23 Jun 2020
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23 Jun 2020
Senior Financial Services Manager at Phillip Securities (Jurong East)
If I'm not wrong, you cant 'choose'.
Its based on your age. If you are younger than age 55, you dont have RA and thus all RSTU will be to SA. Up to FRS. First $7k per year is tax deductible.
If you are older than 55, once your RA is created, all RSTU will go to RA. Not possible to RSTU to SA anymore. However, you can do Voluntary Contributions for all 3 accounts OA SA MA.
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This is fixed depending on your age when you top up.
The only way to top up specifically SA/RA is via Retirement Sum Topping Up or RSTU. The money will go to your SA if you are below 55 and have not reached FRS.
If you are above 55 and top up via RSTU, the money will go to your RA instead. You won't be able to top up your SA directly. The only way is to do 3-account voluntary contribution subject to the CPF annual limit.
I'd top up directly to SA for both tax savings and the 4% interest. I'd top up directly to RA if I wanted to increase my CPF Life payouts later in life.