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PR+Citizen moving overseas - ICA/IRAS Procedures

Postby Modery » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 1:33 pm

Hi all,

my wife (citizen) and I (PR) will be moving overseas for a while (at least 2 years, maybe longer; and yes, I know that this means I may lose my PR status). I have some questions regarding the things we need to do before we leave (or afterwards?) to keep all relevant government agencies informed.

ICA
Update Change of Residential Address in IC (For Singapore Citizens / Permanent Residents residing overseas) - is this the only thing we need to do to inform ICA about our move overseas (and at the same time update our address with all government agencies)?

IRAS
We'll be moving in mid May, so there's a good chance we won't have received the latest tax letter (for 2012, YA2013) from IRAS yet.
http://www.iras.gov.sg/irasHome/page04.aspx?id=104 says the following:
What to do before going overseas
* Pay your outstanding taxes, if any.
* Update your overseas residential or mailing address.
* Let us know the period you will be away from Singapore.
* If you are paying your taxes by GIRO and you are unlikely to pay taxes in the future, please cancel your GIRO arrangement with us.

We are both paying our taxes via GIRO. We also own a flat in a condo here, so we're paying property tax as well. I just checked on the IRAS site, my own taxes are completely paid off this month, the property tax is still on-going(Jan-Dec)
Can we keep the existing GIRO agreement, or would we have to pay the "new taxes" off completely at some point?


Did I miss any other important thing(s) to do here?

Thanks!

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Postby zzm9980 » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 2:35 pm

I can't help with the primary questions, but I wanted to let you know you will have a decent chance of retaining your REP for the PR if it is only two years. I believe the requirement is only 3 out of the previous 5 years you need to show tax assessments. If it goes a bit over, the ongoing property tax payments may help a bit too.

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Postby Modery » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 2:52 pm

zzm9980 wrote:I can't help with the primary questions, but I wanted to let you know you will have a decent chance of retaining your REP for the PR if it is only two years. I believe the requirement is only 3 out of the previous 5 years you need to show tax assessments. If it goes a bit over, the ongoing property tax payments may help a bit too.


Thanks zzm9980! Forgot to add above that I'm a PR since Feb 2012, so time wise it would probably fit well. But losing my PR status is a risk I know I will have to take. I didn't expect that I'd be leaving Singapore "so soon" (well, I didn't really plan to go anywhere else, but then I was offered a great opportunity), so I don't want to predict whether we'll be back in 2 years or later

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 3:09 pm

Who knows, maybe you will make another 365 :-) degree turn in the future and be right back here again.

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Postby Mad Scientist » Wed, 10 Apr 2013 6:37 pm

Informing ICA is the only thing you need to do other than have a postal box and inform Post office to forward it to this box if you wish to
IRAS and all other gahmen agencies will be able to get in touch of you once this procedure is done. You can do on line once you settle in at the other country
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