Over 85,000 Employers to receive $660 million in Wage Credit Scheme Payouts by 31 Mar 2017

17 Mar 2017

Over 85,000 employers in Singapore will receive about $660 million in Wage Credit Scheme (WCS) payouts by 31 March 2017. SMEs will receive around 70% of the sum disbursed.

Through the WCS payouts in March 2017, the Government co-funds 20% of the qualifying wage increases given in 2015 and 2016 to more than 600,000 Singaporean employees.

Eligible employers will receive letters from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) by 31 March 2017, informing them of the total WCS payout they will be receiving. Employers who wish to check their eligibility can do so at www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/wcs.aspx from 17 March 2017. The payout will be credited directly into the employers’ GIRO bank account used for income tax and GST purposes, or issued as cheques to employers.

Appeals regarding the WCS payouts must be submitted to IRAS by 30 June 2017. It will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The WCS was introduced in 2013 as part of the Transition Support Package. It is intended to help businesses cope with rising wage costs so that they can free up resources to invest in productivity, and share their productivity gains with their employees. Under the extended WCS in 2016 and 2017, the Government co-funds 20% of wage increases given to Singaporean employees earning a gross monthly wage [1] of $4,000 and below, over 2015 to 2017. Employers who would like to qualify for the last tranche of WCS payouts in 2018 have to pay qualifying wage increases to Singaporean employees in 2017 or sustain qualifying wage increases given in 2015 and/or 2016.

For further information and assistance on the WCS, please visit the IRAS website (www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/wcs.aspx) or contact IRAS at 1800-352-4727 or wcs@iras.gov.sg.

Ministry of Finance
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

[1] Gross monthly wage is defined as total wage of the employee paid by the employer in the calendar year (including basic salary, overtime pay and bonuses), divided by the number of months of CPF contribution.