Navigating Compliance Requirements for Singapore Companies

Welcome to our guide on navigating compliance requirements for Singapore companies. As a Singapore-incorporated company, it is crucial to adhere to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority’s (ACRA) and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore’s (IRAS) regulations by submitting your statutory returns within the specified timeframe after each financial year. We are here to provide you with all the necessary information and support to make the compliance process seamless and hassle-free.

Our guide offers valuable insights into the intricacies of annual compliance for Singapore companies. We cover all the essential information, including required documents, deadlines, and the consequences of non-compliance. By exploring our guide, you will gain a clear understanding of the statutory returns required for your company in Singapore.

Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) Filing

The first statutory deadline for companies after the financial year ends is the Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI) filing. It is crucial to file your ECI within 3 months from the end of the financial year. ECI is an estimation of taxable income and serves as the basis for tax assessment.

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Preparation of Financial Statements

Determining whether your company needs to file financial statements is an essential step. If required, your company needs to prepare its financial statements as soon as possible for directors’ approval and submission at the Annual General Meetings.

The financial statements should be prepared in Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (SFRS) format and should minimally include the following:

  1. Statement of Financial Position: Showcasing your company’s equity, assets, and liabilities.
  2. Statement of Comprehensive Income: Reflecting your company’s financial performance, including revenue, expenses, gains and losses, and income tax.
  3. Statement of Cash Flows: Highlighting cash or cash equivalents flowing in and out resulting from operating, investing, and financing activities.
  4. Statement of Equity Changes: Including transactions with members, changes in share capital, issuance of share classes, and dividends (if applicable).
  5. Notes detailing significant accounting policies.

It is important to note that not all companies require audited financial statements. Your company may qualify for audit exemption if it meets any two of the following criteria:

  • Total annual revenue equal to or less than S$10 million.
  • Total assets equal to or less than S$10 million.
  • Employing fewer than 50 individuals.

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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM must be held within 6 months from the FYE (within 4 months for listed companies). Once the Financial Statement is prepared, it should be presented to the members of the company at the AGM. For most companies, AGM is a mandatory yearly gathering of members to keep them informed about your company’s affairs. During the AGM, your company presents the financial statements for consideration and approval by the members.

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Annual Return Filing

The Annual Return must be held within 7 months from the FYE (within 5 months for listed companies). An annual return is a yearly statement that includes crucial details about your company’s composition, activities, and financial standing. Your company must also submit the date of its AGM if it has held its AGM, as well as the company’s financial statements (if applicable). Company officers may face enforcement action for failing to file their company’s annual return.

Source: ACRA

You can file the annual return through ACRA’s user-friendly online filing portal BizFile+ using the designated officer of your company. Alternatively, you can enlist the services of a registered filing agent like us.

Key Timeline for Annual Return

Private, non-listed Singapore companies must submit their annual return to ACRA within seven months from the end of their financial year-end.

Here’s an illustrative timeline for the holding of AGM and for the filing of AR for private companies with the FYE 31 December 2018:

Failure to comply with the deadline may result in a late lodgement penalty of up to $600 for each delayed submission.

XBRL Implementation

Unless exempted, Singaporean companies must submit their financial statements in XBRL format.

The table below summarises the revisions to the filing requirements and data elements:

GroupCompanies that file FS that are made publicRequirements (mandatory from 1 May 2021)
1SG-incorporated companies that are not covered in Groups 2 to 5 below.To file FS in XBRL format, and the extent of XBRL filing varies based on the company’s nature and size of operations:

  • Smaller and non-publicly accountable companies:
    To file FS in Simplified XBRL template, together with PDF copy of FS authorised by directors; and

  • All other companies - To file FS in Full XBRL template

2SG-incorporated exempt private companies (EPCs) that are insolventTo file FS in XBRL format, and the extent of XBRL filing varies based on the company’s nature and size of operations:

  • Smaller and non-publicly accountable companies:
    To file FS in Simplified XBRL template, together with PDF copy of FS authorised by directors; and

  • All other companies - To file FS in Full XBRL template

3SG-incorporated EPCs that are solventNot required to file FS. If the company opts to voluntarily file, to file FS in either:

  • PDF copy of the FS authorised by directors; or

  • FS in XBRL format.

If the company opts to file FS in XBRL format, its extent of XBRL filing will vary based on the same criteria as Groups 1 and 2
4SG-incorporated companies in the business of banking, finance and insurance regulated by MASTo file FS in:

  • XBRL FSH (Banks) template; or

  • XBRL FSH (Insurance) template;

together with PDF copy of the FS authorised by directors.
5SG-incorporated companies preparing FS using accounting standards other than prescribed accounting standards in Singapore or IFRSTo file only PDF copy of the FS authorised by directors.
6SG-incorporated companies limited by guaranteeTo file only PDF copy of the FS authorised by directors
7Foreign companies with SG branchesTo file only PDF copy of the FS authorised by directors

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Corporate Income Tax (CIT)

With the exception of dormant companies, you must still file your Income Tax Return (Form C-S/Form C) with the IRAS, along with any supporting documents (e.g. financial statements and tax computation) by 30 November annually.

Failure to comply with the deadlines and requirements could be very costly. Apart from losing the benefits of interest free instalments, you may also be required to pay interests and fines on the outstanding tax payables.

Registers of Registrable Controllers, Register of Nominee Directors, and Register of Nominee Shareholders

Singapore companies must maintain Register of Registrable Controllers, Register of Nominee Directors, and Register of Nominee Shareholders to ensure transparency and compliance with corporate governance regulations.

The Register of Registrable Controllers contains information about individuals or entities with significant control or influence over the company.

The Register of Nominee Directors documents details of individuals acting as nominees on behalf of others.

The Register of Nominee Shareholders records particulars of individuals or entities holding shares on behalf of others.

The deadlines for updating changes with ACRA can be as short as 2 days. Failing to comply with these requirements can result in penalties of up to $5,000.

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