GST Returns: IRAS Releases New Changes to Late Submission Penalty

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will be taking a stricter stance on
GST (Goods and Services Tax) – registered businesses with regards to the late submission of GST returns.

With effect from 1 April 2018, a late submission penalty of S$200 will be imposed immediately if GST returns are not filed by the deadline. Subsequently, a penalty of S$200 will continue to be levied for every completed month that the GST F5/F8 return remains outstanding. The maximum penalty is S$10,000 for each outstanding F5/F8 return.

In general, IRAS will not waive penalties imposed unless under exceptional circumstances. According to IRAS, it may consider an appeal if the following three conditions are met:

  1. Submitted the outstanding GST F5/F8
  2. Paid the overdue tax in full; and
  3. Filed and paid on time for the past two years.

For further information, please refer to IRAS’ website.

Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore