Consequences for late payment or non-payment of taxes
IRAS may take the following actions if you fail to pay by the due date:
- Impose late payment penalties
- Appoint agents like your bank, employer, tenant or lawyer (handling the sale of any of your property) to recover the overdue tax
- Issue a Travel Restriction Order (TRO) to stop you from leaving Singapore
- Take legal action
The above list is not exhaustive.
Late payment penalty
Unless you are on an approved instalment plan, a 5% late payment penalty is imposed on the unpaid tax if full payment is not received by the due date of the NOA.
Example 1: Penalty imposed for late payment
Date of the NOA is 1 Jun 2020 and the tax payable is $3,000. 5% late payment penalty of $150 (i.e. 5% x $3,000) is added when the tax is not paid by 1 Jul 2020.
|Date of NOA||NOA Due Date||Tax Payable||5% Late Payment Penalty Imposed|
|1 Jun 2020||1 Jul 2020||$3,000||$150|
If you have filed an objection and are awaiting the outcome, you still must pay the tax assessed as shown in the NOA. Excess payment will be refunded to you if the assessment is revised.
Example 2: Penalties and refunds when an objection is filed
Taxpayer received an estimated NOA, with a tax payable of $1,000, dated 1 Aug 2020. The due date for payment is 1 Sep 2020 (one month from the date of NOA).
Taxpayer filed an objection and did not pay the tax. As no payment was received by the due date, a 5% late payment penalty of $50 was imposed.
Taxpayer paid the tax and penalty on 30 Sep 2020. On 9 Oct 2020, the assessment was amended to $800 and the late payment penalty was revised to $40 (5% late payment penalty on $800) accordingly. A refund of $210 was made to the taxpayer.
|Date of NOA||Due Date on NOA||Tax Amount||5% Late Payment Penalty Imposed|
|1 Aug 2020||1 Sep 2020||$1,000||$50|
|9 Oct 2020||1 Sep 2020||($200)||($10)|
|Revised Tax and 5% Penalty||$800||$40|
If the tax remains unpaid 60 days after the imposition of the 5% late payment penalty, an additional penalty of 1% per month may be imposed for every completed month that the tax remains unpaid, up to a maximum of 12% of the unpaid tax.
Example 3: Penalty imposed for continued late payment
Taxpayer did not pay the tax payable of $3,000 by the due date on the NOA, and received a late payment penalty notice dated 2 Jul 2020 with 5% late payment penalty added to the overdue tax.
The due date for payment of tax and penalty of $3,150 on the late payment penalty notice was 2 Aug 2020 (one month from the date of late payment penalty notice).
As the tax was unpaid for 1 completed month after 60 days from the late payment penalty notice date, a 1% additional penalty was imposed on 2 Oct 2020. 1% penalty will continue to be imposed for each additional month that the tax remained unpaid.
Taxpayer eventually paid the tax and penalties on 15 Nov 2020.
The total penalty imposed was $210 (5% late payment penalty x $3,000 plus 1% additional penalty x $3,000 x 2 months).
|Late Payment Penalty Notice Date||Payment Date||5% Late Payment Penalty Imposed||Additional 1% Penalty Imposed|
|2 Jul 2020||15 Nov 2020||$150|
($3,000 x 5%)
($3,000 x 1% x 2 months)
Appealing for waiver of late payment penalty
Appeals will only be considered if:
- You have paid the overdue tax in full, by the due date as stated in the late payment penalty notice; and
- No waiver has been granted in the past 2 calendar years or you have paid on time for the past 2 years
Appointment of agents
If the tax remains unpaid, IRAS may appoint agents like your bank, employer, tenant, lawyer or other 3rd parties with money due to you to recover the taxes owing.
Requests made for release of your banks from the agent appointment after 12pm on weekdays will only be processed on the next working day while requests cannot be processed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Agents will be released from the appointment only after the tax and penalties have been paid in full.
If a Travel Restriction Order (TRO) is issued, you cannot travel out of Singapore until you pay the tax in full.
View and retrieve the Notification for Release of TRO via mytax.iras.gov.sg 2 working days after your payment has been received to facilitate your travel at the immigration checkpoints when you leave Singapore. The notification will also be mailed to you within 10 days.
For non-NRIC holders, please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid pass to remain in Singapore. Please approach the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) to extend your stay in Singapore if you require more time to resolve your tax matters with IRAS. It is an offence to overstay in Singapore.
Checking tax balance and making payment
To check your current balance, log in to mytax.iras.gov.sg and select "View Account Summary”. You can make Individual Income Tax payments through various payment modes. The payment will be processed after 3 working days.
If you are unable to pay the tax in full, you may apply for up to 12 interest-free monthly instalments via GIRO .
Difficulty paying your tax
GIRO cancellation or termination
You are advised to maintain enough funds in your bank account. If your GIRO deduction is unsuccessful due to insufficient funds in the bank account, or incorrect limits set, etc., IRAS will cancel your GIRO plan. The balance of the unpaid taxes becomes due and payable immediately. You may be imposed a penalty if you do not settle the unpaid taxes promptly.
Can I sign up for GIRO?
Yes, you can sign up for GIRO. Learn more about the different ways to apply for GIRO
My GIRO instalment plan was cancelled and penalty has been imposed. Can I continue to pay by GIRO instalments?
If you wish to continue paying by GIRO instalments, you can re-activate your GIRO arrangement via the Apply for Payment Plan digital service at mytax.iras.gov.sg, before the payment due date stated in the late payment penalty notice.
You must follow the payment plan schedule if your payment plan is approved. If you repeatedly default on your payment plan, IRAS may not approve your subsequent requests for payment arrangements.
Why are agents appointed to pay my tax?
If you fail to make payment for your overdue tax, IRAS may appoint your banks, tenant, employer, etc. as an agent to recover the unpaid tax.
Your appointed agent(s) will be required to pay moneys due to you to the Comptroller to settle your tax liabilities. The appointment will be released when the overdue tax is settled in full.
For more details on appointment of agents, you may use our Ask Jamie Virtual Assistant (available 24/7) at the side of this webpage.