General Interest Charge


  • Instances when GIC applies
  • Calculation of GIC
  • Tax treatment of GIC
  • Late payment of debts: GIC remission policy

You may be subject to the General Interest Charge (GIC) if you have unpaid tax liabilities, including late or unpaid taxes, charges, levies, or penalties. The GIC is calculated daily on a compounding basis, which increases the amount you owe over time.

    Instances when GIC applies

    GIC applies to you in two primary situations:

    • Late or Unpaid Tax Amounts: If you fail to pay your tax obligations on time or leave them unpaid beyond the due date.
    • Excessive Shortfall in Income Tax Instalment: When you significantly underpay your estimated or varied income tax instalments.
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    Calculation of GIC

    The GIC rate is reviewed quarterly, and is calculated based on your outstanding amount of unpaid tax. The interest compounds on a daily basis, leading to a growing debt until you settle your tax liability.

    You are informed about the amount of GIC applied through a statement of account, a late payment notice, or a GIC notice. These documents detail the additional amount you owe due to the GIC.

    The table provides the GIC annual rates and corresponding GIC daily rates for the specified quarters in the mentioned income years.

    GIC Rates for 2022-23 income year

    Quarter GIC Annual Rate GIC Daily Rate
    July – September 2022 8.00% 0.02191781%
    October – December 2022 9.31% 0.02550685%
    January – March 2023 10.06% 0.02756164%
    April – June 2023 10.46% 0.02865753%

    GIC Rates for 2023-24 income year

    Quarter GIC Annual Rate GIC Daily Rate
    July – September 2022 10.90% 0.02986301%
    October – December 2022
    January – March 2023
    April – June 2023
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    Tax treatment of GIC

    Tax Deduction: You can claim a tax deduction for the GIC incurred in the same year it accrues. This means you can reduce your taxable income by the amount of GIC, potentially lowering your overall tax liability.

    Disclosure of Remitted GIC: If you claimed or can still claim a deduction for the GIC incurred, you must disclose any remitted GIC in the year when the remission occurs. This ensures transparency in your tax reporting and prevents double benefits from GIC deductions.

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    Late payment of debts: GIC remission policy

    If you find yourself in a situation where you have incurred General Interest Charge (GIC) due to late payment of debts, you have the option to request a partial or full remission of the GIC.

    This request can be made if you face extenuating circumstances, which may include:

    Delay Not Caused by You
    If the delay in payment was beyond your control and not due to any fault on your part (for example, occurrences like natural disasters, industrial action, unforeseen collapse of a major debtor, or sudden ill health of key personnel), and you took reasonable steps to minimize the delay.

    Delay Due to You, But Efforts to Reduce Delay
    In cases where the delay in payment was caused by your actions, but you made reasonable efforts to minimize the delay, and it would be fair and reasonable to grant a remission.

    Serious Financial Hardship
    If paying the full amount of GIC would result in serious financial hardship for you, you may be eligible for remission to alleviate the burden.

    Under these extenuating circumstances, your situation will be assessed and then concluded whether it is appropriate to reduce or eliminate the GIC imposed on your late payments.

    Remember that each case is evaluated on its merits, and it is essential to provide relevant evidence and documentation to support your request for GIC remission.

    This article is general information only and does not provide advice to address your personal circumstances. To make an informed decision you should contact an appropriately qualified professional.