My Sweet Retirement Starts Planning for Tax Relief

Last year, I opened my Supplementary Retirement Scheme (SRS) account with OCBC for the purpose of tax relief. At that point in time, I am not aware that we are able to withdraw our money above the full retirement sum from our Central Provident Fund (CPF) when we are 55 years old. I only get to know about it after I recently attended InvestX Congress by the Fifth Person. In the upcoming months, I shall be doing voluntary contributions to my CPF special account instead of my SRS account to enjoy tax reliefs and also higher interest rates.

At the recent InvestXCongress, the masked speaker AK shared about how to maximize your monies in your Central Provident Fund account. Here are the tips he shared:

  1. Transfer your savings in the Ordinary account to Special account to earn higher interests.
  2. Max out your savings in the Medisave account. The current maximum allowed in the Medisave account is S$52,000. The interest earned will pay for your insurance. You are getting free insurance coverage in this case.
  3. We can withdraw monies above the full retirement sum from our Central Provident Fund account when we reach the age of 55.

Special Account – The Power of Compounding

A picture speaks a thousand words. S$10,000 with 4% interest becomes S$21,911 in 20 years time.

 

CPF Ready Get Set Grow

The CPF board has launch a new game. I have tried the game and as it is fun and educational. Thus, I will like to share with all of you. You can download this educational game from the app store.

The Ready Get Set Grow game has 4 levels. For each level that you play, watch out for tips and education on growing your retirement savings.

For example, when I played level 1, the slogan says “Get ready to build a foundation for the future”.

I like the phrase “Grow with the power of compound interest!”

The game is simple, you control the character and jump to collect gold coins, hearts or gold bars.

CPF Salary Ceiling will be raised to 6K

CPF LogoThis is old news but I believe it has slipped through the minds of many.

In the Budget 2015 Speech, Mr Tharman announced that the CPF (Central Provident Fund) salary ceiling will be raised from the current S$5,000 to S$6,000 with effect from 1st January 2016.

Time flies and we are already in December, the last month of 2015.

How Will This Impact You?

The current employee contribution is 20% and employer contribution is 17%.

If you are earning S$5,000 or less, the increase of CPF salary ceiling will have no impact on you. However, if you are earning more than S$5,000, basically you will be taking home less cash but more contribution into your CPF account starting from 1st January 2016.

For example

In 2015, if you are earning a monthly salary of S$6,000, you take home $5,000 (80% of S$5,000 + S$1,000 above CPF salary ceiling).

In 2016, if you are earning a monthly salary of S$6,000, you take home S$4,800 (80% of S$6,000 + any excess above CPF salary ceiling).

How Will This Impact the Employer?

In 2015, if you are earning a monthly salary of S$6,000, your employer has to contribute S$850.

In 2016, if you are earning a monthly salary of S$6,000, your employer has to contribute S$1,020.