Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) open for application and appeal from 27 April 2020

SIRS for self-employed people
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The most important SIRS scheme for self-employed private-hire and taxi-drivers is open for application on Monday 27 April 2020.

What is the SIRS scheme

The Self-Employed Person Relief Scheme (SIRS) is part of the Resilience Budget to help small business and self-employed people. The scheme will disburse 3 cash payout of $3000 each, in May, July and October 2020 to those who qualified.

An estimated 100,000 self-employed people will automatically qualify.

How to qualify for SIRS scheme

There are criteria to fulfil to qualify for the SIRS scheme. All criteria have to be fulfilled to qualify for the SIRS scheme.

How to apply for SIRS
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Do I need to apply or do I Auto-Qualify?

Scenarios for Singles

  • For Single, you need to fulfil the all 5 Are you Eligible Criteria (Blue Box). If yes to all 5 criteria, then you move to the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria (Green Box). If the answer is yes to the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria, you will auto-qualify and do not need to submit any application.
  • For Single and fulfil ALL 5 Are you Eligible Criteria (Blue Box) BUT did not fulfil either any one of the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria (Green Box). You do not auto-qualify for the payout and must submit an application 

Scenarios for Married People

  • You are Married, you need to fulfil the all 5 Are you Eligible Criteria (Blue Box). If yes to all 5 criteria, there are 2 additional criteria for married people to fulfil. You and your spouse do not own 2 or more properties and your spouse assessable income do not exceed $70,000.If you fulfil the 5 Are you Eligible Criteria (Blue Box) plus the 2 additional criteria for married people then you move to the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria (Green Box). If the answer is yes to the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria, you will auto-qualify and do not need to submit any application.
  • You are Married and fulfil the 5 Are you Eligible Criteria (Blue Box) plus the 2 additional criteria for married people then you move to the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria (Green Box). If you did not any of the 2 Do you Auto-Qualify Criteria (Green Box), you do not auto-qualify for the payout and must submit an application. 

Appeal

If you marginally miss by ONE criteria and are facing difficult circumstances now, you can appeal. An important point to note, you MUST submit your application first even though you may not meet all the requirement.

After your application has been rejected then you can send an appeal.

You can start to think of how to prepare your appeal letter.

Apply for SIRS

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Be prepared to apply for SIRS by getting ready the necessary documents and Singpass. All application will have to be submitted individually.

For those of you who have been asking if Grab or Go-Jek will apply for you, the answer is no, you have to apply yourself with your Singpass.

Where to Apply for Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS)

Application and appeals will open on Monday 27 April 2020. You can also check your eligibility and apply on the interactive NTUC Website to check on your eligibility.

*Update on 28 April 2020* – SIRS website down due to overwhelming response

*Update on 29 April 2020* – New queue system for application

*Update on 4 May 2020* – How to Apply for SIRS Scheme in upgraded SIRS website.

*Update on 22 May 2020* the First payout of SIRS will be by 27 May 2020

*Update on 29 May 2020* Unsuccessful applicants received notification

SIRS Hotline number

Any question that you are not sure, you can call SIRS Hotline @ +65 67135777 or email them at SIRS@ntuc.org.sg

Operating Hour Monday – Saturday: 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays

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