Changes of CPF in 2016

CPF CELING
CPF con­tri­bu­tion ceil­ing will be increased from $5000 to $6000 with effect from 1 Jan 2016. This will help to boost another $170 from employer and $200 from employee for those earn­ing more than $6000 monthly salary and below 55 years old. Though the take-home pay for these employ­ees will reduce by $200, the sav­ings for retire­ment will be boos­ted by these extra savings.

CPF CONTRIBUTION RATE
The CPF con­tri­bu­tion rate for employee 50 years and above will be increased from 1 Janu­ary 2016.

  • Above 50 to 55, employer CPF rate will be increased from 16% to 17%, while employee CPF rate will be increased from 19% to 20%;
  • Above 55 to 60, employer CPF rate will be increased from 12% to 13%, with no change to the cur­rent employee CPF rate of 13%;
  • Above 60 to 65, employer CPF rate will be increased from 8.5% to 9%, with no change to the cur­rent employee CPF rate of 7.5%.

In addi­tion, for CPF mem­bers aged 55 and above from 1 Janu­ary 2016, the first $30,000 from the CPF accounts will earn extra 1% per annum, on top of the cur­rent 1% extra interest on the first $60,000 of their total CPF sav­ings. That is,

 

 

Total CPF balance

Interest Rate
If in Special/Retirement/Medisave Accounts If in Ordin­ary Account
First $30,000 6% 4.5%
Next $30,000 5% 3.5%
Remain­ing bal­ance above $60,000 4% 2.5%

This trans­lates to extra $300 sav­ings per year for the next 10 years before CPF Life pay­out starts at 65. Assum­ing the yearly $300 interest earned goes into the Retire­ment Account which earns 4% interest, this trans­lates to $3,745 after 10 years. With higher amount in CPF Retire­ment Account, CPF mem­bers can expect higher pay­out from their CPF Life.

SUPPLEMENTARY RETIREMENT SCHEME
The caps on con­tri­bu­tion to the vol­un­tary retire­ment sav­ings scheme, Sup­ple­ment­ary Retire­ment Scheme (SRS) will be increased from 1 Janu­ary 2016. For Singa­por­ean and Per­man­ent Res­id­ent, the cap will be increased from $12,750 to $15,300. The cap for for­eigner will be increased from $29,750 to $35,700. This will help to increase the per­sonal income tax sav­ings, as the amount put into SRS will enjoy tax relief. Moreover, retire­ment cash­flow will be improved when SRS money is allowed to be with­drawn without pen­alty from age 62 onwards.

Elderly to use more Medisave to pay for outpatient services

With effect from 1 April 2015, a patient who is aged 65 and above can use up to $200 a year from the Medis­ave sav­ings to pay for the fol­low­ing ser­vices:-
a) Out­pa­tient med­ical treat­ment received at des­ig­nated health­care insti­tu­tions, and gen­er­ally cov­ers med­ical ser­vices and drugs, tests and invest­ig­a­tions which are neces­sary for dia­gnosis or treat­ment of a med­ical con­di­tion and ordered by a doc­tor.
b) Screen­ing tests that are cur­rently under the Integ­rated Screen­ing Pro­gramme. This includes recom­men­ded screen­ings for selec­ted chronic dis­eases and can­cers.
c) To sup­ple­ment other out­pa­tient uses of Medis­ave.  This includes the new $300 limit for out­pa­tient scans that was imple­men­ted on 1 Janu­ary 2015, the exist­ing $400 Mediave400 limit[1], the vari­ous lim­its for can­cer treat­ment and dia­gnostics, and other out­pa­tient with­drawal lim­its. In addi­tion, the eld­erly can also use it to pay for the 15% co-payment when using Medis­ave for chronic dis­ease treatment.

Termed Flexi-Medisave, a patient can use up to $200 from his own Medis­ave or tap on his spouse’s Medis­ave, as long as the spouse is also aged 65 and above.

Flexi-Medisave can be used for out­pa­tient med­ical treat­ment at des­ig­nated health­care insti­tu­tions. These are:
a)    Spe­cial­ist Out­pa­tient Clin­ics (SOCs) at the pub­lic hos­pit­als and national spe­cialty centres;
b)    Poly­clin­ics; and
c)    Med­ical GP clin­ics par­ti­cip­at­ing in the Com­munity Health Assist Scheme (CHAS).

[1] Cur­rently, eld­erly patients can already use the Medisave400 limit for the fol­low­ing expenses:
a)    Out­pa­tient treat­ment of 15 approved chronic con­di­tions under the Chronic Dis­ease Man­age­ment Pro­gramme (CDMP);
b)    Screen­ing mam­mo­grams for women aged 50 and above; and
c)    Vac­cin­a­tions includ­ing Hep­at­itis B, pneumo­coc­cal and flu vaccinations.

 

Focus Group Discussions on enhancement to CPF

CPF Advis­ory Panel has just announced a series of Focus Group Dis­cus­sions (FGD) to be con­duc­ted from mid-November 2014 to mid-January 2015. The dis­cus­sion will be on the fol­low­ing topics:-

  1. Min­imum Sum — how to adjust bey­ond 2015 for future retirees
  2. Lump sum with­draw­als at age 65 years — how much should CPF mem­bers be able to with­draw and under what conditions
  3. CPF pay­outs — how could CPF pay­outs be adjus­ted to address cost of liv­ing increases over time
  4. Altern­at­ive invest­ments and annu­it­ies — how to provide more flex­ib­il­ity for CPF mem­bers who are pre­pared to take on more risks.

You can email to cpf_panel@mom.gov.sg to con­trib­ute your ideas on the above top­ics or to sign up for the FGD.  The first 4 FGDs sched­ule to dis­cuss the first 3 top­ics are as follows:-

  •  15 Novem­ber 2014 (Sat­urday) 9.00am to 12.30pm at *SCAPE
  • 22 Novem­ber 2014 (Sat­urday) 9.00am to 12.30pm at *SCAPE
  • 9 Decem­ber 2014 (Tues­day) 6.30pm to 9.30pm at the National Lib­rary Building
  • 10 Janu­ary 2015 (Sat­urday) 9.00am to 12.30pm (venue to be in town area)

There will be more FGD ses­sions to be announced later.

For more inform­a­tion, please visit http://www.cpfpanel.sg