SRS – What is it and who’s it for? 

The Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) was established by the Singapore government as an initiative to help the greying population save more for their retirement.  

It is a voluntary scheme and unlike the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, the SRS is not only open to Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents but to Foreigners as well.    

It can serve as an additional retirement planning tool to save more for retirement and at the same time enjoy the following:   

  • Tax relief   

  • The capacity to choose where you’d like to invest your SRS contributions   

  • Potential 50% tax reduction on withdrawals

Tax relief   

All contributions to your SRS account get dollar-for-dollar tax relief. The annual contribution cap is currently: 

SRS contributions must be made by 31 December each year in order to qualify for SRS tax relief in the following Year of Assessment. It is recommended that you check with your SRS bank operator (DBS/POSB, OCBC or UOB) about the cut-off date for monthly SRS contributions. 

Investing your SRS contributions through SRS approved funds  

Optimise your SRS contributions by investing them in SRS approved funds. Investment funds present an attractive option for retirement planning or any other future financial goals you may have and offer the potential for greater returns and a certain level of security. Moreover, any investment returns obtained in your SRS remain tax-free until you decide to make a withdrawal. This enables you to capitalise on the power of compounding interest by reinvesting your returns.

Withdrawing your SRS funds  

SRS serves as a long-term investment scheme with certain withdrawal considerations:

  • When you start to withdraw funds after reaching the Statutory Retirement Age (currently 63), only 50% of the withdrawn amount will be subject to taxation. Please be aware that the taxable portion of your withdrawal will be added to your overall taxable income and taxed according to the prevailing rates.

  • You have a period of up to 10 years from the date of your first withdrawal to complete your withdrawals.

  • For foreign SRS account holders, a one-time full withdrawal is possible if the account has been maintained for at least 10 years from the date of the initial contribution. In this case, only 50% of the lump sum will be subject to taxation at prevailing rates.

Plan for your retirement and future financial goals with the flexibility and tax advantages that SRS offers.

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