Essential information for new taxpayers such as tax filing obligations, deductions to save taxes, digital services and getting tax clearance.

Update your particulars

We encourage you to update your contact details with us in order to receive timely SMS/email notifications on your tax matters. You may do so by logging into myTax Portal using your Singpass or Singpass Foreign user Account (SFA), and click on "Account" > "Update Contact Details".

Please ensure that your latest address is updated to receive your tax bill. If you are a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident, you need to update your residential address online using the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s Change of Address e-Service. If you are a foreigner, please log in to myTax Portal using your Singpass or Singpass Foreign user Account (SFA) and click on ‘Update Contact Details’ to update your residential/mailing address.

Obligation to file tax

Individuals are taxed based on the income earned in the preceding calendar year. Filing for the Year of Assessment begins on 1 Mar and you must file your Income tax Return by 18 Apr.

Generally, there are 2 groups of taxpayers:

  • those who are required to file an Income Tax Return, and
  • those who are on the No-Filing Service.
Type of notification received Action required
If you receive any letter, form or SMS informing you to file an Income Tax Return

You must file regardless of:

If you receive a letter or SMS informing you that you have been selected for the No-Filing Service You are not required to file an Income Tax Return. You may choose to log in to myTax Portal to preview your tax bill, also known as the Notice of Assessment, and request for an early assessment by 18 Apr. Otherwise, your tax bill (digital or paper format) will be sent to you from end Apr onwards.
 
Your tax bill 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 tax bill is accurate.
 
If you have any other income that is not shown in the tax bill, or your relief claims in the tax bill are incorrect, please inform us via the "Object to Assessment" digital service at myTax Portal within 30 days from the date of your tax bill. Alternatively, please email us the details of your amendments if you are unable to use the digital service.
You may be selected for the Direct Notice of Assessment initiative if you only had auto-included income in the previous year. You do not need to file an Income Tax Return. Your tax bill would be computed based on your income provided by your employer and previous year’s relief claims. A taxpayer selected to receive the Notice of Assessment without the need to file has a legal duty to inform IRAS of any inaccurate information on his income and/or relief claims in his tax bill. There are penalties for failing to do so.

Find out if you need to file an Income Tax Return for Year of Assessment 2021:

Filing Checker

Non-residents who derived income from Singapore in the preceding year are required to file an Income Tax Return. It does not matter how much you earned in the previous year.

Find out more about Tax Season 2021.

Fulfilling your tax obligations

Taxpayer Journey


There are 2 stages in fulfilling your tax obligations:

  1. Filing your income tax
  2. After filing/receiving your tax bill

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

Filing income tax After filing/receiving your tax bill
Is this a taxable income?
Deductions for individuals
Individual income tax rates
Individuals required to file tax
Working out your tax residency
I am working for Foreign Employer
Not Ordinarily Resident (NOR) Scheme
Area Representative Scheme
Making changes after filing/receiving tax bill
Understanding my tax assessment
How to pay tax

Keeping proper records

You must keep proper records relating to your income and expenses claims for a period of 5 years.

Example 1: Keeping records of income and expenses

Year of Assessment Records* for periodKeep records up to
2021 1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020 31 Dec 2025

* Records include Forms IR8A, payslips, CPF statements, receipts, invoices and vouchers.

Digital services for individuals

Please use the Digital services (Individuals) for filing, paying and managing your taxes.

Tax clearance for foreigners

You must settle all your taxes if you are about to leave Singapore or change to another job within Singapore. This process is known as tax clearance. Your current employer must notify IRAS and ensure you have paid all taxes before you cease employment with them.

If you still hold any existing stock options or awards on hand which have yet to be exercised or vested, you will be considered to have derived gains from the stock or awards at the point of tax clearance.

Getting help

You may use the following online calculators to help you do a quick assessment:

If you require further assistance, please email us.