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Understanding Singapore's Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Rate and Rebates for 2024

14 June 2024

Editor: ET


In Singapore, the Corporate Income Tax (CIT) rate is set at a flat 17% on chargeable income. This tax rate is applicable to both local and foreign companies operating within the country.

However, the Singapore government has introduced new measures to help businesses manage rising costs, particularly in the Year of Assessment (YA) 2024.


CIT Rebate and CIT Rebate Cash Grant for YA 2024

[UPDATED!] As part of Budget 2024, a CIT Rebate of 50% of the corporate tax payable will be granted to all taxpaying companies, regardless of their tax residency status. This initiative aims to alleviate financial burdens and support business growth amid economic challenges.


CIT Rebate Cash Grant

Companies that have employed at least one local employee in 2023, thereby meeting the "local employee condition," will receive a $2,000 cash payout, known as the CIT Rebate Cash Grant. This means that qualifying companies will receive a minimum benefit of $2,000, with the maximum total benefits (including both the CIT Rebate and the CIT Rebate Cash Grant) capped at $40,000.


For companies meeting the local employee condition and receiving the CIT Rebate Cash Grant of $2,000:

  • If the CIT Rebate is less than or equal to $2,000, no additional CIT Rebate will be provided.

  • If the CIT Rebate exceeds $2,000, the amount given will be the CIT Rebate (capped at $40,000) minus $2,000.


For companies not meeting the local employee condition and not receiving the CIT Rebate Cash Grant:

  • The CIT Rebate (capped at $40,000) will be given based on the calculated amount.


Eligibility and Automatic Processing

To be eligible for the CIT Rebate Cash Grant, a company must have made CPF contributions to at least one local (Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident) employee in the calendar year 2023. This excludes shareholders who are also directors of the company.


Eligible companies will automatically receive the CIT Rebate Cash Grant by the third quarter of 2024. The grant also extends to registered business trusts and variable capital companies that meet the local employee condition. Importantly, the CIT Rebate Cash Grant is non-taxable.


Application and Assessment

The CIT Rebate applies to income taxed at a concessionary tax rate but does not cover income subject to a final withholding tax. The rebate also extends to registered business trusts and variable capital companies.


When declaring your company’s chargeable income in its Corporate Income Tax Returns (such as Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) and Form C-S/Form C-S (Lite)/Form C), you should not include the CIT Rebate. The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will automatically compute and allow the CIT Rebate in the company’s YA 2024 tax assessment based on the submitted forms.


If your YA 2024 tax assessments have already been finalized, IRAS will issue amended notices of assessment by 31 August 2024 to account for these changes.


Insights from Expede.com.sg

Expede highlights the importance of understanding and leveraging tax rebates and grants to optimize financial management. By staying informed about such updates, companies can effectively plan their finances and maximize available benefits.


Ensuring compliance with the "local employee condition" not only secures financial incentives but also aligns with Singapore’s broader goals of supporting local employment.

Navigating Singapore’s corporate tax landscape can be complex, but understanding the CIT Rebate and CIT Rebate Cash Grant for YA 2024 is crucial for optimizing your company’s financial health.


By keeping abreast of these updates and meeting eligibility requirements, your business can benefit significantly from these financial relief measures.

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