Singapore Company Incorporation without Relocation to Singapore

If you are a foreigner who plans to operate a company in Singapore without having to relocate, Singapore allows the setup of your company in Singapore provided you appoint a Singapore resident director when incorporating the company. If you cannot find a trusted contact to act as the Singapore resident director, you can engage nominee director service for a fee plus one-time refundable nominee director deposit.

A few considerations:

To incorporate a company in Singapore, foreign entrepreneurs must:

  1. Engage a qualified company formation agent or specialist, to set up your company. Singapore Companies Act does not allow foreign individuals or entities to self-register a company.
  2. Appoint a Singapore resident to be the director of the company. A Singapore resident can be a Singapore citizen, permanent resident or holder of an EP or EntrePass. In the event that you are unable to appoint a Singapore resident director, your formation agent can provide you with one through a Nominee Director service. The service can be temporary or long term depending on your needs.
  3. Provide a Singapore address as the registered address for the company. Alternatively, you can also engage a Registered Address service of a formation agent.


Type of company: Resident/Non Resident, Private Limited.

Who can incorporate: Qualified company formation agent.

Time to incorporate: 3-5 days

Registration fee: S$20

Shelf company availability: Not available

Taxation: 17% on income sourced in Singapore for Year Assessment 2010.

To support entrepreneurship and to help Singapore local enterprises grow, a newly incorporated company that satisfies the qualifying conditions can claim for full tax exemption on the first $100,000 of normal chargeable income* (excluding Singapore franked dividends) for each of its first three consecutive YAs.

A further 50% exemption is given on the next $200,000 of the normal chargeable income* (excluding Singapore franked dividends) for each of the first three consecutive YAs.

First $100,000 @ 100% = $100,000

Next $200,000 @ 50% = $100,000

Total $300,000 $200,000

To qualify for the tax exemption for new start-up companies, your company must:

  • Be incorporated in Singapore (other than a company limited by guarantee**);
  • Be a tax resident* in Singapore for that YA;
  • Have no more than 20 shareholders throughout the basis period for that YA where:
    • All of the shareholders are individuals beneficially and directly holding the shares in their own names; OR
    • At least one shareholder is an individual beneficially and directly holding at least 10% of the issued ordinary shares of the company.

Minimum annual government fee: S$365 (excluding taxation)

Disclosure of beneficial owner: No

Bearer shares: Not permitted

Standard minimum paid up: S$1

*Standard authorized capital: The concept of par value and authorized capital has been removed from the Singapore Companies Act since 2006. As such, there is no requirement on authorized capital.

Permitted currency of capital: Any

Minimum number of shareholders: One (corporation or Individual)

Minimum number of directors: One

Corporate directors: Yes

Local directors: Yes. A Singapore Private Limited Company must have at least one director who must be an “ordinary” resident in Singapore, ie a Singapore citizen, a Singapore permanent resident or a person who holds an Employment Pass/EntrePass or a Dependants’ Pass with a residential address in Singapore.

There is no limitation on the number of additional local or foreign directors a Singapore Private Limited Company can appoint. The director must be at least 18 years of age, and must not be bankrupt or convicted of any criminal malpractice in the past. Information of the directors will appear on public records. Directors can also be shareholders or vice versa.

Company Secretary: Yes, The company secretary must be a natural person who is an “ordinary” resident in Singapore. The Singapore Companies Act requires each company to appoint a company secretary within six month of incorporation

Company Seal: The company seal is generally obtained from third-party stationers. Generally a market rate of SGD35 will be charged if the seal is to be collected within 3 days or approximately SGD70 if the seal is to be collected within 1 day

*Public Records of directors & shareholders: Yes

Location of directors and shareholders meeting: Anywhere

Telephone board meeting: Yes

Access to Double Tax Treaty: Singapore has an extensive investment protection agreement and double tax treaty network.

Requirement to file account: Yes but there are exemptions

Requirement to keep account: Yes

Requirement to file annual return: Yes

Change in domicile: Yes

Local registered office address: A company must have a registered office in Singapore, which must be operational and accessible to the public during normal office hours.

Data Sheet

Singapore Resident/Non-Resident, Private Ltd Data Sheet – Summary

Type of company Resident/ Non resident, Private Limited
Common or civil law jurisdictions Common law
Shelf company availability Not available
Time to incorporate 3-5 days
Min. annual duty or franchise fee ?
Annual return filling fee S$365
Taxation 17%
Disclosure of beneficial ownership No
Bearer shares Not Permitted
Standard minimum paid up capital S$1
Standard authorised share capital None
Permitted currency of capital Any
Minimum number of shareholders 1 (Corporation or Individual)
Minimum numbers of directors 1
Corporate directors Yes
Local directors Yes-One Spore Resident director
Company secretary Yes
Company seal Yes
Public record of directors Yes
Public record of shareholders Yes
Location of directors meeting Any where
Location of shareholders meeting Any where
Telephone board meeting Yes
Access to Double taxation treaty Singapore has an extensive investment protection agreement and double tax treaty network
Requirement to file account Yes but there are exemptions
Requirement to keep account Yes
Requirement to file annual return Yes
Change in domicile Yes
Local registered address A company must have a registered office in Singapore, which must be operational and accessible to the public during normal office hours.
Who can incorporate? Qualified company formation agent in Singapore


Banking Options

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Singapore Company Banking Option


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