Employer's Return in Singapore - Form IR8A

Employer's Return in Singapore - Form IR8A


The Employer's Return is a crucial component for businesses operating in Singapore, providing a comprehensive overview of the salaries, benefits, and other remuneration provided to employees throughout the financial year. This report serves as a key element in the taxation and compliance framework for businesses. Here's a closer look at the essential aspects of the Employer's Return in Singapore.

Types of Contributions to Report

The Employer's Return in Singapore encompasses various types of remuneration and benefits provided to employees, including:

  • Salary and Wages: Regular earnings paid to employees.
  • Bonuses and Incentives: Additional compensation based on performance or specific achievements.
  • Allowances: Monetary benefits provided to employees for specific purposes, such as housing, transportation, or education.
  • Benefits-in-Kind: Non-monetary benefits, including accommodation, vehicles, or other perks.
  • Employer Central Provident Fund (CPF) Contributions: The mandatory savings scheme for Singaporean and Permanent Resident employees.

Ensuring accurate reporting of all these components is essential for both compliance and the effective management of employee compensation.

Reporting Categories

Employers need to categorize and report various payment types accurately. This includes specific reporting requirements for:

  • Employment Income: For all employees, including foreign employees, local employees, and company directors.
  • Taxable Benefits: Benefits provided to employees that are subject to taxation.

Employers are required by law (S68(2) of the Income Tax Act) to prepare Form IR8A and Appendix 8A, Appendix 8B or Form IR8S (where applicable) for employees who are employed in Singapore by 1 Mar each year.

Deadline for Filing the Employer's Return

The reporting period for the Employer's Return in Singapore aligns with the financial year. Employers are typically required to complete and submit the return to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) by 1st March each year.

Timely and accurate submission is crucial to avoid penalties and ensure compliance with tax regulations.


The Employer's Return is a fundamental component of the taxation and compliance framework for businesses in Singapore. By accurately reporting salaries, benefits, and allowances, employers contribute to the efficient calculation of taxes and adherence to regulatory requirements.

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