Reporting of errors to IRAS on mandatory CPF contributions made to employees for purposes of JSS

It is vital that employers contribute the right amount of mandatory CPF for genuine employees based on the actual wages paid. Employers that are selected for review are required to perform the following steps:

  1. Self-review of mandatory CPF contributions made for your employees

    For the July 2020 Payout
    Check whether there are any errors pertaining to your employees’ mandatory CPF contributions for the months of February, March and April 2020 which will affect the computation of the JSS payout.  

    For the October 2020 Payout

    Check whether there are any errors pertaining to your employees’ mandatory CPF contributions for the months of May, June, July and August 2020 which will affect the computation of the JSS payout.

    You may wish to refer to illustrations provided below on examples of JSS abuse.

  2. Correction of Errors
    If you identified any errors during the self-review, you should make the relevant CPF adjustments below:

    a) For Refund
    Please select ‘Refund of CPF Contributions Paid’ RFM/Form 40 at:  https://www.cpf.gov.sg/eSvc/Web/Services/RefundOfCpfContributionsPaid/LandingPage

    b) For Adjustment
    Please select ‘Application for Adjustment of CPF Payment’ (ER_DMS_REQ01) at:  https://www.cpf.gov.sg/eSvc/Web/Schemes/AdjustmentOfCpfPayment/Home
  3. Submission of Self-review Declaration

    For the July 2020 Payout 

    The self-review for July 2020 payout is closed.

    For the October 2020 Payout
    Submit your Declaration of Review via https://go.gov.sg/jssselfreviewoct. Please note that only declarations made by either the Business Owner (for sole-proprietorships or partnerships) or Director (for companies) will be accepted.
  4. Disclosing Errors Discovered
    If there are any errors discovered, you may list the details of errors made in accordance with the format provided (XLSX, 31.0KB) and attach it in your submission to https://go.gov.sg/jssselfreviewoct.

Illustrations of Unacceptable Practices

IRAS has observed the following instances of unacceptable practices where employers engage in arrangements to alter their CPF contribution data, such that the data do not correspond with employees’ wages. As JSS payouts are automatically computed based on CPF contribution data, these employers then stand to gain a higher amount of the cash subsidy than due to them.

Example 1: Making mandatory CPF contributions for non-genuine employees

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This is a fraudulent arrangement. Employers should not make any mandatory CPF contributions to individuals who are not their genuine employees.

Individuals are reminded that providing their personal information to some employers to facilitate such schemes may make them accomplices to the fraud, resulting in criminal liability for the individuals.

Individuals should not give out their personal information such as NRIC, SingPass or bank account details in exchange for CPF contributions and/or money.

Example 2: Continuing mandatory CPF contributions for employees whose employment has been ceased or put on no-pay leave

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Employers should stop making mandatory CPF contributions for employees who have been retrenched or are on no-pay leave.
However, employers can continue to make voluntary CPF contributions to the CPF accounts of employees on no-pay leave by applying for a separate CPF submission number with CPF Board.

(For more details on making voluntary CPF contributions for employees, please find out more at the CPF Board website).

Example 3: Maintaining mandatory CPF contribution amounts based on past wages for employees who have suffered wage cuts

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CPF mandatory contributions are based on employees’ wages, age and citizenship. A wage cut on the employees’ part should see a corresponding decrease in the CPF contribution.

However, employers can continue to make voluntary CPF contributions to the CPF accounts of employees whose wages have been cut by applying for a separate CPF submission number with CPF Board.

(For more details on making voluntary CPF contributions for employees, please find out more at the CPF Board website)

Example 4: Increasing CPF contributions for employees without any actual wage increase

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CPF mandatory contributions are based on employees’ wages, age and citizenship. The prevailing CPF contribution rates can be found on the CPF website.

Example 5: Inflating mandatory CPF contributions and deducting these excess contributions from employees’ wages in cash

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This is a fraudulent arrangement. Employers should only make the correct amount of mandatory CPF contributions based on the actual wages paid to their employees.

Example 6: Artificially splitting wages of employees across multiple business entities

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*CPF contributions for wages exceeding $4,600 are excluded in the computation of JSS payouts.

Employers should only make mandatory CPF contributions to employees for the business entities they are working for, instead of artificially splitting the wages of its employees across related business entities to circumvent the $4,600 salary ceiling.

 

Example 7: Making purported mandatory CPF contributions for purported wages paid without expectation of any work to be done (e.g. solely to fulfill regulatory requirements or quotas, or family members who are not involved in the business)

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Employers should only make mandatory CPF contributions to employees for wages paid for work performed as part of a contract of service.

 

Example 8: Making purported mandatory CPF contributions for wages that are not commensurate with the volume or nature of work of the employees

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Employers should only make mandatory CPF contributions to employees for wages paid that are commensurate with the volume or nature of work of the employees, instead of making purported mandatory CPF contributions based on inflated wages to increase the amount of JSS subsidy.