1.6 Million Singaporeans to Receive Details on GST Voucher & Budget Benefits in July 2015

GST Voucher 3 Jul 2012

1.6 million Singaporeans will receive letters from the first week of July informing them of their 2015 GST Voucher (GSTV) benefits, as well as other Budget benefits such as the 5-Year Medisave top-up and the Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) rebates.

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  1. Individual benefits
    1. GSTV – Cash (1.3 million Singaporeans)
    2. One-off GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus (660,000 older Singaporeans)
    3. GSTV – Medisave (400,000 Singaporeans)
    4. Additional Medisave top-ups on top of the GSTV Scheme
  2. Household benefits
    1. GSTV – U-Save (800,000 households)
    2. One-off Service & Conservancy Charges (S&CC) rebate (800,000 households)
  3. What this means for you
  4. Additional Information
  5. Benefit Details
    1. Table A1: Increased GSTV – Cash payouts from 2015
    2. Table A2: Additional GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus for 2015
    3. Table A3: GSTV – Medisave
    4. Table A4: Pioneer Generation Medisave top-up
    5. Table A5: 5-Year Medisave top-up (from 2014 to 2018)
    6. Table A6: GSTV – U-Save
    7. Table A7: S&CC rebate for 2015

Individual benefits

GSTV – Cash (1.3 million Singaporeans)

In Budget 2015, the Government announced a permanent increase of $50 in the annual GST Voucher – Cash quantum to help lower-income households with their cost of living.

Eligible Singaporeans will receive up to $300 in GST Voucher – Cash in 2015. (This excludes the GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus.) About 1.3 million Singaporeans will receive the GSTV – Cash on 1 August 2015.

One-off GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus (660,000 older Singaporeans)

In addition, a GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus will be provided to the many older Singaporeans to help them with their daily expenses. This comes on top of the GSTV – Cash, and will benefit more than 660,000 older Singaporeans.

  • Eligible seniors aged 55 – 64 years can receive up to $300 GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus
  • Eligible seniors aged 65 years and above can receive up to $600 GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus

Including the GSTV – Cash component, this means that eligible older seniors aged 65 years and above[1] will receive a total of $900 in cash in 2015, which will be disbursed in two tranches: $600 in August 2015 and $300 in November 2015. This will be helpful to these older seniors.

The GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus is being provided for 2015. In the meantime, the details and implementation are being worked out for the permanent Silver Support scheme, which will begin next year.

GSTV – Medisave (400,000 Singaporeans)

About 400,000 Singaporeans aged 65 years and above will also receive the GSTV -Medisave of up to $450 on 1 August 2015.

Additional Medisave top-ups on top of the GSTV Scheme

In addition to the GSTV – Medisave, most seniors can receive additional Medisave top-ups:

  • Pioneer Generation Medisave Top-Up. For Pioneers, the amount of Pioneer Generation Medisave top-up ranges from $200 to $800 annually. The examples below illustrate the total Medisave top-up that our Pioneers could receive.
  • 5-Year Medisave Top-Up Scheme. Singaporeans born on or before 31 Dec 1959 (i.e. aged 56 years and above in 2015), who do not enjoy Pioneer Generation benefits, will receive Medisave top-ups of $100 or $200 annually from 2014 to 2018, as announced in Budget 2014. This will benefit about 528,000 Singaporeans. The vast majority (i.e. those living in HDB flats who do not own more than one property) will get the higher top-up of $200 a year.

Household benefits

GSTV – U-Save (800,000 households)

The regular GST Voucher – U-Save is given out quarterly to help offset utilities directly, and costs $180 million annually.

This July, over 800,000 eligible households will each receive up to $65, depending on their HDB flat type.

One-off Service & Conservancy Charges (S&CC) rebate (800,000 households)

The S&CC rebate is given out in April, July, and October this year, and costs $80 million in 2015.

This July, around 800,000 eligible households will receive the S&CC rebate which will offset half a month to one month of charges, depending on their HDB flat type.

What this means for you

For example, a retiree Pioneer who is 76 years old this year and lives in an HDB flat (and does not own a second property) will receive the benefits below in 2015.

A Pioneer couple in the same situation will get $1,800 in cash, and $1,900 in Medisave top-ups.

Individual
$900 in cash per person($300 GSTV – Cash and $600 GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus)
$950 in Medisave top-ups($350 GSTV – Medisave and $600 Pioneer Generation Medisave)
Household
$180-260 of GSTV – U-Save rebate
1-3 months of S&CC rebate

Meanwhile, a lower-income couple in their early 60s living in an HDB flat (and do not own a second property) will hence get $1,200 in cash, and $400 in Medisave top-ups in 2015:

Individual
$1,200 in cash($600 per person[2])
$400 in Medisave top-ups($200 per person)
Household
$180-260 of GSTV – U-Save rebate
1-3 months of S&CC rebate

A working couple in their 40s, with both the husband and wife each having a monthly salary of $2,000, living in a HDB flat (and do not own a second property), can receive a total of $600 in cash in 2015:

Individual
$600 in cash($300 GSTV – Cash per person)
Household
$180-260 of GSTV – U-Save rebate
1-3 months of S&CC rebate

Additional Information

Most Singaporeans will automatically receive their GSTV payouts and 5-Year Medisave top-ups. For the small number of citizens who have not signed up for past Government payouts and/or are not CPF members, the letters they receive will inform them of the actions they need to take by 31 December 2015 to receive their benefits.

More details on the GST Voucher can be found at www.gstvoucher.gov.sg, and information on the other Budget benefits can be found at www.singaporebudget.gov.sg.

If you require more information, the contact details are as follows:

SchemeContact no.Email
GSTV – Cash / Seniors’ Bonus / Medisave1800-2222-888contactus[at]gstvoucher.gov.sg
5-Year Medisave Top-Upcontactus[at]govtopup.gov.sg
GSTV – U-Save6671-7117spservices[at]singaporepower.com.sg
S&CC1800-866-3078sccrebates[at]mailbox.hdb.gov.sg

Benefit Details

Table A1: Increased GSTV – Cash payouts from 2015

Assessable Income for YA
2014 < $26,000
AV of Home as at 31 Dec 2014
Up to $13,000$13,001 to $21,000
Aged 21 years and above$300 (previously $250)$150 (previously $100)

Payout month: August 2015

Table A2: Additional GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus for 2015

Assessable Income for YA
2014 < $26,000
Annual Value of Home as at 31 Dec 2014
Up to $13,000$13,001 to $21,000
Aged 55 to 64 years$300*$150*
Aged 65 years and above$600#

*Payout month: August 2015
#Payout months: $300 in August and $300 in November 2015

Table A3: GSTV – Medisave

Age in 2015Annual Value of Home as at 31 Dec 2014
Up to $13,000$13,001 to $21,000
65 – 74$250$150
75 – 84$350$250
85 and above$450$350

Payout month: August 2015

Table A4: Pioneer Generation Medisave top-up

Born inAge in 2015Amount of Medisave top-up
per year
1945 – 194966 – 70$200
1940 – 194471 – 75$400
1935 -193976 – 80$600
1934 or earlier>= 81$800

Payout month: July 2015

Table A5: 5-Year Medisave top-up (from 2014 to 2018)

Annual Value of Home as at 31 Dec 2014Up to $13,000Above $13,000 or owns more than 1 property
Singapore Citizens born
in 1959 and earlier who do not enjoy Pioneer Generation benefits
$200/year$100/year

Payout month: August 2015

Table A6: GSTV – U-Save

Flat TypeJul 2015Oct 2015Jan 2016Apr 2016Total
rebates each year
1- and 2- Room$65$65$65$65$260
3-Room$60$60$60$60$240
4-Room$55$55$55$55$220
5-Room$50$50$50$50$200
Executive /
Multi-Generation
$45$45$45$45$180

Table A7: S&CC rebate for 2015

Flat Type2015 S&CC Rebate (no. of months)
AprJulOctTotal for 2015
1- to 2-room1113
3- to 4-room10.50.52
5-room0.50.50.51.5
Executive0.50.51

[1] Living in homes with annual values up to $13,000 (i.e. mostly HDB flats).

[2] $300 GSTV – Cash and $300 GSTV – Seniors’ Bonus.

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