Income is taxable when it accrues in or is derived from Singapore, whether or not the individual is resident in Singapore. Income derived from sources outside Singapore is only taxable if it is received in Singapore by a resident individual through a partnership in Singapore.
Resident individuals are entitled to certain personal allowances and are subject to graduated tax rates ranging from 0% to 22%. Non-resident individuals are not entitled to any personal allowances and are subject to tax at a flat rate of 22%. As a concession, employment income of non-residents is taxed at the higher of a flat rate of 15% or the graduated resident rates with personal allowances. This concession does not apply to non-resident directors.
Personal income tax rates
A resident individual's taxable income (after setoff of personal allowances) is subject to income tax at progressive rates. Current rates for the years of assessment 2018 and 2019 (income years 2017 and 2018) are shown below.
|Taxable income (SGD*)
||Years of assessment 2018 and 2019
|Over (column 1)
||Tax on column 1 (SGD)
||Percentage on excess (%)
* Singapore dollars
Non-resident individuals are taxed at a flat rate of 22%, except that Singapore employment income is taxed at a flat rate of 15% or at resident rates with personal reliefs, whichever yields a higher tax. A non-resident director’s remuneration does not qualify for the reduced rate, and withholding tax (WHT) at 22% must be deducted from remuneration paid to a non-resident director.
Local income taxes
There are no other taxes on income in Singapore.