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Good news for expecting parents in 2022, there are a range of special baby bonuses + government top-ups + tax reliefs that you may be eligible for!
What is a Child Development Account (CDA)?
The CDA is a special savings account for your child (until 12 years old) with government matching benefits!
From 2021 onwards, there is also enhanced matching for your 2nd child.
The First Step Grant is automatically deposited after the CDA account is opened, and the government will match dollar-for-dollar when parents save in the CDA up to the respective amounts in the table below:
You can use the CDA account to pay for educational and healthcare expenses such as:
- Fees for registered childcare centres, kindergartens, special education schools and early intervention programmes
- Medical expenses at healthcare institutions such as hospitals and General Practitioner clinics
- Premiums for MediShield Life or MediSave-approved private integrated plans
- Assistive technology devices
- Eye-related products and services at optical shops
- Approved healthcare items at pharmacies
Full list of approved institutions here.
What happens after 12 years old?
You can save into and use the CDA at any time before 31 December of the year your child turns 12 years old.
Any savings left in the CDA after the year your child turns 12 will be transferred to his or her Post-Secondary Education Account.
Parents who have not saved up to the co-matching cap can continue to contribute to the Post-Secondary Education Account and receive the matching amount until the cap is reached, or when the child turns 18 years old, whichever is earlier.
Which banks offer CDAs?
Enjoy up to 2% p.a. interest rate for amounts S$50k and below.
|Balances||Interest Rates (% p.a.)|
Exclusive Promotion: POSB Parent Starter Kit
The POSB Parent Starter Kit* consists of the following items:
- 1 x Nursing Shawl by Philips
- 1 x Pampers Premium Care Tape Diapers – Newborn Size by P&G
- 1 x Disposable Breast Pads by Philips
- 1 x Breast Milk Storage Cup by Philips
*Items offered in the POSB Parent Starter Kit are sample sizes only
Promotion period is from 1 July 2020 to 30 April 2022.
You can register as early as 8 weeks before the estimated delivery date of your child via Baby Bonus Online. Your child will automatically join the Baby Bonus Scheme upon birth registration and the CDA account will be opened within 3-5 working days.
Baby Bonus 2022
|Child Order||Born between 26 Aug 2012 and 31 Dec 2014 (for each child)||Born on or after 1 Jan 2015 (for each child)|
1st & 2nd Child
3rd & 4th Child
5th and higher
When will you receive the cash gift?
Cash gift in 5 instalments, over 18 months
|Time||Amount of cash gift disbursed|
|First and Second Birth Orders||Third and Subsequent Birth Orders|
Within 7 to 10 working days from birth registration or joining the scheme, whichever is later
When the child turns 6 months old
When the child turns 12 months old
When the child turns 15 months old
When the child turns 18 months old
Baby Support Grant (2022)
Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, to encourage Singaporeans to continue with their parenthood plans, the Government will give new parents a one-off Baby Support Grant of $3,000 if their child’s date of birth or Estimated Delivery Date is from 1 October 2020 to 30 September 2022.
The Baby Support Grant will be given to children receiving the existing Baby Bonus Cash Gift. It will be deposited into the same bank account that parents use to receive the Baby Bonus Cash Gift.
The Baby Support Grant will be deposited within one month of enrolment into the Baby Bonus Scheme.
How to claim the Baby Bonus 2022
Check your child’s eligibility at babybonus.msf.gov.sg/parent-helper
Next, submit your application on the LifeSG mobile App or on go.gov.sg/bbo.
You can join the Baby Bonus Scheme as early as 2 months before the estimated delivery date!
Maternity Leave/ Paternity Leave/ Childcare Leave
The Government-Paid Leave Schemes (e.g. Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Childcare Leave) help to support parents in managing their work and family responsibilities.
Self-employed parents and employers can claim for reimbursement via the GPL portal.
For eligible working mothers, up to 16 Weeks Maternity Leave (see more here)
For elgible working fathers, up to 2 weeks paternity leave (see more here)
Find out more on childcare leave, maternity/paternity benefit, adoption benefit, and unpaid infant care leave here.
Parenthood Tax Rebate
If you are a parent, you may be eligible to claim the Parenthood Tax Rebate of $5,000 for your first child, $10,000 for your second child, and $20,000 for your third and subsequent child.
The child must be a Singapore Citizen at the time of birth or within 12 months thereafter.
You may share the Parenthood Tax Rebate with your spouse for each qualifying child to offset your respective income tax payable. Any unutilised Parenthood Tax Rebate can be used to offset your income tax payable in subsequent years until the tax rebate is fully utilised.
If you are a working mother who is married, divorced, or widowed, you may claim the Working Mother’s Child Relief at 15% of your earned income for your first child, 20% for the second child, and 25% per child for the third and subsequent child.
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