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Service Description
Company Name Reservation We assist in reserving your unique company name, ensuring it meets all Singapore regulatory requirements.
Company Registration We handle the entire process of registering your company with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), including obtaining your Unique Entity Number (UEN).
Documentation We prepare all necessary documents for your company formation, including the Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA).
Registered Office Address Our package includes providing a registered office address for your company, a requirement for company formation in Singapore.
Company Secretary We appoint a qualified company secretary for your company, as required by Singapore law.
Director and Shareholder Register We maintain the register of directors and shareholders, ensuring all information is up-to-date and compliant with regulations.
Bank Account Assistance We assist you in opening a corporate bank account for your company with a reputable bank in Singapore.
Regulatory Compliance We guide you through the regulatory compliance requirements for companies in Singapore, including tax filing and annual returns.
Post-Registration Support We offer post-registration support to ensure your company operates smoothly, including services like accounting, payroll, and audit assistance.

Overview

Singapore is globally recognized as a key commercial hub due to its well-established business infrastructure, political stability, and open business policy. Registering a company in Singapore opens the door to a wealth of opportunities, including access to a robust economy, a strategic location for global business, and a friendly tax environment.

Benefits

  • Low corporate tax rate: Singapore has a flat corporate tax rate of 17%, which is one of the lowest in the world.
  • Favorable tax treaties: Singapore has tax treaties with over 70 countries, which can help to reduce your tax liability.
  • Easy to do business: Singapore is known for its easy business environment. The government is pro-business and there are few regulations.
  • Strong legal system: Singapore has a strong legal system that protects investors and businesses.
  • Strategic location: Singapore is located in a strategic location in Southeast Asia, making it a good base for businesses that want to do business in the region.
  • Highly skilled workforce: Singapore has a highly skilled workforce that is fluent in English.
  • Global connectivity: Singapore is well-connected to the rest of the world through its transportation and telecommunications infrastructure.

Understand Singapore Company Registration Requirements

Virtual Office

Registered Office Address (can be virtual)

The company must have a registered address in Singapore; all statutory documents of the company must be kept at this address

Shareholders

At least 1 shareholder

To establish a company in Singapore, a minimum of one shareholder is required. This shareholder can be a person or a different company.

Capital Requirement

Capital of at least SGD 1

You can set up your Singapore company with a capital of just 1 Singapore dollar. Later, if required, you can increase the capital by injecting additional funds and notifying the company registrar.

Director

At least one director who resides in Singapore

A Singapore company can have directors who live in Singapore or abroad, but at least one director must be a resident of Singapore. Companies cannot serve as directors, only individuals can. If you lack a Singapore-resident director, our nominee director service can fulfill this requirement.

Director

Company Secretary who resides in Singapore

A company in Singapore is required to have a company secretary who is a resident of Singapore. The role of the company secretary is to ensure that the company meets all its regulatory requirements. If you choose to set up your company with our assistance, we will provide a company secretary for your company.

Documents Required for Company Formation in Singapore

Certificate of incorporation of the company that will be the shareholder (i.e. the parent company)

Business profile of the parent company containing information about its business activities, share capital, shareholders, and officers

An ownership structure chart that identifies the Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBO) of the parent company

Board resolution from parent company authorizing the registration of a subsidiary company in Singapore

Passport copy

Singapore ID if the individual resides in Singapore

Residential address proof (for example, a driver's license, a recent utility bill, rental agreement, etc.)

Professional background description; e.g. in the form of a resume

Company Registration Process in Singapore

1. Company Name Reservation

Before you can register your company, you need to reserve a company name with ACRA. The name should be unique, meaningful, and free of any vulgar or obscene words. ACRA typically approves the name reservation within an hour unless there are certain words in the name that might require review by other authorities.

2. Prepare Necessary Documentation

You need to prepare the necessary documentation for company registration. This includes the Memorandum of Association (MOA) and Articles of Association (AOA). The MOA states the company's activities, while the AOA outlines the company's rules and regulations.

3. Register the Company

Once the company name has been approved and the necessary documents have been prepared, you can proceed to register the company with ACRA. This process is done online via the BizFile+ portal. You will need to provide details about the company's business activities, shareholders, directors, and company secretary.

4. Pay the Registration Fee

There is a registration fee that needs to be paid to ACRA. The fee is S$300 for company registration and S$15 for name approval.

5. Obtain the Certificate of Incorporation

After the registration process is complete and the fees have been paid, ACRA will send an email notification confirming the incorporation of the company. You can also request a physical copy of the certificate of incorporation for a fee.

6. Open a Corporate Bank Account

After the company has been incorporated, you will need to open a corporate bank account in Singapore. The requirements for opening a bank account can vary between banks, so it's advisable to check with the specific bank.

7. Register for Goods and Services Tax (GST)

If your company's annual revenue exceeds S$1 million, you must register for GST. This is a consumption tax levied on the supply of goods and services in Singapore and the import of goods into Singapore.

8. Understand the Ongoing Compliance Requirements

After the company has been registered, there are ongoing compliance requirements that need to be met. These include filing annual returns with ACRA, preparing financial statements, and filing tax returns with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The requirements for Singapore company incorporation vary depending on the type of company you want to incorporate. However, some of the common requirements include:

  • A minimum of one shareholder and one director.
  • A company name that is not already registered.
  • A registered address in Singapore.
  • A share capital of at least S$1.

The process of incorporating a company in Singapore can take a few weeks.

The benefits of incorporating a company in Singapore include:

  • The low corporate tax rate.
  • The favorable tax treaties.
  • The easy business environment.
  • The strong legal system.
  • The strategic location.
  • The highly skilled workforce.
  • The global connectivity.

There are three main types of Singapore companies:

  • Private limited company: This is the most common type of company in Singapore. It is limited by shares, which means that the liability of the shareholders is limited to the amount of their shareholding.
  • Public limited company: This type of company can issue shares to the public. It is more regulated than a private limited company.
  • Limited liability partnership (LLP): This type of company is a hybrid between a partnership and a company. The liability of the partners is limited to the amount of their investment.

The ongoing requirements for Singapore companies include:

  • Filing annual returns with the Singapore government.
  • Paying taxes and other government fees.
  • Holding annual general meetings (AGMs).
  • Keeping proper accounting records.
  • Complying with all applicable laws and regulations.

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