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GST Vouchers, CDC & More - The Ultimate Government Payout Guide (2024)

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Government Payout 2024 / 2025: When & How Much Is the Next GST Payout?

If you conducted a general search for Goods and Services Tax (GST) Vouchers, you’d find a boatload of skeptical comments left by Singaporeans on social media.

Some of the more interesting comments we came across are:

  • “The more they give you, the more they take back”
  • “Give you chicken wing; take back the whole chicken.”

While some of these comments may indeed have some truth to them.

I decided to look at the GST Vouchers (GSTV) and the other benefits the Government gives as something positive.

Do you know the expression about a glass being half empty or half full?

The way I see it, it’s better than getting nothing right

Source: Know Your Meme

TL;DR: Government Payout 2024/2025 Guide- GST Vouchers, Assurance Package & More

The government has introduced various packages/schemes mainly to help lower to middle-income Singaporean households cope with the rising cost of living, as well as the GST hikes; from 7% to 8% on 1 Jan 2023 and 8% to 9% on 1 January 2024.

If you’re a little overwhelmed, here is a quick summary of government payouts will receive in the future:

Government Payout 2024 & 2025 Payout Dates

Click on the component to jump to the relevant sections:

When?Permanent GST Voucher (GSTV) Scheme & Assurance Package (AP) ComponentsHow Much Will You Get?Who Is Eligible?
Apr 2024U-Save Rebates$110 - $190Eligible Singaporean households with at least one Singaporean as the owner, occupier, or tenant of the HDB flat;
Household members cannot own more than one property
S&CC Rebates 0.5 to 1 month
Jun 2024CDC Vouchers$300Every Singaporean Household
Jul 2024U-Save Rebates$165 - $285Eligible Singaporean households with at least one Singaporean as the owner, occupier, or tenant of the HDB flat;
Household members cannot own more than one property
S&CC Rebates 0.5 to 1 month
Aug 2024Cash (GSTV)$450 - $850Singaporeans:
-Aged 21 and above in 2024
-Depends on Assessable Income & Property Ownership
-Residential address does not exceed an Annual Value of $25,000
CPF MediSave Top-Up (GSTV MediSave)$150 - $450Singapore Citizens aged 65 and above;
Residential address does not exceed an Annual Value of $25,000; and
Does not own more than one property.
Sep 2024Cash (B2024 COL Special Payment)$200 - $400Singaporeans:
-Aged 21 and above in 2024
-Depends on Annual Income & Property Ownership
Oct 2024U-Save Rebates$110 - $190Eligible Singaporean households with at least one Singaporean as the owner, occupier, or tenant of the HDB flat;
Household members cannot own more than one property
S&CC Rebates 0.5 to 1 month
Nov 2024NS LifeSG Credits$200All past and present NSmen
Dec 2024Cash (AP)$200 - $600Singaporeans:
-Aged 21 and above in 2024
-Depends on Annual Income & Property Ownership
CPF MediSave Bonus (Budget 2024 One-Time MediSave Bonus)$100 - $300Singaporeans born in 1974 – 2003
CPF MediSave Bonus (Majulah Package MediSave Bonus)$750 - $1,500Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier
CPF Retirement Account or Special Account Top-Up (Retirement Savings Bonus)$1,000 - $1,500Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier will receive the RSB if they meet the following criteria:

(i) CPF retirement savings below the 2023 Basic Retirement Sum (“BRS”) of $99,400 as at 31 December 2022;
(ii) Live in a residence with Annual Value (“AV”) of $25,000 and below as at 31 December 2023; and
(iii) Own not more than one property as at 31 December 2023.
YA 2024Personal Income Tax Rebate50% tax rebate up to $200All tax resident individuals
Jan 2025CDC Vouchers$300Every Singaporean Household
U-Save Rebates$165 - $285Eligible Singaporean households with at least one Singaporean as the owner, occupier, or tenant of the HDB flat

Household members cannot own more than one property
S&CC Rebates 0.5 to 1 month
Feb 2025

CPF MediSave Top-Up (AP MediSave)$150Singapore Citizens aged 20 years and below, or 55 years and above from 2023 to 2025
AP Seniors’ Bonus [Previously known as GSTV – Cash (Seniors’ Bonus)]$200 - $300Elderly Singaporeans aged ≥55;
Annual Assessable Income (AI) ≤$34,000;
Annual Value (AV) of home: ≤$25,000; and
Do not own more than one property
Mar 2025CPF Retirement Account or Special Account Top-Up (Earn and Save Bonus)$400 - $1,000Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier will receive the ESB if they meet the following criteria:

(i) Work and have an average monthly income of between $500 and $6,000;
(ii) Live in a residence with Annual Value (“AV”) of $25,000 and below; and
(iii) Own not more than one property.

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Disclaimer: This article has been corrected and updated with the latest information as of 21 May 2024.


Government Packages

Over the years, new packages or schemes have been introduced, while existing ones have been enhanced, especially during Singapore’s annual Budget.

You’ll most likely be familiar with terms such as the GST Voucher (GSTV) Scheme, Assurance Package (AP), and Cost-of-Living (COL) Package. More recently, you may have also come across the Majulah Package.

Instead of focusing on each package or scheme, which can be confusing due to various overlaps, I’ll focus on the components we receive. These will be divided into:

But for those of you who are interested in what each package or scheme is about:

GST Voucher (GSTV) Scheme: First introduced in Budget 2012 to help lower, and middle-income Singaporeans cope with GST.

Assurance Package (AP): Cushion the impact of the GST rate increase for all Singaporeans.

Cost-of-Living (COL) Package: Provide relief for all Singaporean households, with more support for lower- to middle-income families.

Majulah Package: Government initiative aimed at boosting the retirement and healthcare savings of Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier.


Government Cash Payouts 2024 / 2025

In 2024, you can expect three cash payouts. These will be given in August 2024 under the GST Voucher Cash Component, September 2024 under the Assurance Package B2024 COL Special Payment, and December 2024 under the Assurance Package Cash.

For February 2025, seniors can expect a cash bonus under the Assurance Package Senior’s Bonus, previously known as the GST Voucher Cash Seniors’ Bonus.

How to Receive Government Payouts?

Cash benefits from the GSTV Scheme and Assurance Package will be credited to your PayNow-NRIC-linked bank account. If you do not have a PayNow-NRIC-linked bank account, the benefits will be credited to the latest account you have provided. Do note that there are two separate websites to check:

Why the government can’t combine everything into one site is beyond me.

Otherwise, GovCash will replace cheques as the mode of payment for citizens who have not provided their bank accounts or linked their NRICs to PayNow.

Citizens on GovCash can withdraw their cash at OCBC ATMs islandwide by entering their Payment Reference Number (PRN), which will be sent to them by the end of August 2024 and NRIC, and after passing the facial verification.

They do not require an OCBC bank account to withdraw the payment at the OCBC ATMs. GovCash recipients can also use the LifeSG app to pay merchants by scanning their PayNow or NETS QR code or transfer payments to their bank accounts via PayNow if they subsequently register for PayNow-NRIC.

GST Voucher Cash 2024 /2025

First up, we have the GST Voucher – Cash component.

Enhanced GST Voucher 2024 Eligibility: Who is Eligible for GST Voucher?

Here are the updated criteria for the Enhanced GSTV – Cash payouts in 2024:

  • Must be a Singapore Citizen residing in Singapore;
  • Aged 21 or above in 2024;
  • Income earned in 2022 as assessed by IRAS (Assessable Income) for the Year of Assessment (YA) 2023 must not exceed $34,000;
  • Annual Value (AV) of home (as indicated on NRIC) must not exceed $25,000;
  • Does not own more than one property.

If you want to double check your GST Voucher eligibility, simply head over to the GST voucher site and log in to your Singpass.

What is the cash payout for GSTV? When is the next GST Voucher Payout 2024?

All eligible Singaporeans can receive $850 or $450 in GSTV Cash payouts from Aug 2024.

GST Voucher Cash 2024 Amount

Singaporeans Aged 21 Years and Above in Reference Year With AI of $34,000 and Below in YA2022 Owns 0 to 1 Property
AV of Property
AV ≤ $21,000 $21,000 < AV ≤ $25,000
GSTV – Cash 2024 $850 $450

Source: MOF 

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Assurance Package Cash 2024 /2025

For this component, all Singaporeans aged 21 years and older will be receiving additional cash payouts up to $650 over the remaining years of the AP, in December every year, with the amount determined by their assessable annual income and property ownership status in the table below.

This will bring the total AP Cash payments adult Singaporeans receive to between $700 and $2,250 over five years.

Adult Singaporeans aged 21 and above in 2024 received cash payouts in December 2023 under the AP Cash. Eligible adult Singaporeans would have also received a one-off AP Cash Special Payment. The total amount ranges from $200 to $800. About 2.9 million adult Singaporeans receives AP Cash annually.

Assurance Package: Cash Payouts Amount and Timeline

Singaporeans Aged 21 Years and Above in Reference Year
Disbursement Period
Owns 0 to 1 Property
Owns > 1 Property
Assessable Income (AI)*
AI ≤ $34,000 $34,000 <AI ≤ $100,000 AI > $100,000
2023 Dec 2022 $200 $150 $100 $100
2024 Dec 2023 $600
(+$200)
$350
(+$100)
$200 $200
2025 Dec 2024 $600
(+$200)
$350
(+$100)
$200 $200
2026 Dec 2025 $600
(+$200)
$350
(+$100)
$100 $100
2027 Dec 2026 $250
(+$50)
$150 $100 $100
Total $2,250
(+$650)
$1,400
(+$350)
$700 $700
Notes: The disbursement of AP Cash in December 2023 is based on your Assessable Income for Year of Assessment 2022 (income earned in 2021).

Source: MOF
Note: The assessment year (YA2022) for the AP cash payout will remain the same from 2022 to 2026.

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Assurance Package B2024 Cost-of-Living (COL) Special Payment

Second, we have the COL special payment recently announced in Budget 2024.

Assurance Package B2024 Cost-of-Living (COL) Special Payment Eligibility

To qualify, you need to be an eligible Singaporean:

  • who are aged 21 years and above in 2024,
  • residing in Singapore,
  • who do not own more than one property, and
  • with Assessable Income of up to $100,000

When and how much is the cash payout for COL special payment 2024?

Eligible Singaporeans will receive a one-off cash payment of between $200 and $400 in September 2024.

Singaporeans Aged 21 and Above in 2024, and Own No More than One PropertyAssessable Income
Up to $22,000More than $22,000 and up to $34,000More than $34,000 and up to $100,000
B2024 COL Special Payment$400$300$200

Source: MOF

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AP Seniors’ Bonus (Previously GST Voucher Cash Seniors’ Bonus) [Announced at Budget 2023]

In addition, the Government is giving cash payouts ranging from $600 to $900 for about 850,000 lower-income Singaporean seniors through the AP Seniors’ Bonus component.

This payout will be made over three years, from February 2023, 2024, and 2025, benefiting about 850,000 lower-income Singaporean seniors.

AP Senior’s Bonus Payout Amounts and Timeline

This bonus will be paid out over three years, with the next and final payout in February 2025.

Property Ownership Owns 0-1 property
Assessable Income (AI) AI≤$34,000
Age of Singaporeans in Payout Year 55 to 64 years 65 years and above 55 to 64 years 65 years and above
Annual Value (AV) of home Up to $13,000 More than $13,000 and up to $21,000
Feb 2023 $250 $300 $200
Annual Value (AV) of home Up to $21,000 More than $21,000 and up to $25,000
Feb 2024 $250 $300 $200
Feb 2025 $250 $300 $200
Total $750 $900 $600
Note: Individuals who own more than one property are not eligible for AP Seniors’ Bonus.

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Personal Income Tax Rebate YA2024

While not technically a cash payout, all tax resident individuals will get a personal income tax rebate of 50% of tax payable for the Year of Assessment 2024. The rebate will be capped at $200 per taxpayer.

This will be automatically granted to eligible taxpayers in their Notices of Assessment for the Year of Assessment 2024.

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CPF MediSave Top-Ups/Bonuses 2024 /2025

Upcoming MediSave top-ups/bonuses come in August 2024 under the GSTV – MediSave, December 2024 under the One-Time MediSave Bonus and Majulah Package and February 2025 under Assurance Package MediSave.

GST Voucher MediSave

The GSTV – MediSave component will benefit elderly Singaporeans aged 65 and above. Eligible Singaporeans would have received the payout in August each year.

GST Voucher – MediSave Eligibility

All elderly Singaporeans who met the following criteria would have received the GSTV – MediSave top-up:

  • Are aged 65 and above
  • Whose residential address is a property that does not exceed an AV of $25,000
  • Do not own more than one property.

GST Voucher – MediSave Amount

Age of Singaporean in 2024
(Payout Happening in Aug 2024)
Owns 0 to 1 Property
AV ≤ $13,000 $13,000 < AV ≤ $25,000
65 to 74$250$150
75 to 84$350$250
85 and above$450$350
Note: Individuals who own more than one property are not eligible for GSTV – MediSave

Source: MOF

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One-Time MediSave Bonus

As announced in Budget 2024, the government will provide a one-time MediSave Bonus in December 2024 to all adult Singaporeans between the ages 21 and 50 (born in 1974 – 2003).

One-Time MediSave Bonus Amount

Singaporeans born inOwn not more than 1 propertyOwn more than 1 property
AV of residence
Not more than $25,000More than $25,000
1974-1983$300$200
1984-2003$200$100

Source: MOF

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Majulah Package MediSave Bonus

Under the Majulah Package, all Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier will receive the MediSave Bonus (MSB).

The MSB will be tiered by their year of birth, the Annual Value of their residence, and whether they own more than one property as at 31 December 2023, and will be credited to their CPF MediSave Account in December 2024.

Majulah Package MediSave Bonus Amount

Singaporeans born inOwn not more than 1 propertyOwn more than 1 property
AV of residence
Not more than $25,000More than $25,000
1959 or earlier$750
1960-1973$1,500$750

Source: MOF

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Assurance Package MediSave

The Assurance Package MediSave is a MediSave top-up of $150 annually from 2023 to 2025 for Singapore Citizens aged 20 years and below or 55 years old and above.

Top-ups will be credited in February from 2023 to 2025.

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CPF Special Account or Retirement Account Top-Ups/Bonuses 2024 /2025

There are two upcoming CPF Special Account (SA) and/or Retirement Account (RA) top-ups. The first is in December 2024 under the Retirement Savings Bonus, while the second is in March 2025 under the Earn and Save Bonus.

CPF Retirement Account or Special Account Top-Up (Majulah Package Retirement Savings Bonus)

As announced in Budget 2024 under the Majulah Package, eligible Singaporeans will receive $1,000 or $1,500 in their RA or SA in December 2024.

Majulah Package Retirement Savings Bonus (RSB) Eligibility

Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier will receive the RSB if they meet the following criteria:

(i) CPF retirement savings below the 2023 Basic Retirement Sum (BRS) of $99,400 as at 31 December 2022;
(ii) Live in a residence with Annual Value (AV) of $25,000 and below as at 31 December 2023; and
(iii) Own not more than one property as at 31 December 2023.

Majulah Package Retirement Savings Bonus Amount

CPF retirement savingsBonus
Less than $60,000$1,500
At least $60,000 but less than $99,400 (2023 BRS)$1,000
Notes:
Based on the sum of the RA and CPF LIFE balances, or the sum of Ordinary Account and SA balances if RA has not yet been created.

Paid to the RA, or the SA if the RA has not been created.

Source: MOF

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CPF Retirement Account or Special Account Top-Up (Majulah Package Earn and Save Bonus)

In addition, there is an Earn and Save Bonus to be disbursed in March 2025.

Majulah Package Earn and Save Bonus (ESB) Eligibility

Singaporeans born in 1973 or earlier will receive the ESB if they meet the following criteria:

  • (i) Work and have an average monthly income of between $500 and $6,000;
  • (ii) Live in a residence with Annual Value (AV) of $25,000 and below; and
  • (iii) Own not more than one property.

Eligibility for the ESB will be assessed annually, based on income from the preceding Year of Assessment (employment and trade income) as well as AV and property ownership in the preceding year.

Majulah Package Earn and Save Bonus Amount

Average Monthly IncomeAnnual Bonus
$500 to $2,500$1,000
Above $2,500 to $3,500$700
Above $3,500 to $6,000$400
Notes:

- Refers to the average monthly income based on the number of months worked in the year.

- Persons with disabilities, workers who qualify for ComCare Short-to-Medium Term Assistance and caregivers of care recipients (generally include caregivers residing with care recipients who are medically certified to have permanent moderate to severe disabilities) will qualify for concessionary ESB of $400/year, even if they earn less than $500/month.

- Paid to the CPF RA, or the SA if the RA has not been created.

Source: MOF

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U-Save Rebates 2024 /2025 (Utilities Rebate)

Next up, we have U-Save Rebates that comprise the GSTV – U-Save component, Assurance Package U-Save, and a one-off B2024 COL U-Save. 

These rebates are meant to help offset your costly utility bills (look at SP group) and will benefit the 950,000 Singaporean households that stay in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats.

U-Save Eligibility

But, these Singaporean households need to meet the following criteria:

  • If the flat is partially rented out or not rented out, there must be at least one Singaporean owner or occupier in the household to be eligible for U-Save. If the entire HDB flat is rented out, there must be at least one Singaporean tenant.
  • Household members cannot own more than one property.

If your U-Save rebate is higher than your actual monthly utility bill, the unused portion will be rolled over to next month’s bill.

By the way, you don’t have to do anything or register for this payout.

U-Save Rebates in FY2024

You’ll automatically receive the U-Save rebates on your utility bills if you qualify:

HDB Flat Type
and Disbursement Month
 1- and 2-room3-room4-room5-roomExecutive /
Multi-generation
Apr 2024GSTV – U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
B2024 COL U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
Jul 2024GSTV – U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
AP U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
B2024 COL U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
Oct 2024GSTV – U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
B2024 COL U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
Jan 2025GSTV – U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
AP U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
B2024 COL U-Save$95$85$75$65$55
Total$950$850$750$650$550

Source: MOF

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Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC) Rebate 2024 /2025

The S&CC rebate has become a permanent fixture of the GSTV scheme from FY2022.

This component benefits about 950,000 eligible Singaporean households that stay in Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats yearly.

In Budget 2024, an additional one-off B2024 COL S&CC Rebate was announced to offset 0.5 months of S&CC in January 2025.

In total, households will receive up to 4 months of S&CC rebates in FY2024.

GSTV S&CC Rebates Eligibility

But, these Singaporean households need to meet the following criteria:

  • Households must have at least one Singaporean as the owner, occupier, or tenant of the HDB flat
  • Households with a member owning or having any interest in a private property or having rented out the entire flat are not eligible for the S&CC rebate.

GSTV S&CC Rebates Amount and Timeline

HDB Flat TypeNo. of Months of S&CC Rebate in FY2024
April 2024July 2024October 2024January 2025Total for FY2024
1- and 2-room1110.5 + 0.54
3- and 4-room10.50.50.5 + 0.53
5-room0.50.50.50.5 + 0.52.5
Executive /
Multi-Generation
0.50.50.5+ 0.52.0
Notes:
- Number of months of S&CC Rebate in January 2025 includes the B2024 COL S&CC Rebate.

- Households with a member owning or having any interest in a private property, or have rented out the entire flat, are not eligible for the S&CC Rebate.

Source: MOF

Understanding Service and Conservancy Charges (S&CC)

If you’re looking at the number of months of S&CC rebates, you’re eligible for and are going, “Chey… 4 months only. Like nothing really much, leh…”

WRONG.

Let’s say you live in a 4-room flat in Toa Payoh-Bishan, and your reduced S&CC charges is about ~$860 ($71.60X12) a year.

With the rebates, you would save $214.80 ($71.60 x 3) a year!

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CDC Vouchers 2024 /2025

Under the Assurance Package, the government has announced an additional $600 worth of CDC Vouchers in Budget 2024! The CDC Vouchers will be disbursed in two tranches of $300 each in end-Jun 2024 and Jan 2025.

This is on top of the $500 worth of CDC Vouchers that can be claimed by all Singaporean households from 3 Jan 2024. In total, all Singaporean households will receive $800 worth of CDC Vouchers in 2024.

  • Of the $800 Vouchers that all Singaporean households will receive in 2024, half can be used at participating supermarkets such as HAO Mart, NTUC FairPrice, Prime Supermarket, Sheng Siong, Giant Singapore, Cold Storage, Ang Mo Supermarket and U-Stars Supermarket
  • The other half can be spent at participating hawkers and heartland merchants

CDC Voucher Expiry, How to Redeem CDC Voucher, Where to Use CDC Voucher & How to Use CDC Voucher

Click on our ultimate guide to CDC vouchers to find out all you need to know:

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NS LifeSG Credits

Last but not least, Budget 2024 revealed that all past and present national servicemen, including those enlisting by 31 December 2024, will receive $200 in LifeSG credits!

The NS LifeSG Credits will be disbursed to eligible national servicemen in November 2024, and are valid for one year from the date of issue. Eligible national servicemen will be notified via an SMS.

The NS LifeSG Credits are accessible via the LifeSG mobile application, which can be downloaded on smartphones and other digital devices. The credits can be spent at over 100,000 online or physical merchants accepting payments via PayNow UEN QR or NETS QR. More details will be provided at a later date.

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