Do I need To Pay CPF For My Full-Time Maid? The FWL or Foreign Worker Levy regulates the number of foreign workers (foreign or domestic maids) in Singapore. You don’t have to pay CPF for your full-time maids but you are required to pay a monthly Levy.
The Foreign Worker Levy, waiver, and requests for refund, are all handled by the CPFB on behalf of MOM. Customers can put in their inquiries and frequently asked questions on their (MOM’s) website or choose to contact them directly.
First off, you need to check if you are, in fact, eligible to apply for such a waiver. Only then can you apply for a waiver. After checking if you are eligible, you can submit an online waiver application within a year after the levy has been charged. The CPF processes your application once they have received it, along with any supporting documents. You can check the status of your application on their official website after 12 working days of submission.
They have to be a citizen of Singapore or an SPR in the first and second years. Or from the third year of obtaining the status of an SPR. Their age group, and the total wage they earn for a single calendar month.
If your full-time domestic maid is working for the first time as an FDW (Foreign Domestic Worker), then the levy will begin on their 5th day of arrival, which includes the date of their arrival.
Daily levy rates only apply to workers who don’t complete a full calendar month’s work. The daily levy rate is [(the monthly levy rate x 12)/365].
You will be charged with a penalty for late payment in the amount of $20, or 2% per month, whichever is higher.
The worst that could happen to you for the late payment of your maid’s levy is that you’ll be facing legal action for recovery of the unpaid levy charges.
So, although you don’t need to pay a CPF for your domestic full-time maid in Singapore, you do have to be cautious about abiding by the rules and rates provided by the CPFB, on FWL (Foreign Worker Levy). Any slip up in the payment of these can result in serious trouble for you and your entire family. Hope this article was helpful in clearing your doubts!