A major development is under way in Singapore that impacts all employers. Singapore Corporate Access (or CorpPass) is a one-stop authentication and authorization service for corporate users to transact with government agencies online on behalf of their organizations.
CorpPass will be required for all local entities with a Unique Entity Number (UEN) and for foreign entities that wish to access Government-to-Business (G2B) digital services in Singapore. Individuals and local entities without a UEN will continue using their SingPass to transact with the government. CorpPass has been the required login method for G2B online transactions since December 2017. Digital services of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will be made available from mid-2018. The CorpPass will be necessary to carry out the needed monthly Central Provident Fund (CPF) and annual payroll submissions.
As an employer, you need to have a Local Registered Officer in your organization register with CorpPass and then elect that person as a CorpPass Administrator (an example of a Local Registered Officer is a business owner, partner, company director, board member, or corporate secretary). There is a maximum of two administrators per entity. As your payroll provider is authorized to process your payroll and do the relevant statutory submissions, most likely it will also request that it be registered as an authorized CorpPass Administrator on your account.
The appointed CorpPass Administrator begins by registering for a CorpPass Administrator account on the CorpPass website. Upon registration, the entity's Local Registered Officer will be notified that he or she is required to approve this request. Once the account has been approved by the Local Registered Officer, the CorpPass Administrator may create CorpPass accounts and access to digital services. CorpPass users will need to activate their accounts by setting up their CorpPass ID and password in order to transact on behalf of the business.
Follow the steps below in order to authorize a CorpPass Administrator:
Arrange for local personnel to register as a CorpPass Administrator. The appointed administrator must be in Singapore and have the SingPass account and mobile number ready.
Upon the creation of user access, select the entity’s services required under e-Services Access:
- CPF e-Services for employers and business partners
- CPF e-Submission
- MINDEF/MHA NS Portal
Under the Third Party Tab, authorize your global payroll service provider for the above services.
Obtain your payroll provider’s UEN details..
Kira Rubiano is the Senior Manager of Partnerships in Europe and Asia Pac for Celergo Global Payroll. Kira manages 100+ global partnerships, which include all local partners. In addition, she is Celergo’s internal resource for all payroll knowledge in the Europe and Asia Pac regions. Kira has a degree in International Studies, with a concentration in International Law.