National Servicemen (NSmen) form the backbone of Singapore’s defence forces. Their service ensures that Singaporeans always feel secure. It, therefore, becomes important to recognise their contribution to society as well as the role their wives and parents play in supporting them.
This recognition is provided via NSman Relief for self, wife, and parent.
All NSmen who are operationally ready are eligible for this tax relief. The relief is based on the national service contributed from 1 April to 31 March of the previous year.
To receive the relief, you need to fulfil either one of the following criteria:
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The relief amount is dependent on:
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Ex-NSmen or NS-liable ex-regular servicemen who are 40 years and above and senior military experts and officers aged 50 years and above will receive the base amount (S$1,500).
No claim needs to be made for this relief. IRAS automatically gives you this relief based on whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria. This eligibility is based on the records sent to IRAS by SPF, SCDF, and MINDEF.
If your son is also an NSman, you will either receive relief as a parent or from NSman Self Relief. In such cases, IRAS will give you the higher amount as tax relief.
You could also receive NSman Wife Relief if you are the widow of a deceased NSman. This relief, however, will cease to apply once you remarry.
NSman Wife Relief amount is S$750.
As with NSman Self Relief, you don’t need to make a claim since IRAS will give you the relief amount directly.
If you find that despite being eligible your tax bill doesn’t reflect the amount, send these documents or details (as the case may be) to IRAS via email:
If you have received the relief but there was a marital status change during the year of assessment, the following needs to be sent to IRAS via email:
In the unfortunate circumstance of your son’s death, you will still receive this relief.
As mentioned earlier, if your son is also an NSman, you will only receive one relief amount. This will be either the NSman Parent Relief or the NSman Self Relief. In this case too, the higher amount will be provided as relief.
Each parent receives S$750 irrespective of how many of their children are NSmen.
IRAS gives you the relief based on whether or not you fulfil the eligibility requirements.
In such cases, you need to send these details to IRAS via email:
The NSman Relief is just a small way by which Singapore thanks its citizens for the work they do. Whether it is as servicemen or their wives and parents who extend their support.