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Company Formation in Singapore
Private Limited Company
|Type of entity:||Resident/Non Resident|
|Type of law:||Common|
|Our time to establish a new company:||5 days|
|Minimum government fees (excluding taxation):||S$365|
|Double taxation treaty access:||Yes|
Share Capital or Equivalent
|Minimum paid up:||S$1|
Directors or Managers
|Local required:||Yes – one|
|Publicly accessible records:||Yes|
|Location of meetings:||Anywhere|
|Minimum number:||One (Corporation or Individual)|
|Publicly accessible records:||Yes|
|Location of meetings:||Anywhere|
|Local or qualified:||Yes|
|Requirement to prepare:||Yes|
|Audit requirements:||Yes but exemptions|
|Requirement to file accounts:||Yes but exemptions|
|Publicly accessible accounts:||Yes but exemptions|
|Requirement to file annual return:||Yes|
|Change in domicile permitted:||No|
Singapore is situated at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsula. Strategically located along the major shipping and air routes of Asia, it is the major nerve centre for trade and investments in the region.
Spanning just over 622 sq km, Singapore though small, is undoubtedly an advanced and bustling economy. It thrives on an excellent infrastructure, highly educated labour force, political stability and an efficient business environment. Singapore is an ideal holding company and headquarters location and a gateway for foreign investments in to the emerging economies of Asia, such as China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand.
Singapore has a population of approximately 4.35 million people. More than 75% are Chinese with the remaining 25%, mainly Malays, Indians and others. The different races live together with mutual respect and in racial harmony. The work force is well educated and hardworking and there is a high level of managerial and technical expertise available.
The People’s Action Party, its single dominant ruling party since its independence in 1965, rules Singapore. There is no strong opposition party in Singapore.
The Singapore Government vigilantly plans, manages and administers the country’s socio-economic development. Singapore is one of the world’s most politically stable and corruption-free countries.
The most commonly used official languages are English and to a lesser extent, Chinese, Malay and Tamil which are also official languages.
Type of Company for International Trade and Investment Resident or non-resident company, foreign branch operation or a representative office.
Restrictions on Trading
Generally no restrictions except for financial services, education, media related or other politically sensitive businesses.
Procedure to Incorporate
Submission of name approval, Memorandum and Articles of Association and details of shareholders & shareholdings, registered office address and appointments of directors, company secretary and statutory auditors.
Name resembling names of existing companies or which are undesirable or politically sensitive will be rejected.
Name Requiring Consent or a Licence
Bank, Financial institution, insurance, fund management, university, Chamber of Commerce and other similar names.
Suffixes to Denote Limited Liability
Private Limited or Pte Ltd for privately held companies.
Classes of Shares Permitted
Ordinary shares, preference shares and redeemable preference shares.
Minimal annual statutory filing fees of approximately S$20.
Language of Name
Type of Law
Principal Corporate Legalisation
The Companies Act.
The Income Tax Act.
Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents
Powers of Company
A company incorporated in Singapore has the same powers as a natural person.
Registered Office Required
Time to Incorporate
5 days subject to name approval
Authorised and Issued Share Capital
The concept of authorised share capital has been abolished in Jan 2006 and the minimum number of issued share is 1.
Companies are required to appoint a resident company secretary, who must be a natural person.
A minimum of one shareholder is required. Shareholders may be corporations or individuals. 100% foreign ownership is allowed.
Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities
Double Taxation Agreements
Singapore has an extensive investment protection agreement and double tax treaty network. This includes most countries in the Asia-Pacific Region and countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. These countries include China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Belgium, Finland and the United Arab Emirates.
Singapore is also one of the very few countries to have a tax treaty with Taiwan. This explains the popularity of Singapore holding companies for Taiwanese investments in to China and the region.
Financial Statements Required
Annual audited accounts are required to be filed with the Registrar of Companies. The accounts must be audited by a registered certified public accountant in Singapore. However, audit exemption is available to qualified companies.
Companies qualifying for audit exemptions are:
– Members of the company do not exceed 20.
– Members of the company are individuals and not a corporation.
– Annual turnover does not exceed S$5m.
– Company that has no accounting transactions for the financial year in question or has not started business since its incorporation.
A minimum of one (for both individual and corporate shareholders), who must be a Singapore resident individual. To fulfill this requirement, we could assist you in appointing a Singapore professional director. A foreigner who wants to register a new company in Singapore and act as a resident director of the company or operate the company, a valid pass must be obtained from the government first.
Why Global Premier?
What separates us from our competitors is that our services don’t end with the registration of your company. We offer a wide range of additional services others can’t or just won’t offer, such as lifetime free support.
Whilst most providers either specialise on personalized consultation at relatively high rates or run bulk registration factories without any support, we want to offer the positive aspects of both types.
Therefore Global Premier combines professional advice, worldwide registration services, reasonable fees, customized order processing, lifetime support and fast processing. Where others see company formation services as a bulk registration with no support and no individual assistance, we do care about your business needs.
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