The country of Singapore consists of Singapore Island and some 50 other small islands. It is located in South-East Asia, at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula.

Singapore has established a thriving financial centre of international repute, serving not only its domestic economy, but also the wider Asia Pacific region. Singapore's financial centre offers a broad range of financial services including banking, insurance, investment banking and treasury services. It boasts a pro-business environment, excellent infrastructure and a highly skilled workforce.

The combination of an efficient and business-friendly government, a robust common law legal system and a well-organised, comprehensive transport system forms part of Singapore’s success. Singapore continues to be well-regarded as a triple-A rated economy with strong growth potential, a sound and stable location for business expansion as well as for investments.

Other basic facts:

Time zone

8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+0800 GMT)



English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil


National currency

Singapore Dollar (SGD)



Under the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA), organisations are required to designate at least one individual as the data protection officer (DPO) tp oversee data protection responsibilities and ensure compliance with the PDPA. The DPO can be either an employee or a third-party

Permitted currenciesAny currencies
Standard currencyS$
Minimum issued capitalOne (1) in any denomination in foreign currency
Authorised capitalN/A
Par / nominal valueN/A
MinimumOne (1)
Corporate directorNot allowed
Local director requirementsMinimum one (1) director who must be “ordinarily resident in Singapore” i.e. a Singapore citizen or a Singapore permanent resident
Location of meetingAnywhere
Minimum number of meetingsPer Constitution
Publicly accessible recordsYes
MinimumOne (1)
Bearer sharesNo
Corporate shareholdersAllowed
Local shareholder requirementsNo
Location of meetingAnywhere
Minimum number of meetingsOne (1) annually
Publicly accessible recordsYes
MinimumOne (1)
RequirementsA local resident secretary who must be a natural person and has their principal or only place of residence in Singapore
RequirementsLocal registered office in Singapore
RecordsKept in Singapore
Preparation of accountsYes
Audit requirements and filing

A small company is exempted from having its financial statements audited and may file unaudited financial statements. A company qualifies as a small company if:
(a) it is a private company in the financial year in question; and
(b) it meets at least two (2) of three (3) of the following criteria in the first or second financial year commencing on or after the date of commencement of the “small company” criteria (i.e. on or after 1 July 2015)
(i)   total annual revenue ≤ $10m;
(ii)  total assets ≤ $10m; and
(iii) number of employees ≤ 50

If the company is part of a group, the above test must be met on a group (consolidated) basis as well. For the purposes of determining whether the group to which a company belongs is a small group, all entities within that group are taken into account, including foreign entities, in determining whether the consolidated total revenue and consolidated total assets of the group meet the thresholds.

Other companies would require filing of audited financial statements.

Publicly accessible recordsYes
Corporate tax17%
Goods and Services Tax (GST)9%
Capital Gains TaxNone
Under the Personal Data Protection (PDPA), organisations are required to designate at least one individual as the data protection officer (DPO) to oversee data protection responsibilities and ensure compliance with the PDPA. The DPO can be either an employee or a third-party
Annual return
  • Companies with financial  year ended before 31 August 2018:

- Within thirty (30) days after Annual General Meeting

  • Companies with financial year ended on or after 31 August 2018:

- Within seven (7) months after the end of the company’s financial year

Tax filing30 November
Legal systemCommon Law
Corporate re-domiciliationNo
Double taxation treaty accessYes
Exchange controlNo

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