Tips on e-Filing for YA 2021

Getting Ready

Before you start filing, please get the relevant information required to complete the tax return ready. These include:

  • Form IR8A from your employer - (if your employer is not participating in the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) for Employment Income)
  • Particulars of your dependants, e.g. child, parent (for new relief claims only)
  • Details of property rented out, if any (e.g. gross rent, mortgage interest on the loan taken to purchase the tenanted property)
  • Sole-proprietorship Unique Entity Number/Partnership Tax Reference Number, if applicable (for self-employed and partners only)

This electronic tax return may take you 5 - 10 minutes to complete. Please clear your cache (temporary internet files) before and after filing.

There are software requirements for accessing myTax Portal and EASY. Please refer to the operating systems and browsers that are supported.

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Online Help

If you need help during e-Filing, please:

  • Click on the icon ‹ info-icon›, (known as 'i-help').
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Income, Deductions and Reliefs Statement (IDRS)

The IDRS is a summary of:

  • your income, deductions and reliefs information provided by the relevant organisations directly to IRAS. Please clarify directly with the relevant organisations if you require more details on the information provided by them.

  • your rental income, which is pre-filled based on your declaration in last year's tax return or e-stamped tenancy records (if any); and

  • your reliefs, which are pre-filled based on the claims allowed to you previously.

At the IDRS, please click on the relevant buttons:

  • "Yes, I need to edit my Tax Form" to declare your other sources of income or make changes to the pre-filled information (apart from the information provided by the relevant organisations). This option will bring you to ‘My Tax Form’.

  • "No, I have nothing to declare other than the information shown in the IDRS above" to submit your tax return, if you do not have other sources of income/deductions/reliefs to declare/claim (i.e. all your income/deductions/reliefs are as shown in the IDRS).

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Declaration of income and claiming of reliefs

If you have other income to declare or changes to the pre-filled information (apart from the information provided by the relevant organisations), please declare them in 'My Tax Form'.

Income Page

Enter your income in the boxes provided or click on the relevant UPDATE buttons, to declare additional income.

If your employer is participating in the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) for Employment Income but details are not shown in the IDRS, tick the box under item 1. ‘Employment Income and Expenses' in Section A of My Tax Form.

Tips on e-Filing YA 2018

If there are discrepancies in the pre-filled income, please check with your employer(s) directly as they are in a better position to clarify on the amount transmitted to IRAS. If there are any changes to be made to your income details, your employer(s) should transmit the amended details to IRAS and this will be included in your tax assessment.

In the meantime, please proceed to e-File your tax returns by 18 Apr 2021.

Deductions and Reliefs Page

Enter your deductions/reliefs in the boxes provided or click on the relevant hyperlinks, to change or make new claims for deductions/reliefs. You may view and download the full version of the Quick Guide for e-Filers (PDF, 110KB).

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Points to Note When e-Filing

"Save as draft" facility

If you are not able to complete your filing at one session, please save the return as ‘draft’. The draft will be retained in the portal for 14 days. Please note that this draft is not a submission of your Income Tax return. You are required to submit your Income Tax Return within 14 days of saving your draft or before 18 Apr 2021, whichever is earlier.

You can access the draft and make the necessary amendments before you submit your income tax return. To retrieve the draft copy of your Income Tax Return, login to using your Singpass or Singpass Foreign user Account (SFA). On the top menu, click “Individuals” and select “File Income Tax Return”. Follow the instructions shown on the screen to retrieve your Income Tax Return and continue to file.


Please do not leave your filing session idle for more than 20 minutes. Otherwise, the session will expire and you will be required to log in to the portal again. If you are unable to complete your filing, you may save a ‘draft’ of your filing before you log out from the portal.

Re-filing before receipt of your tax bill (Notice of Assessment)

You can only re-file once. Re-filing must be done within 7 days New of your previous submission or before 18 Apr 2021, whichever is earlier.

When you re-file, you must include all your income details (excluding information provided by employers participating in the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) for Employment Income and other relevant organisations) and expenses/donations/reliefs claims. Once you have re-filed successfully, your new submission will override the previous submission.

However, if you wish to make amendments after you have re-filed, you may email us.

Update Contact Details

To make it convenient for taxpayers to transact with IRAS, we will be introducing new services through the mobile channel. Please update your mobile number with us once you file at myTax Portal.

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