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The presentation of the annual Government Budget is based on the financial year (FY) of the Government, which runs from 1 April of the year to 31 March of the following year.

Under Singapore’s Constitution, a distinction is made between the reserves accumulated by the Government during its current term of office, and past reserves, which refer to the reserves not accumulated in the current term of Government. The Government is expected to balance the budget within its term and can only draw on past reserves with the approval of the President. This Constitutional framework protects past reserves by enforcing fiscal prudence, while allowing the Government to draw on them in times of need.

The Overall Budget Balance that is published by the Ministry of Finance and presented to the Parliament is based on revenues that the Government of the day can spend under the Constitution. Not all Government revenues and receipts collected can be spent by the Government. Capital receipts such as land sales accrue to past reserves.

Singapore separately publishes a set of government finance data that follows the International Monetary Fund’s presentation format for government finance statistics. This set of data includes all receipts, including items not available for spending by the Government of the day under Singapore’s Constitution.

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Key Indicators
Item Unit Latest Period Latest Data % Change
(Y-o-Y)  1/
Previous
Period Data
% Change
(Y-o-Y)  2/
Government Operations            
Cash surplus/deficit 3/ S$m Oct-21 -1,688.8 -323.5 -212.7 -348.2
Net cash inflow from operating activities S$m Oct-21 -2,516.0 -443.8 -257.6 -71.4
Cash receipts from operating activities S$m Oct-21 5,167.0 -15.8 7,296.3 14.7
Cash payments for operating activities S$m Oct-21 7,683.0 42.1 7,553.9 4.1
Net cash outflow from investments in nonfinancial assets S$m Oct-21 -827.2 3,378.2 -44.9 -95.4
Purchases of nonfinancial assets S$m Oct-21 417.6 52.8 578.0 210.2
Sales of nonfinancial assets S$m Oct-21 1,244.8 319.0 622.9 -46.9
Net cash inflow from financing activities 4/ S$m Oct-21 -289.5 -102.3 8,965.6 -339.1
Net incurrence of liabilities S$m Oct-21 -229.9 -101.9 8,862.7 -305.3
Domestic S$m Oct-21 -229.9 -101.9 8,862.7 -305.3
Foreign S$m Oct-21 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Net acquisition of financial assets other than cash S$m Oct-21 59.6 -122.4 -102.9 -81.8
Domestic excluding cash S$m Oct-21 59.6 -122.4 -102.9 -81.8
Foreign excluding cash S$m Oct-21 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
             
Item Unit Latest Period Latest Data % Change
(Y-o-Y)  1/
Previous
Period Data
% Change
(Y-o-Y)  2/
Government Debt            
Central Government Debt S$m Q3/21 764,357.9 10.8 744,302.0 8.7
External Debt S$m Q3/21 0.0 na 0.0 na
Domestic Debt S$m Q3/21 764,357.9 10.8 744,302.0 8.7
Registered Stocks & Bonds S$m Q3/21 689,275.5 10.8 665,881.6 8.8
Treasury Bills S$m Q3/21 65,200.0 9.2 64,000.0 7.7
Advance Deposits S$m Q3/21 9,882.4 15.7 14,420.4 10.2
Domestic Debt (Excluding Advance Deposits) S$m Q3/21 754,475.5 10.7 729,881.6 8.7
1 year maturity or less S$m Q3/21
106,893.8 23.7 96,493.5 -3.2
More than 1 year maturity S$m Q3/21 647,581.7 8.8 633,388.1 10.7
             
Item Unit Latest Period Latest Data % Change
(Y-o-Y)  1/
Previous
Period Data
% Change
(Y-o-Y)  2/
Government Finance (Financial Year) 5/            
Operating Revenue 6/ S$m FY 2020 64,608 -13.0 74,274 0.7
Total Expenditure S$m FY 2020 94,056 24.8 75,337 -3.2
Operating Expenditure 7/ S$m FY 2020 77,644 32.3 58,667 1.9
Development Expenditure 8/ S$m FY 2020 16,412 -1.6 16,671 -17.7
Primary Surplus/Deficit S$m FY 2020 -29,448 na  -1,063 na
Special Transfers 9/ S$m FY 2020 53,589 254.2 15,129 68.3
Special Transfers Excluding Top-ups to Endowment and Trust Funds  S$m FY 2020 36,269 na 1,561 na 
Basic Surplus/Deficit 10/ S$m FY 2020 -65,716 na -2,625 na
Top-ups to Endowment and Trust Funds S$m FY 2020 17,320 na 13,568 na
Net Investment Returns Contribution 11/ S$m FY 2020 18,141 6.5 17,038 3.8
Overall Budget Surplus/Deficit S$m FY 2020 -64,895 na 845 na

Government Revenue and Expenditure

Title : Overall Fiscal Position, Annual

Million Dollars

Data Items

2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Operating Revenue * Operating Revenue excludes the repayment of loans and advances, interest income, investment income and capital receipts.

55,814.5
57,020.3
60,838.2
64,823.2
68,964.4
75,815.7
73,738.3
74,273.8

Corporate Income Tax

12,821.3
12,679.6
13,371.5
13,815.1
13,602.2
14,944
16,032
16,731.9

Personal Income Tax

7,713.7
7,688.1
8,926.7
9,234.9
10,526.2
10,724
11,705.8
12,367.7

Withholding Tax

1,337.3
1,152.4
1,126
1,402
1,474.1
1,531.6
1,589.9
1,637.3

Statutory Boards' Contributions * From FY2019 onwards, Statutory Boards' Contributions (SBC) from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in a given financial year are calculated as the average of 'Contribution to Consolidated Fund' (in lieu of corporate income tax) reported in MAS' financial statements for the preceding three years. This is to reduce the volatility in MAS' annual contributions. MAS' SBC in FY2019 should thus comprise one-third of 'Contribution to Consolidated Fund' reported in MAS' financial statements for FY17, FY18 and FY19. As MAS' 'Contribution to Consolidated Fund' for FY17 and FY18 have been paid in full in FY2017 and FY2018 respectively, MAS' SBC in FY2019 comprises only one-third of MAS' 'Contribution to Consolidated Fund' for FY19.

539.1
529.8
515.9
438.3
775.4
4,865.8
1,490.5
1,798.1

Assets Taxes

3,768.3
4,181.9
4,340.6
4,455
4,359.5
4,439.7
4,649.1
4,761.7

Customs And Excise Taxes

2,141.7
2,189.4
2,539.7
2,833
2,730
3,132.9
3,075
3,263.5

Goods And Services Tax

9,038
9,512.7
10,215
10,345.1
11,078.3
10,959.5
11,137.1
11,163.7

Motor Vehicle Taxes

1,802.9
1,654.6
1,602.9
1,759.7
2,148.4
2,152.5
2,623.4
2,418.9

Betting Taxes

2,304.8
2,378.8
2,591
2,719
2,682
2,688.2
2,663.9
2,619.9

Stamp Duty

4,309.5
3,929.9
2,783.6
2,768.9
3,278.5
4,905.1
4,606.9
4,199

Other Taxes * Includes the foreign worker levy, annual tonnage tax, water conservation tax and development charge.

4,341.8
5,248.4
6,097.1
5,876.2
6,044.5
6,019.3
6,628.9
6,683.2

Vehicle Quota Premiums

2,572.1
2,721.7
3,394.1
5,424.8
6,550.6
5,796.1
3,616.4
2,865.4

Fees And Charges (Excluding Vehicle Quota Premiums) * Includes revenue from Licenses, Permits, Service fees, Sales of goods, Rental of Premises, Fines and Forfeitures and Reimbursements.

2,707.7
2,903
3,010.5
3,248.8
3,208.9
3,279.1
3,489.7
3,409.4

Others * Excludes repayment of loans and advances, interest income, investment income and capital receipts.

416.1
250
323.8
502.2
505.7
377.8
429.6
353.9

Total Expenditure * Total Expenditure comprises Operating Expenditure and Development Expenditure. Development Expenditure excludes loans to statutory boards, industrial and commercial enterprises and land-related expenditure items.

49,003.9
51,727.8
56,648.3
67,447
71,044.9
73,556.2
77,823.9
75,337.2

Social Development

21,877.4
24,179.4
27,206.8
31,292.6
33,839.4
36,468.1
35,819.7
36,607.3

Security And External Relations

15,397.4
16,093.6
17,196.1
18,451.6
19,541
20,462.5
21,410.7
21,276.4

Economic Development

9,824.8
9,573.8
10,146.8
15,540.7
15,300.5
13,871.9
17,780.9
14,374

Government Administration

1,904.4
1,881
2,098.6
2,162.2
2,363.9
2,753.8
2,812.6
3,079.5

Primary Surplus/(Deficit)

6,810.6
5,292.5
4,189.9
-2,623.9
-2,080.4
2,259.4
-4,085.7
-1,063.5

Special Transfers * Special Transfers refer to discretionary transfers made by the Government and these include one-off direct transfers to businesses and households, as well as top-ups to endowment and trust funds created by the Government for specific expenditure objectives.

8,859.5
8,583.6
12,356.2
10,369.2
6,372.3
6,122.4
8,988.6
15,129.4

Special Transfers Excluding Top-ups To Endowment And Trust Funds

1,457.5
2,989.6
3,856.2
4,369.2
2,772.3
2,112.4
1,688.6
1,561.4

Basic Surplus/(Deficit) * Surplus/ Deficit before Top-ups to Endowment and Trust Funds and Net Investment Returns Contribution.

5,353
2,302.9
333.7
-6,993
-4,852.7
147
-5,774.3
-2,624.9

Top-ups To Endowment And Trust Funds

7,402
5,594
8,500
6,000
3,600
4,010
7,300
13,568

Net Investment Returns Contribution * Prior to FY2009, up to 50% of Net Investment Income (NII) could be taken into the annual Government Budget for spending. With effect from FY2009, under the Net Investment Returns (NIR) framework, up to 50% of the expected long-term real returns on the relevant assets specified in the Constitution can be taken in for spending. For the other assets, up to 50% of NII can continue to be used for spending in the annual Government Budget. Refers to contributions from investment returns on reserves, where Net Investment Returns Contribution is the sum of: (1) up to 50% of the expected long-term real rate of return on the relevant assets specified in the Constitution; and (2) up to 50% of the net investment income on the remaining assets.

7,870.1
8,289.4
8,737.8
8,943.3
14,577.5
14,723.9
16,412.7
17,037.5

Overall Budget Surplus/ (Deficit)

5,821.1
4,998.2
571.5
-4,049.7
6,124.8
10,861
3,338.5
844.7
SOURCE : ACCOUNTANT-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

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