAS may take the following actions if you fail to file the tax return by the due date:

  1. Impose a late filing fee not exceeding $1,000;
  2. Issue an estimated Notice of Assessment (NOA); and/or
  3. Summon you to Court.

Imposition of Late Filing Fee

An individual is deemed to have committed an offence if he fails to file his income tax return by the due date. Instead of taking prosecution actions, IRAS may allow the individual to settle the offence through the payment of a late filing fee.

The late filing fee ranges from $150 to $1,000 and the amount is dependent on past filing and payment records. A letter will be sent to the individual to notify him of the late filing fee.

If you receive a letter notifying you of your late filing fee, you should take the following actions immediately:

  1. File your tax return immediately; and
  2. Pay the late filing fee by the due date stated in the letter to avoid being summoned to Court.

Court Summons

A summons may be issued to an individual to attend Court on a specified date if IRAS does not receive:

  1. The required tax return; and/or
  2. Payment of the late filing fee by the due date.

    One Week Before the Court Date 

    If you do not wish to attend court, you should take the following actions at least one week before the Court date:

    1. File your tax return; and
    2. Pay the composition amount using the payment slip.

    Postponement of Court Hearing

    If you need more time to file and/or pay the composition amount, you should attend Court on the mention date to appeal for a postponement.

    Attending Court

    Failure to attend court will result in further legal actions taken against you (for example, a warrant of arrest may be issued).

    In court, you will have to take a plea after the charges are read. Upon conviction, you may face a fine of up to $1,000.

    Further Prosecution

    You may face further prosecution actions if your tax return remains outstanding after conviction.

    Failure to File Your Tax Returns for Two or More Years

    If you fail to file your tax returns for two years or more, you may be issued with a summons to attend court. On conviction in court, you may be ordered by the court to pay:

    1. A penalty that is twice the amount of tax that IRAS may assess for that YA; and

    2. A fine of up to $1,000.

    Failure to pay the penalty or fine to the Court may result in imprisonment of up to six months.

    Estimated Notice of Assessment (NOA)

    IRAS may at the same time issue an estimated NOA if an individual fails to file his income tax return as required. The estimated tax may be based on the individual’s past years’ income or information available to IRAS.

    If you receive an estimated NOA, you must:

    1. Pay the estimated tax within one month from the date of the NOA

      You have to pay the estimated tax by the due date even if you intend to object to the assessment or are awaiting the outcome of your objection. Otherwise, there will be penalties for late payment.

    2. File your Tax Return

      You should file your tax return immediately. Upon revision of the estimated assessment, any excess tax paid will be refunded.

    Filing Outstanding Tax Returns

    Current Year of Assessment (YA) 

      You may e-File your tax return for the current YA via myTax Portal.

        If the online tax return is not available, please call 1800-356 8300 (+65 6356 8300) and select option 2 to obtain paper forms via post. 

        Previous Year of Assessment(s)

        Call 1800-356 8300 (+65 6356 8300) and select option 2 to obtain paper forms via post.

        Paying the Late Filing Fee

        The late filing fee must be paid and the outstanding tax return submitted by the due date in order to settle the case.

        Even if payment has been made for the late filing fee, prosecution actions may still be taken against you if your tax return remains outstanding.

        Please quote the payment slip number when making payment for the late filing fee using the preferred payment modes. GIRO payment is not applicable for payment of the late filing fee.

        To check if your payment has been credited, please log in to myTax Portal and select "View Account Summary" three working days from the date of your payment.

        Appealing Against the Late Filing Fee

        Appeals can be made online via myTax Portal and will only be considered if the following conditions are fully met:

        1. You have submitted the outstanding returns and/or documents by the due date stated in the late filing penalty notification; and
        2. You have filed on time for the past two years.

        • Can I request for an extension to file my tax return?

          Generally, we do not allow filing extensions. A request for extension to file may be made online via myTax Portal if you have good filing and payment records for the last two years.

          No filing extensions will be allowed if a summons to attend court has been issued. If you require an extension to file, you must attend court on the mention date to appeal for an extension.

          Failure to attend court may result in further legal actions taken against you (for example, a warrant of arrest may be issued).

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