Helper Levy in Singapore
What is the Helper Levy?
The Helper Levy is a monthly tax imposed by the Singaporean government on employers who hire foreign domestic workers (FDWs). the standard levy rate for the first domestic helper is SGD 300 per month, with a reduced rate of SGD 60 for those who qualify for the concessionary rate.
Who Qualifies for the Concessionary Levy Rate?
The concessionary levy rate of SGD 60 is applicable to households that meet certain criteria, such as:
- Families with a Singaporean child below the age of 16.
- Households with a Singaporean elderly person aged 67 and above.
- Families caring for a Singaporean person with disabilities.
Payment and Compliance
Employers are responsible for the timely payment of the Helper Levy. The levy is typically paid via GIRO (General Interbank Recurring Order), an automatic monthly deduction from the employer’s bank account. Failure to comply with the levy payment can result in penalties and may affect the employer’s ability to hire FDWs in the future.