Accounting and tax

Healy Consultants assists our Clients’ timely discharge their annual legal, accounting and tax obligations.

  • Singapore taxation

    Tax rates

    1. Singapore corporation tax is 17% for tax resident Singapore companies for i) local sourced income or ii) foreign sourced income remitted to Singapore;
    2. The government does not levy a capital gains tax. Even the GST is charged at a low rate of just 7%;
    3. Personal income tax in the country follows a progressive system and ranges between 2% and 20%;

    Tax exemptions and rebates

    Nonresident companies
    1. A non-resident Singapore company is legally tax exempt if all of its income and profits are derived from overseas. Consequently, it can be an excellent entity to legally book global income;
    2. If a company is managed and controlled in Singapore, then it is considered a tax resident company. However, if it is managed and controlled by directors and members residing outraise of Singapore, then it is considered as a non-tax resident company;
    3. For the foreign income to be tax exempt, non-resident companies must not hold a bank account in Singapore to which the income and profits is remitted. Companies are obliged to hold international bank accounts.
    4. A company incorporated in Singapore but deemed as non-resident by the authorities is legally tax exempt if all income and profits are derived from overseas. Consequently, a properly structured Singapore company can be an excellent entity to legally book global income. If certain criteria is met, it is possible for the foreign income of a Singapore resident company to be legally tax exempt.
    Resident companies
    1. For a new registered Singapore resident company that have no more than 20 shareholders throughout the basis period for that year where all of the shareholders are individuals holding the shares in their own names, or at least one shareholder is an individual holding at least 10% of the issued ordinary shares of the company, entrepreneurs enjoy tax rebate on the profit in the first three financial years. A 100% tax exemption is possible on the first S$100,000 (US$78,000) and 50% tax exemption on the next S$200,000 (US$157,000). The effective rate for a company with S$300,000 of annual income during this period is 5.7%. Click here to access our corporation tax calculator;
    2. Singapore tax resident companies benefit from the country’s 76 double taxation treaties which minimize global withholding tax;
    3. Singapore’s recent budgets (2008-2014) have introduced a number of tax reductions and credits for research & development activity. Singapore’s tax authorities released the latest R&D tax guide in January 2015. Find out more about Singapore tax incentives;
  • Tax reporting, accounting and auditing considerations

    1. Singapore tax reporting is easy, all returns can be submitted online. The Singapore tax authority are extremely efficient and organized;
    2. All Singapore incorporated companies must file their Corporate Tax Return by the filing deadlines: 15 Dec for e-file and 30 Nov for paper file. Thereafter a notice of assessment will be issued to the Singapore company for corporate tax settlement. The Singapore company can pay the tax bill over 12 months, interest-free monthly installments;
    3. Healy Consultants is happy to assist our Client to discharge their annual accounting and tax obligations, Healy Consultants estimate annual professional fee for such service is US$2,300. Singapore-registered companies;
    4. In accordance with GST Law, a Singapore Company is obliged to register for GST if annual sales exceeds or is expected to exceed S$1 million in any calendar year. Healy Consultants will be happy to assist you with GST registration for a one time fee of US$550;
    5. Annual unaudited financial statements are submitted to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) within 6 months of the end of the accounting year. Our firm is a specialist in accounting and bookkeeping services;
    6. An annual statutory financial audit is not required if corporate turnover is less than US$4 million and there is no corporate shareholder;
    7. In accordance to Section 197(1)(b) the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) imposes a penalty of S$300 for late filing of the annual return. The company director(s) are responsible to ensure an Annual General Meeting is timely held and the Annual Return is filed within 1 month of the same. Failure to comply is considered an offense and can lead to prosecution of the director(s);
    8. Annual statuary financial audit is not required if it falls under the category of small company. To be considered as a small company, it is required to fulfil 2 of the following conditions for the past two consecutive financial years: i) have a total annual revenue less than SG$10 million, ii) have less than SG$10 million in total assets and iii) have less than 50 employees;
    9. In accordance to Sections 175, 197 and 201 of The Companies Act, the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) imposes penalty on companies that i) fail to hold Annual General Meetings within 15 months of previous AGM ii) fail to fill the Annual Return within 30 days of the AGM and iii) fail to present audited accounts within 6 months of AGM respectively. Failure to comply is considered an offence and can lead to prosecution of the director(s);
    10. As per Section 344(1) of the Companies Act, the Singapore Government can legally strike off (click link) businesses which fail to comply in fulfilling their annual accounting, tax and statutory obligations. See this Government link for a list of all companies deregistered in 2017;
    11. As per Section 155A of the Companies Act, a person who is director of 3 or more companies that have been struck off by ACRA within a 5 year period, will be barred from being director of other Singapore companies for up to 5 years! The person can also suffer from i) fines ii) interdiction from entering Singapore and iii) jail time.
  • Singapore company tax exemption package

    • If properly structured, a Singapore company can be legally tax exempt if certain criteria are met;
    • Press this tab to view a sample draft invoice for our standard Singapore offshore package.

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  • Healy Consultants fees for accounting and tax support

    Singapore accounting and tax taskUS$
    Singapore active company unaudited annual tax and accounting2,300
    Singapore dormant company unaudited annual tax and accounting950
    Singapore active company audited annual tax and accounting5,950
    Singapore GST quarterly reporting550
    Singapore annual personal tax return1,950
    Singapore company residence certificate950
    IRAS written confirmation of legal tax exemption1,500
    Average monthly bookkeeping services550
  • Monthly bookkeeping service

    Healy Consultants monthly book keeping fee US$550 includes i) receive in dropbox the monthly invoices from our Client ii) label monthly bank statement transactions iii) preparation of monthly income and expenses statement iv) highlight anomalies v) monitor monthly profit levels to minimize annual tax.
  • Tax exemption for start-ups

    • To stimulate entrepreneurship, the Singapore government offers an extremely attractive tax exemption scheme for start-up companies. For the first three years, Singapore startups are exempt from corporate tax on the first S$100,000 and the next S$200,000 is 50% tax exempt;
    • This scheme is applicable to tax resident companies that i) have less than 20 shareholders and ii) are not investment holding nor property development companies;
    • Year four onwards, partial tax exemption will apply to all tax resident companies as follows: 75% on the first S$10,000 and 50% on the next S$290,000.
  • Keeping records and data

    Our Clients should keep records of all invoices and receipts for their company expenses and income. The same can be required at any time by the Singapore authorities;

    Our Clients should also keep board resolutions and meeting minutes of all important management decisions taken by the Directors;

    In Singapore, there is usually no need to keep records of shareholders, directors, shares and secretaries. This information is centralized by the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority’s bizfile system;

    However, all changes to the corporate structure of the entity must be immediately notified to the secretary of the entity, who will thereafter update ACRA records.

It is important our Clients’ are aware of their personal and corporate tax obligations in their country of residence and domicile; and they will fulfill those obligations annually. Let us know if you need Healy Consultants’ help to clarify your annual reporting obligations.

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Frequently asked questions

Contact us

For additional information on our accounting and legal services in Singapore, please email us at Alternatively please contact our in-house country expert, Ms. Chrissi Zamora, directly:
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