Local and foreign companies may open a business and set up a company in Singapore within a very short time. Foreign companies may use Singapore as their representative office when the company wishes to conduct market research or provide after sales service to the customers. For registering Representative office in Singapore the company should have a certification of incorporation in the English language. The processing fees for the registration process of RO is $200 and that is payable to IE.
The company Act of Singapore also allows companies to open a branch office in Singapore and head office is liable for the activities of the branch office. Any branch office must be registered with ACRA. During the registration process, the foreign companies have to provide the original copy of foreign company’s incorporation certificate, the latest audit report for the relevant year, a copy of company’s law and constitution guideline, identity documents of company’s passport holders and the details of the appointed authorized representative who generally resides in Singapore. The documents mentioned above need to be submitted in English and one-time registration fees of Singaporean $300 should be payable to ACRA.
The potential investors may be setting up a company in Singapore as Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) Company and this form of company is beneficial for tax purpose and also for the case when a partner is residing outside Singapore or the company engages in the foreign partnership. The time duration of an LLP company is unlimited and the company may change the partners and this does not make any effect on LLP Company. For registering LLP companies, one has to appoint at least one manager who is a neutral person and generally resides in Singapore and the obligation of the manager is to make sure that the company is running according to LLP guidelines. Any LLP company should be registered with ACRA and initially, a name check should be done by taking the intended names. LLO companies should have a registered office in Singapore and that should generally accessible to the public during normal office hours. The company has to provide the details of their directors and also pay Singaporean $150 to ACRA for the registration process.
For setting up a company in Singapore as the private limited company one should apply through ACRA as well. The potential company first go through the name check process for getting an intended name for the company and then the name should be reserved for the company till next sixty days from the date of application. The company has to provide all the documents that were required for the incorporation process. Additionally, a company has to provide the details of shareholders, directors, the company’s constitution, a company’s structure chart etc. All the documents must be in English language and if not then the documents should be translated. One can open the private limited company in Singapore with as small as one Singaporean dollar.
If the company is not titled as the dormant or small company then all PTE ltd companies should abide by the tax law. According to tax law in Singapore PTE Ltd companies should appoint an accredited auditor for conducting an annual audit of the company. The dormant type companies got no financial transaction in a relevant financial year and they are exempt from doing an audit. The same small applies for the small company and any company may be treated as a small company if they generate total annual revenue smaller than fifty million and their asset is less than fifty million and their number of employees is less than fifty personnel.
The regular tax rate for PTE Ltd Company is 17% of the net income generated by the company from the business activities inside Singapore. The country does not charge tax for the income that generates overseas. However, if the company generated revenue remitted into Singapore then tax implies on it. All companies that run the business in Singapore are exempted from 75% tax for their first 10,000 income and 50% tax for their next 290000 income.
For setting up a company in Singapore and to do work in Singapore foreign personnel requires the work permit and the required document for this purpose is known as employment pass. In order to receive employment pass one should make application to the authority by stating name, detail address and passport number, educational background of the applicant, intended job position in a company, salary etc. the time take to process the application is one to 2 weeks and if any cases the application gets rejected then the time for appealing is generally takes six to eight weeks. Application for employment pass only can be made when a representative office or Limited Liability partnership company or branch office or private limited company is created in Singapore. In general, the employment pass is issued only for one year and it has to renew yearly. If the employee got any spouse or dependants then they have to apply for dependent pass and holders of dependant pass may remain in Singapore.