Business and IPC Partnership Scheme (BIPS)

To encourage corporate volunteerism, businesses may claim 250% tax deduction on qualifying expenditure incurred from 1 July 2016 to 31 Dec 2021 when they send their employees to volunteer and provide services, including secondments, to Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs).

 Please click here for the list of IPCs.

Qualifying Conditions

Who Can Qualify 

All businesses carrying out a trade or business in Singapore are eligible for BIPS when they send their employees* to volunteer and provide services at IPCs. These businesses are: 

  1. Companies, sole proprietorships, partnerships (including limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships) and registered business trusts; and  

  2. Bodies of persons, e.g. clubs and trade associations, that are deemed to be carrying on a business.

* Exclude owners of businesses i.e. sole-proprietors, partners and shareholders who are also directors of the company.

Qualifying Expenditure

Qualifying expenditure includes:

  • Basic wages
  • Other related expenses incurred by the business that were necessary for the provision of services to IPC.

All qualifying expenditure must meet the following requirements :

  1. Not reimbursed by the IPCs at anytime; 
  2. Incurred only because of the volunteer services;
  3. Not considered as personal, living, or family expenses; and
  4. Not capital expenditure  

New! For ease of claiming BIPS tax deduction, the following enhancements have been made. From 2 Dec 2019, businesses are allowed:

  • Tax deduction on wage of part-time employees who volunteer with IPCs under BIPS; and
  • An option for businesses to claim tax deduction on wage expenditure based on fixed hourly rates in lieu of actual salary: at $10 per hour for general volunteering and $20 per hour for skills-based volunteering. Skills-based volunteering refers to services which necessitate a qualifying employee to apply work-related expertise, as required by the IPC.
       

Businesses will in total receive a 250% tax deduction on the qualifying expenditure incurred, subject to the receiving IPC's agreement.

Qualifying ExpenditureTax Deduction Given
Currently deductible under Section 14(1) of the Income Tax Act 

- 100% tax deduction under Section 14(1) of the Income Tax Act

- Additional 150% tax deduction, subject to meeting the relevant conditions under BIPS

Currently not deductible under Section 14(1) of the Income Tax Act - 250% tax deduction, subject to meeting the relevant conditions under BIPS

Expenditure Cap

The qualifying expenditure is subject to a cap of $250,000 per business per Year of Assessment (YA). A qualifying expenditure cap of $50,000 is also imposed on each IPC per calendar year. 

Company A (with a 31 Dec financial year end) sends its employees to provide volunteering services to IPC X and IPC Y during the year 2019. Assuming that the expenditures do not qualify for Section 14(1) deduction, the following table illustrates the application of the expenditure caps:   

 IPC Expenditure incurred  Qualifying expenditure for BIPS  Tax deduction granted
 X# $40,000 $40,000

 $40,000 x 250% = $100,000

 Y# $70,000  $50,000*

 $50,000 x 250% = $125,000

   $90,000^ 

* The qualifying deduction is capped at $50,000 per IPC per calendar year.  

Due to the $50,000 cap imposed on each IPC per calendar year, no tax deduction under BIPS will be given to other businesses that provide volunteering services to IPC Y in 2019. A further tax deduction of $10,000 ($50,000-$40,000) under BIPS can be given on qualifying expenditure incurred by other businesses that provide volunteering services to IPC X for year 2019.

^ As the qualifying expenditure is capped at $250,000 per business per YA, Company A can claim another $160,000 ($250,000 - $90,000) in qualifying expenditure under BIPS in YA 2020.

How to claim BIPS

Business and IPC should agree on the type and duration of volunteer service, as well as the estimated expenditure, before the business provides the service, taking into account the respective expenditure caps applicable to the business and the IPC. Thereafter, the business is to complete the BIPS Service Giving Form A and Declaration for the IPC’s endorsement.

After the business carries out its volunteering service, it shall seek the IPC’s endorsement on the completed Form B with the actual expenditure. Thereafter, the IPC can submit the endorsed Form A, Declaration and Form B electronically to IRAS via mytax.iras.gov.sg using the BIPS Service Giving Declaration Form Submissione-Service by the end of January of the following year. 

New! From 2 Dec 2019, businesses need not submit documentation proof for the IPCs’ verification for related expenses that make up less than 5% of the total qualifying expenditure for that volunteering project. However, businesses should retain documentation for usual record-keeping purpose and for verification by IRAS for tax claims.  

Businesses can claim BIPS tax deduction in its tax computation based on the amount endorsed by the IPC in the Form B when submitting its income tax return.   

For more information or enquiries on BIPs, please refer to NVPC’s website or email NVPC at: contact@companyofgood.sg.

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