Singaporean SEPs can apply for SIRS. The criteria is as follows:
For married Singaporean SEPs, the following additional criteria apply:
SEPs who have marginally missed ONE of the eligibility criteria AND are facing difficult circumstances can also submit an application to NTUC for consideration.
Application processing time is 30 days. Payouts will be progressively made upon the approval of your application.
Note: SEPs who are in the SIRS auto-inclusion list would have received notifications from the Government already.
If you were not auto-included, then please submit an application.
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The Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) was first announced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat as part of the Resilience Budget on 26 March 2020. It was later enhanced, under the Solidarity Budget announced by DPM Heng on 6 April 2020 to broaden support for SEPs affected by COVID-19 and to tide them through this period of economic uncertainty. About 100,000 SEPs are expected to automatically benefit from SIRS.
The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) is a national confederation of trade unions as well as a network of professional associations and partners across all sectors in Singapore. NTUC's objectives are to help Singapore stay competitive and workers remain employable for life; to enhance the social status and well-being of our members and working people; and to build a strong, responsible and caring labour movement.
NTUC's vision is to be an inclusive labour movement for all collars, ages and nationalities. NTUC is at the heart of the Labour Movement, which comprises 59 affiliated unions, five affiliated associations, 12 social enterprises, six related organisations as well as a growing ecosystem of U Associates and enterprise partners.For more details on NTUC, please visit our website at www.ntuc.org.sg.
The NTUC Freelancers and Self-Employed (FSE) unit is the Labour Movement's initiative to represent the growing pool of FSE workers in Singapore. U FSE works to strengthen FSE's income security, skills mastery and collective interests. You can contact FSE at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.ufse.org.sg.
You can submit an application to us if:
To re-submit, just re-submit another application to us. Application processing time will be approximately one month.
Income earned from work as an SEP should be declared as Trade Income. Income that you earned from work as an employee (with employers’ CPF contributions) or as Directors’ fees should be declared as Employment Income.
In processing applications and reviewing feedback from SEPs, we noticed that some SEPs when filing their tax returns, declared the income that they have earned as an SEP under the “Employment” income, when in fact, this should have been declared as “Trade” income. If this is the case, it could be one of the reasons why you have not been auto-included (for those 37 and above as at 31st December 2020) or has resulted in a rejection from NTUC (if you have applied to us). You can re-submit an application to us.
As we want to help as many SEPs as possible, we have worked out a solution with government for you to re-classify your income into the correct category for the purposes of your SIRS application.
If you answer No to this question in the revised form and the questions that follow in the form, it will confirm to us that you wish to reclassify your income.
If you do this, we will have to take a number of additional steps which will extend the processing time by another 3 to 4 weeks.
Please note that making changes to your income declaration has implications. Your present and past years’ CPF obligations may be reassessed arising from your declaration. If necessary, CPF Board will follow up with you directly.
Please note that your income declaration may also be passed on to IRAS for their further action.
You MUST have the following ready:
Valid SingPass login ID and password
Bank Account No
Annual Value of your Residential Address if you do not live in a HDB. Click here to check
(For income documents for Jan - Mar 2020, please combine them into one file not exceeding 1MB)
WHEN DID YOU BECOME AN SEP?
|If you became a SEP before 1 Jan 2020|
|Annual Net Trade Income||SEP Income Documents|
|Less Than $6,000||
Copy of acknowledgement after submitting IRAS Form 144 for Work Year 2018 and Work Year 2019
Proof of income as SEP from Jan - Mar 2020
|$6,000 and above||
Copy of your IRAS Notice of Assessment (NOA) / Consolidated Statement Form B for Work Year 2018 and Work Year 2019
|If you became a SEP Between 1 Jan & 25 Mar 2020|
|Proof of income as an SEP from Jan - Mar 2020
Samples of contracts for service, tax invoices billed to service buyers or receipts issued for services
If you also have employment (i.e. dual status worker), please include proof of employment income eg. Payslips, IRAS NOA or IRAS Consolidated Statement Form B which reflects employment income as a separate line item. Samples will suffice.
|OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS|
Spousal Income Documents (where applicable)
|Other supporting documents to show financial hardship (if any)
With effect from 1 June 2020, official tenancy agreements/rental contracts that shows your name, monthly rental, period of tenancy and address (which must correspond with the registered address that appears in the form) can be submitted.
Eligible SEPs will receive three quarterly cash payouts of $3,000 each from end-May, July, and October 2020. You will be notified by SMS when the payout is made to your bank account.
Q: I was late to applying for SIRS, will I miss the payout in May?
A: Not to worry, whilst bulk of the payout will be made in the months of May/Jul/Oct, you will receive all three payouts as long as you meet all eligibility criteria. Payments will progressively be made depending on when you submit your application.
Q: I do not meet the criteria now. If my circumstances change later and I meet the criteria in future, can I still apply?
A: Yes, you can still apply. However, depending on when your circumstances change, you may not be entitled to all three payouts
Q : I received my notification letter. However, the payout amount stated is less than what I expected. Why?
A: In the event that you do not meet all the eligibility criteria but face valid and extenuating circumstances, your application may still be approved for SIRS. However, the payout may be moderated accordingly.
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