Basic Guide for New Taxpayers

Essential information for new taxpayers such as tax filing obligations, e-Services, guides and FAQs.

Tax Season 2017 - All You Need to Know

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Filing for the Year of Assessment (YA) 2017 begins on 1 Mar 2017. For more information, please refer to Tax Season 2017 – All You Need to Know.

 

Obligation to File Tax

Generally, there are 2 groups of taxpayers: (I) those who are required to file a tax return, and (ii) those who are on the No-Filing Service (NFS).

If you have received any letter, form or SMS informing you to file an Income Tax Return, you must file regardless of:

  1. the amount of your annual income in the previous year; or
  2.  whether your employer is participating in the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) for Employment Income.

If you receive a letter or SMS informing that you have been selected for NFS, you are not required to file a tax return. Your Notice of Assessment (NOA) or tax bill will be sent to you between end Apr to Sep 2017. Your NOA is computed based on your auto-included income and previous year’s relief claims, if any, which may be adjusted if you do not meet the eligibility criteria.  It is your responsibility to ensure that your NOA is accurate. If you have any other income that is not shown in the NOA, or your relief claims in the NOA are incorrect, please inform us within 30 days from the date of your NOA.

Use our online tool to Check Your Tax Filing Requirements. (47KB)

If you are a foreigner, please refer to Basic Guide for New Individual Taxpayers (Foreigners).

Update Your Mobile Number

We encourage you to update your mobile number with us so that you can receive SMS notifications on your tax matters. You can do so at myTax Portal - "Account" - "Update Contact Details".

Fulfilling Your Tax Obligations

There are three stages in fulfilling your tax obligations:

  1. Filing Your Income Tax
  2. Actions after Filing Tax
  3. Actions after Receiving Your Tax Bill

The table below summarises related links and information on your tax filing obligations.

Filing Income Tax

After Filing Income Tax

After Receiving the Tax Bill
(Notice of Assessment)

Income Tax Glossary

What is Taxable, What is Not

Deductions for Individuals (Reliefs, Expenses, Donations)

Income Tax Rates

How to File Tax

Checking Filing Status

Making Changes after Filing

How to Read your Tax Bill

How to Pay Tax

Objecting to Income Tax Bill

e-Services for Individuals

Please use the e-Services (individuals) for filing, paying and managing your taxes.

Getting Help

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