Payroll software vendors may develop payroll software for employers on the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) for Employment Income to prepare and submit their employees' income records.

Payroll software for AIS submissions

Payroll software that supports AIS submissions must be able to integrate directly with IRAS' server to submit employment income information through Application Programming Interface (API).

How to qualify as an AIS Payroll Software Vendor

AIS payroll software vendors’ software must be able to support AIS submissions via API with effect from YA 2023 submissions.

Interested payroll vendors must complete an annual validation test conducted during the validation test period stated below.

First time applicants may email [email protected] by 31 Oct.

Do note that IRAS does not endorse your payroll software. Qualifying as an AIS payroll software vendor just means that the AIS submissions made through your software can be accepted by IRAS’ system.

We publish the list of AIS payroll software vendors and recommended controls for payroll software in the submit employment income records webpage.

Timeline to qualify as an AIS payroll software vendor for YA 2023 submission:

Validation Test PeriodWebsite Listing Period
Aug - Nov 2022Jan - Dec 2023

Annual Validation Test

The validation test ensures that AIS submissions made through your software meets IRAS’ technical file format/ specifications requirements.

IRAS will notify you of the details for the validation test in Aug 2022 via email. You must perform a self-verification exercise to ensure that your payroll software can generate and output values according to the sample scenarios provided.

The following items must be submitted to IRAS by 30 Nov:

  1. A completed self-verification checklist

  2. Submission Reference No(s). submitted to API Sandbox

IRAS may conduct random checks on the submitted test file(s) to verify your validation test results. If the submitted test file(s) fail the validation test, you will not qualify as an AIS payroll software vendor.

Year of Assessment (YA) 2023 Validation Test

You only need to complete the validation test for the scenario that corresponds with the forms supported by your payroll software.

Guide, Test Scenarios and Expected Output Files for YA2023

Guides/ Test Scenarios DescriptionLast Updated
File Validation Test Guide (PDF, 145KB)N.A.Aug 2022
Scenario 1 (ZIP, 52KB)IR8A Aug 2022
Scenario 2 (ZIP, 80KB) IR8A, IR8SAug 2022
Scenario 3 (ZIP, 77KB) IR8A, Appendix 8AAug 2022
Scenario 4 (ZIP, 84KB) IR8A, Appendix 8BAug 2022
Scenario 5 (ZIP, 84KB) IR8A, IR8S, Appendix 8AAug 2022
Scenario 6 (ZIP, 112KB) IR8A, IR8S, Appendix 8BAug 2022
Scenario 7 (ZIP, 109KB) IR8A, Appendix 8A, Appendix 8BAug 2022
Scenario 8 (ZIP, 137KB) IR8A, IR8S, Appendix 8A, Appendix 8BAug 2022
*The values in the test scenarios are fictitious and are solely meant for the purpose of the validation test. They should not be used as a reference for any computation purposes (e.g. CPF computation).

FAQs

When am I required to participate in the validation test?

Interested payroll vendors must complete the validation test by 30 Nov each year. You will be notified to participate in the validation test if you are an existing AIS software vendor or have submitted a participation request email to IRAS by 31 Oct.

If changes are made to your payroll software after you qualify as an AIS payroll software vendor, you must email to IRAS at [email protected], and complete the validation test again.

I have completed the validation test. When will I know if I qualify as an AIS payroll vendor?

The list of AIS payroll software vendors for the upcoming YA will be updated periodically throughout Oct to Nov each year. Please inform IRAS if your contact information has changed. IRAS reserves the right to remove any payroll vendor from the list without notification.