Key takeaways

Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) rate will increase from 8% to 9% from 1 January 2024.


What is GST?

GST is a consumption tax that is levied on the supply of goods and services in Singapore and the import of goods into Singapore (collected by Singapore Customs). In other countries, GST is known as the Value-Added Tax or VAT.


About Singapore’s GST rate change

In the Singapore Budget 2022, the Minister for Finance announced that the GST rate will be increased from:

(i) 7% to 8% with effect from 1 January 2023; and

(ii) 8% to 9% with effect from 1 January 2024.

For more information, please refer to IRAS’ website here.


How will the GST rate change affect you as a customer?

GST exemptions apply to the provision of certain financial services. As a general rule, purchases of goods and services from GST-registered businesses before 1 January 2024 will be subject to GST at 8%, and purchases on or after 1 January 2024 will be subject to GST at 9%.  There are scenarios where special GST rules will apply for events that straddle 1 January 2024. 

Please refer to IRAS' website here for such scenarios.

Impact on banking services and products:

As prevailing practice, fees and services relating to products that are not subject to GST are not impacted by the rate change.

Examples of fees and services not subject to GST include:

  • Fees incurred for the operations of current, deposit or savings account
  • Remittance and money transfers – issuance of bank drafts, cheques, money order, direct debits, GIRO/ Standing instructions, transfers between accounts
  • Interest on loans and advances including overdrafts, mortgage loans, trust receipts, foreign currency loans
  • Interest earned on deposits

Examples of fees and services subject to GST include:

  • Arranging, broking, underwriting, custody and advisory services
  • Credit cards – annual fees, chargeback fees, air miles conversion admin fee and statement retrieval fees
  • CPF Investment Account – transaction fees, service charges
  • Fees charged to cash card holder for each cash card statement printout
  • Safe Deposit Box rental
  • Unit Trust commission/ management fees
  • Trustee – custodian/ management fee
  • Commission, brokerage and other service fees relating to the Derivatives Clearing and Execution Account

(Kindly note that the above list is not exhaustive.)





As announced by the Finance Minister in the 2022 Budget, the GST rate will increase from 7% to 9% over the following periods:

  • 1 July 2007 to 31 December 2022: 7%
  • 1 January 2023 to 31 December 2023: 8%
  • 1 January 2024 onwards: 9%

For existing fees and services that are currently charged with GST, the GST rate will increase according to the announced implementation dates.

There are no changes to existing fees and services that are not subject to GST.

Current and Savings Account

Charges for the operation of Current Accounts and Savings Accounts are GST exempted. No GST is charged on these services. There will also be no GST levied on interest earned on deposits.


Payment of principal loan amount and interest (monthly instalment) are not subject to GST.

Application fee and audit confirmation of customer's loan accounts are subject to GST.

Stamp duty is not subject to GST.

Credit cards

Annual fees, chargeback fees, air miles conversion administrative fees and statement retrieval fees will be subject to GST.

No GST will be levied if your credit card fee is waived.

Late payment and finance charges (monthly interest) are exempt from GST.

No, they are exempt from GST.


Interbank GIRO/ FAST / Telegraphic Transfer are exempted from GST.

Duplicate statement of transactions are subject to GST.

Issuance, collection, amendment and stop payment charges are exempted from GST.


Commission, brokerage and other related service fees on the Derivatives Clearing & Execution Account will be subject to GST.


Rental fees and charges relating to the loss of keys are subject to GST.

Foreign currency exchange transactions are exempted from GST.