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Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby lavender99 » Tue, 29 Nov 2016 3:49 pm

Hi, I'm a female foreigner working in Singapore under EP.
I'm qualified as Tax Resident for the YA 2017.
I just got married on May 2016.
My husband lives with me under Dependent Pass, he's currently unemployed (no income).

I already read about the Spouse Relief in the IRAS website but I still got some questions:
1. Can a Foreigner Tax Resident claim Spouse Relief?
2. Will I be able to claim Spouse Relief on the YA 2017 even though I'm married only for 6 months in the year of 2016?
3. Usually my company is taking care of Income Tax calculation and I only receive the NOA before proceeding in paying the tax.
Do I need to claim the Spouse Relief by myself or usually a company will take care of it for their employees?
If I need to claim it myself, how should I do it if my company is the one who file my income tax?

I already sent an email to IRAS, but I'm happy if people here can share their experience :D
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Re: RE: Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby ecureilx » Wed, 30 Nov 2016 9:58 am

lavender99 wrote:Do I need to claim the Spouse Relief by myself or usually a company will take care of it for their employees?
If I need to claim it myself, how should I do it if my company is the one who file my income tax?


unless things changed, your company will submitting to IRAS the IR8, (pay details) and you must login and accept the submission using your Singpass, at which time you can add additional relief.


PS, edited for clarity
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Re: Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby PNGMK » Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:25 am

1. yes
2. yes
3. as Squirrel explained.
4. IF you're after tax reliefs also investigate SRS (just google SRS IRAS). It's about the only decent tax deduction available for foreigners here who don't have SC children (like we do).
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Re: RE: Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby lavender99 » Wed, 30 Nov 2016 1:37 pm

ecureilx wrote:
lavender99 wrote:Do I need to claim the Spouse Relief by myself or usually a company will take care of it for their employees?
If I need to claim it myself, how should I do it if my company is the one who file my income tax?


unless things changed, your company will submitting to IRAS the IR8, (pay details) and you must login and accept the submission using your Singpass, at which time you can add additional relief.


PS, edited for clarity


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Re: Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby lavender99 » Wed, 30 Nov 2016 3:40 pm

PNGMK wrote:1. yes
2. yes
3. as Squirrel explained.
4. IF you're after tax reliefs also investigate SRS (just google SRS IRAS). It's about the only decent tax deduction available for foreigners here who don't have SC children (like we do).


Oops, I forgot that I'm contributing to SRS this year. :D
Thanks for reminding, I nearly forget it.
Got two more questions:
1. Is there any documents/particulars of my husband that I need to upload into the E-file system?
2. I already looked into the SRS relief, and the IRAS website says : "You do not need to make a claim in your tax return as it will be allowed automatically based on information provided by the SRS operator."
But there's also an information regarding "Tax Clearance" on the page, should I sort out this document as well?
3. Based on your experience, is SRS relief automatically applied/reflected in the NOA?

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Re: Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 30 Nov 2016 9:54 pm

Tax Clearance is the IR-21 and it is filed by the employer when you quit your job. Basically, it estimates the tax liability up to that point in the calendar year. If one takes up another position here, the employer will also file the IR-8e if they are under the auto-inclusion scheme (all companies with more than 10 employees). The IRAS will then take into consideration the taxes withheld from the final salary of the employee when the IR-21 is filed and apply that to the combined incomes for the entire years. You will get a tax bill for the difference.

The employer is required, by law, to file the IR-21 one month before the last day of work and is required to withhold all monies owed to the employee from the date of submission of the resignation or notice (if instigated by the employer). If you are on 3 months notice this could hurt. Normally here it's one month notice except maybe in the financial sector.

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Re: Spouse Relief for Foreigner Married on Half of the YA Period

Postby PNGMK » Thu, 01 Dec 2016 8:55 am

lavender99 wrote:
PNGMK wrote:1. yes
2. yes
3. as Squirrel explained.
4. IF you're after tax reliefs also investigate SRS (just google SRS IRAS). It's about the only decent tax deduction available for foreigners here who don't have SC children (like we do).


Oops, I forgot that I'm contributing to SRS this year. :D
Thanks for reminding, I nearly forget it.
Got two more questions:
1. Is there any documents/particulars of my husband that I need to upload into the E-file system?
2. I already looked into the SRS relief, and the IRAS website says : "You do not need to make a claim in your tax return as it will be allowed automatically based on information provided by the SRS operator."
But there's also an information regarding "Tax Clearance" on the page, should I sort out this document as well?
3. Based on your experience, is SRS relief automatically applied/reflected in the NOA?


1. You adjust your status and provide details of your spouse I seem to recall (NRIC).
2. SRS adjustment is automatic.
I have gay, black, Asian friends and then JR8.


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