8 Legal Ways to Reduce Your Personal Income Tax

Hello Business Owners and Friends!

Are you tired of seeing a significant portion of your hard-earned income being deducted as personal income tax every year?

We know that filing of personal tax in Singapore can be daunting, but did you know that there are several ways to legally reduce your personal income tax burden?

Our team has identified several legal and ethical strategies that can significantly reduce your tax liability and put more money back in your pocket. Without further ado, here’s all you need to know about how to reduce your personal income tax for the Year of Assessment (YA) 2024.

1. Deductions on work from home expenses


If you are working remotely due to your employer’s mandate and not being reimbursed for the additional expenses incurred at your home office, you can claim them as a tax deduction. Do note that you need to keep and submit supporting documents upon request.

Note that for most of these expenses, you can only claim the difference in the bill amount before and after working from home. You may also claim deductions for your Wi-Fi monthly subscription fees if the Wi-Fi was installed solely for work purposes.

If you continue to subscribe to the service after you no longer work from home, the subscription fees you incur thereafter will not be deductible.

In households where more than one person is working from home, the IRAS will allow an equal apportionment basis to calculate the shared expenses among all working individuals in the same household.

2. Deductions on rental expenses

As a property owner who rents out their property for income, you are entitled to claim the costs incurred from renting it out. This includes mortgage interest, fire insurance premiums, and out-of-pockets expenses for repairs and maintenance.

If you have outstanding repairs such as peeling paint on walls, or require furniture replacement, it may be worthwhile to complete these tasks before the year ends. This could be a great way to kickstart the new year with a fresh start.

3. Deductions on work from home expenses

The Singapore government provides Parent Relief as a means of fostering filial piety and acknowledging those who care for their parents, grandparents, parents-in-law, or grandparents-in-law.

Do note that you must satisfy all the conditions below to claim Parent Relief / Handicapped Parent Relief for YA 2023:

Qualifying ConditionsParent ReliefHandicapped Parent Relief
The dependant was living in your household in Singapore 2022. If the dependent lived in a separate household in Singapore, you must have incurred $2,000 or more in supporting him/her in 2022.YesYes
The dependent was 55 years of age or above in 2022.YesNot applicable
The dependent is physically or mentally disabled.Not applicableYes
The dependent did not have an annual income exceeding $4,000 in 2022.YesNot applicable

Amount of relief

Type of Parent ReliefParent ReliefHandicapped Parent Relief
Taxpayer stays with dependent$9,000 per dependent$14,000 per dependent
Taxpayer does not stay with dependent$5,500 per dependent$10,000 per dependent

4. Working Mother’s Child Relief (WMCR)

Tax relief claims are also available for working mothers who have hired a domestic helper or enlisted the help of their parents or in-laws for childcare duties in the previous year.

If you want to claim WMCR in YA 2023, you have to satisfy these conditions in 2022:

  1. You must be a working mother who is married, divorced, or widowed.
  2. You must have a taxable earned income from employment, pensions, trade, business, or profession.
  3. You must have provided care for a Singapore Citizen child who meets the requirements of Qualifying Child Relief (QCR) or Handicapped Child Relief (HCR) as of December 31, 2022.

Aside from that, if you’re a working mother in Singapore with school-going children, you can claim relief for the foreign domestic worker levy paid in the previous year.

You’re allowed to claim twice the total foreign domestic worker levy paid in the year 2022 on one foreign domestic worker.

Lastly, there is also Grandparent Caregiver Relief (GCR) which is a tax relief that can be claimed by working mothers who seek assistance from their parents, grandparents, parents-in-law, or grandparents-in-law to take care of their children.

This relief allows you to claim up to $3,000 in tax deductions.

5. Top up your CPF Special Account (SA)

If you want to reduce your taxable income while also preparing for your retirement, consider making voluntary top-ups to your CPF Special Account (SA).

Previously, the tax relief for CPF SA top-ups was capped at S$7,000 for yourself and another S$7,000 for your loved one.

However, the tax relief has been revised and now you can enjoy up to S$8,000 in tax relief for yourself and an additional S$8,000 for your family, bringing the total tax relief S$16,000.

Furthermore, your money in CPF SA also earns a competitive interest of 4% p.a.

6. Contribute to your Medisave account

You can enjoy tax relief by voluntarily contributing to your Medisave account, if you have not reached your Basic Healthcare Sum (BHS). These funds can be used to cover medical expenses and they also earn a competitive interest rate of 4% p.a.

7. Donate to approved institutions

Did you know that donations to Institutions of a Public Character (IPC) come with juicy 250% tax deduction? This means, if you donate $10,000, you can claim a tax deduction of 250% x $10,000 = $25,000, which will be deducted from your chargeable income.

Currently, there are 674 IPCs listed on the charities.gov.sg portal, for example, Art Retreat Limited, 365 Cancer Prevention Society, Climate Governance Singapore Limited, Causes for Animals, and many more.

Besides cash donations, other tax-deductible contributions include SGX-listed shares, units in unit trusts, artefacts (to National Heritage Board), sculptures or artworks (to National Heritage Board), land, and buildings.

8. Sign up for courses

By enrolling in an eligible course, not only can you enhance your skills and employability, but you can also benefit from course fee relief up to $5,500 annually. No doubt, this is a win-win situation!

The deadline to file your tax is on the 18th of April 2023, so remember to file your tax before that date.

If you are struggling or too busy with your business and work to file your NOA for 2023, don’t worry, Bizsquare has got your back!

Our team of experts is here to answer any queries you may have regarding your NOA filling process.

Contact us today to get the help you need and ensure that your NOA for 2023 is filed correctly and on time!

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