The tax season is near! As a Human Resource (HR) personnel or employer, you may be working on getting your employees’ numbers, papers and forms right – all in order to submit IR8A by 1 March 2023.
Generate and upload a Form IR8A .txt file electronically via the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS)
AIS automatically incorporates the data in the employee’s income tax assessment, making it easier for companies to file IR8A information electronically. You can use this IRAS Service or your Talenox Payroll module to see if your company is registered for AIS.
Do note that this scheme is compulsory for companies with 6 or more employees.
Setting up your IRAS may take some time at first, but it will definitely save you time in the long run compared to filling a hardcopy. Also, employee information will update automatically each year under the AIS, eliminating the need to submit it manually.
If you choose to submit your IR8A forms manually, do note that this option is available until December 2022 only. That said, you can download the Offline Application here. Then, provide IR8A and its supporting forms to your employees before March 1 so they can submit their forms themselves. We generally do not recommend this manual process and it places undue responsibility on employees and introduces a lot of room for human error.
Before you start printing out paper forms, consider a simpler submission alternative: direct filing to IRAS in one click.
Directly submit Form IR8A (auto-generated by your payroll software) to IRAS in one click
Double-check that your payroll software supports IR8A before you begin.
While the Auto-Inclusion Scheme (AIS) for Employment Income allows Singapore employers to file the IR8A information electronically, there are IRAS-supporting payroll software vendors that help companies submit IR8A directly to IRAS.
Consider payroll software vendors that IRAS has assigned in the Grade-A compliance category, like Talenox. Their payroll system helps thousands of businesses objectively comply with IRAS’s full list of recommended controls when filing Form IR8A.
Talenox automatically includes the submitted information in the employees’ income tax assessment. This means you won’t have to generate a .txt file and upload it to IRAS. This helps simplify the IR8A filing process for both employer and employee by eliminating additional steps that comes with a manual IR8A filing process.
How can Talenox help?
Here is a short introductory video on how Talenox simplifies the IR8A filing process for thousands of local companies using Talenox:
Can I trust the Talenox features to ensure my Form IR8A submission to IRAS is accurate?
Yes! It’s worth noting that since 2018, IRAS has consistently awarded Talenox a grade ‘A’ in software compliance for filing:
- Form IR8A
- Appendix 8A
- Appendix 8B and
- Form IR8S
In fact, thanks to an integration we initiated with IRAS in 2017, Talenox users are able to file IR8A forms directly to IRAS from 2018 ’til now.
Do I need to pay for a Talenox subscription to access its IR8A filing feature?
Not at all! Our IR8A direct submission feature is open to all our users, including the ones on our free plan. All you need is a Talenox account, which you can easily sign up for here.
If you previously signed up for Talenox but left your account dormant for a while, you can still log in again to submit IR8A forms. You can also reset your password by clicking on “Forgot password?” at the login page.
I have my Talenox account. How do I start filing?
Before you start filing, know that your company must already be registered under the Auto Inclusion Scheme (AIS). If you are not registered for AIS, you can still use Talenox to fill in the forms; once done, you can just print the forms to mail to IRAS.
In regards to electronic IR8A filing, you’ll have to wait until next year; that’s because the deadline for AIS registration has closed. Registration for YA 2023 will begin from 1 April 2022 to 31 December 2022.
Once you’ve registered with AIS, here’s a visual how-to guide showing you the steps to filling in the IR8A form and submitting it directly to IRAS:
Feel free to also check out our step-by-step article guide on how Talenox users can Submit IR8A directly to IRAS from Talenox (2023).
Is there someone who can guide me with my IR8A filing?
Yes, you can chat with a Talenox team member! Simply click on the blue chat button on the bottom-right of your screen when you’re logged in to Talenox.
Remember, filing IR8A forms doesn’t have to be this complicated, tedious process of downloading and uploading different file formats on various sites. Just sign up for a free Talenox account, fill in and check the necessary data, then hit the “Submit AIS to IRAS” button. If you’d like to find out more about it, head over to our IRAS signup page, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Editor’s note: This article was published in Jan 2019 and updated in Oct 2022.