Your clubs will face enforcement actions for any late or non-filing of your Private Lotteries Duty Returns. The filing due date is by 14th of the month following the end of the month it conducts the lottery (except for scheduled lottery). Scheduled lottery filing due date is within 14 days from the date of the lottery.

Consequences for late or non-filing of tax returns

Failure to file Form PL-R together with audited financial statement by the due date is an offence.

IRAS may take the following enforcement actions if you fail to file by the due date: 

  1. Issue an estimated Notice of Assessment. You must pay the estimated duty within 1 month
  2. Offer to compound the offence
  3. Summon the club or persons responsible for running of the club (including the Director/Chairman) to Court

Estimated Notice of Assessment

IRAS may issue an estimated Notice of Assessment based on your past lottery turnover or any information that IRAS may have. IRAS may make assumptions in estimating any increase in lottery turnover.

If you receive an estimated Notice of Assessment, you must:

  1. Pay the estimated tax within 1 month from the date of the Notice of Assessment

    You must pay the estimated tax even if you intend to object to the assessment or are awaiting the outcome of the objection. There will be penalties for late payment.

  2. File an objection if you disagree with the estimated tax assessment
    You must file an objection to the assessment within 14 days from the date of the Notice of Assessment. 

    When filing the objection, you must submit the Form PL-R and audited financial statements. Otherwise, the estimated assessment will not be revised. 

    If all the documents are submitted, your objection to the estimated tax assessment will be reviewed and excess tax paid will be refunded.

Offer of composition

Instead of taking prosecution actions, IRAS may allow you to avoid prosecution by paying a composition amount.

The composition amount ranges from $200 to $1,000 and the amount is dependent on the club’s past filing and payment records. A notice will be sent to inform you of the composition amount. You must pay the composition amount and file the overdue tax return and documents to avoid prosecution.

Paying the composition amount

Bring along the payment slip when paying the composition amount at any Singapore Post outlet or pay by Singapore cheque , crossed and made payable to the "Commissioner of Betting Duties", with your full name and tax reference number written on the reverse side of the cheque. Post the cheque and the payment slip to IRAS.

The payment will be processed after 3 working days.  

Legal actions may still be taken against you if you do not file the outstanding tax return after paying the composition amount. The payment made will be used to settle any unpaid tax.

Appealing for waiver of composition amount

Appeals can be made via email to [email protected]. Appeals will only be considered if:

  1. You have submitted the outstanding tax returns and/or documents by the due date stated in the offer of composition; and
  2. You have filed your tax return on time for the past 2 years

Court summons

A summons may be issued to your club and/or your club directors to attend Court on a specified date if IRAS does not receive:

  1. The required tax return and/or documents by the due date
  2. Payment of the composition amount by the due date

If you do not wish to attend Court, you must do all of the following actions at least 1 week before the Court date:

  1. File the outstanding tax return and/or documents
  2. Pay the composition amount

Postponement of Court hearing

If you need more time to file and/or pay the composition amount, your club’s representative, must attend Court on the Court date with a Letter of Authorisation to appeal for postponement. You may refer to the State Courts' FAQ on attending Court (PDF, 171KB).

Attending Court

Failure to attend Court will result in further legal actions taken against the club (i.e. a warrant of arrest may be issued against the club director).

In Court, if convicted of the offence, the club may face a fine of up to $1,000.

You must still file the outstanding documents. Otherwise, further legal actions may be taken.

Filing outstanding Form PL-R

Download a copy of Form PL-R and submit the completed form by post. Learn more about filing Form PL-R.