Singapore is located at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia. One of the original tiger economies, Singapore is now a major international financial and trading centre that rivals Hong Kong as the world’s biggest container port. Singapore has a reputation for being highly regulated, while in reality, it is a carefully administered jurisdiction.

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Law & Taxation

Singapore has a British based legal system and corporate law operates on the common law basis. Singapore is a signatory to a number of double tax and investment protection treaties which provide some tax planning and security advantages. A Singapore company with external investments that are correctly structured and administered may not be liable for tax on profits generated from activities conducted outside of the country. From Year of Assessment (YA) 2008, companies are taxed at a flat rate of 17% on their chargeable income. A newly incorporated company that satisfies the qualifying conditions can claim full tax exemption on the first $100,000 of normal chargeable income (excluding Singapore franked dividends) for each of its first three consecutive YAs. Estate duty was abolished on 15 February 2008.

Please consult your tax accountant to fully understand how and when the exemptions apply.

Corporate Requirements

Each Singapore company must have a local registered office which must be a physical address and not just a Post Office box.

Each company must have at least one director. A Corporate director is not permitted and the director must be either a Singapore citizen, a permanent resident or an employment pass holder. For incorporation purposes, an individual subscriber is preferred. Thereafter, the share may be held by a corporate shareholder (i.e. holding company). Bearer shares are not permitted. Each private limited company must have a local company secretary and maintain accounts which must be audited by a local auditor. A qualified local company secretary is only required for a public company. A sole director may not act as the company secretary. The current law allows an exempt private company to be exempted from audit requirements in respect of a financial year, provided its revenue in that year does not exceed SGD5 million. This ruling applies for financial years starting on and after 1 June 2004.

Details of the company’s directors, shareholders and secretary must be filed with the Registry of Companies and are on public record.

Each year, the company must submit an annual return together with audited accounts (unless exempted). Penalties apply for late filings.

Subject to the Companies (Amendment) Act 2004, private companies may dispense with the Annual General Meeting.

Local Infrastructure

Singapore is a sophisticated international business and financial centre and as such, there are numerous domestic and global banks, stockbrokers and finance houses. All the major international legal and accounting firms have offices in Singapore. Singapore has a stable government and a rich pool of professionals who are able to assist in all international business transactions. Supported by an airport that serves as a regional hub for over 100 destinations, state of the art communications and a sound infrastructure, Singaporean companies are well positioned to take advantage of its many tax treaties.

How We Can Help You

OMC has standard shelf companies, and those with Land Dealings Unit (LDU) clearance certificates that are meant for acquisition of local residential properties, available for immediate purchase. We can also incorporate a company with your choice of name and also confirm the availability of names in advance. All companies are provided with a complete company kit that includes share certificates, 5 copies of the M&A, statutory registers, common seal, company chop and a certificate of guarantee of quality. Our package will also include the preparation of documents for the initial secretarial requirements and change of director and shareholder.

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