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Singapore has a highly developed market economy and has the world’s highest percentage of millionaires, with one out of every six households having at least one million US Dollars in disposable wealth.
Incorporating a company in Singapore
The Republic of Singapore, is a sovereign city-state located in South-East Asia. It has total population of around 6 million people. Singapore has a highly developed market economy and has the world’s highest percentage of millionaires, with one out of every six households having at least one million US Dollars in disposable wealth.
The Republic of Singapore has political stable government, which provides pro-entrepreneur environment, lower tax rates, business friendly policies, which makes Singapore business friendly. The Government of Singapore proactively supports business owners from Small and Medium Enterprises sectors. It has great infrastructure within the city – state, reliable wireless networks (43,000 public wireless points), the most reliable air connectively with the outside world and easy access to capital with motivated, skilled, and English-speaking workforce. It has well-developed capital markets and financial systems.
The city-state of Singapore is world’s easiest place to set up and manage a business. According to World Bank’s ranking, Singapore is ranked as one of the top 3 countries in Ease of Doing Business among total 189 countries. Singapore is continuously ranked as top country for its Contract Enforcement and intellectual Property Protection. Also, Singapore is among the least bureaucratic countries in the world.
Because of these benefits, a huge number of foreigners comes to the Republic of Singapore than its neighboring countries such as Hong Kong, China, Malaysia and India. There are several key reasons, how a business entity can get benefited from using Singapore as location. Some of them are discussed in detail below:
The Delaware of Asia – Tax Benefits & Exemptions
The Singapore is often called as the Delaware of Asia because of its business friendly taxation policies. For many business owners, tax is the main reason to setup a business in Singapore. The Republic of Singapore has pro-business taxation rates and provides many tax related incentives to promote entrepreneurship. Singapore has one of the world’s simplest and most rational taxation systems in place. It levies no tax on capital gains or on dividends. The rates of Goods and Service Taxes in Singapore is probably the lowest. Here is details of favorable tax policies of Singapore:
No tax on profits: For the first 100,000 Singapore Dollars of profits earned in Singapore for the first 3 financial years from the date of incorporation are exempted from taxes;
Minimum Taxes: Profits earned outside Singapore boarders are not subject to local taxes, in case of certain conditions are met.
Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements (DTA) and Unilateral Tax Credits: The Government of Singapore has entered into Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with over 50 countries including some of the most influential economic nations in the world such as the United States, People’s Republic of China, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany and India. These Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements ensures that National and Multi-Nationals Companies gets benefited and do not suffer from double taxation. Furthermore, Singapore also provides Unilateral Tax Credits, which becomes applicable onto countries, which has not signed Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement with Singapore. These Unilateral Tax Credits makes it very unlikely for Singapore Companies to suffer losses on account of double taxation. Furthermore, Singapore Government has signed various trade related treaties with other countries too to facilitate trade and commerce;
Some other tax exemptions – In addition to the tax exemptions and incentives provided above, an incorporated company can further reduce its taxable income through setting up various employee welfare schemes. The expenses done in these employees welfare schemes can be classified as business expenses and will reduce business’s profits, which ultimately helps in reducing tax liability.
To know more about Singapore Corporate Taxation Systems please visit Understanding Singapore Corporate Tax System – Tax Benefits & Exemptions – Pratham Legal
100% Foreign Ownership and No Currency Controls
Singapore Companies Act allows a foreign national individual or company to own 100% shares of a company incorporated in Singapore. Therefore, there is no need to have a local partner or shareholder. There are no restrictions on the amount of capital that you one can bring from his home country to invest in a Singaporean company. It imposes no restriction on repatriation of profits. Unlike India and China, which imposes huge hurdles to the free movement of foreign currencies, there is no restriction on movement of foreign currency in or out of the country. This frictionless movement of funds across boarders provides extremely flexibility to a business.
Easy Incorporation Process and Operations
Singapore has one of the most efficient and bureaucracy free regulatory frameworks in the world. Singapore has been a top ranking country in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking for many years. The incorporation process is straightforward and simple. It takes less than a day to incorporate a new company in most of the cases. The minimum requirement for incorporating a Company is as below:
1 Local Director (Should be Singapore Citizen, permanent resident, or a person having Employment Visa);
1 Shareholder; Same person can be director and shareholder both;
A Local address to be used as Registered Office address;
And $ 1 as paid-up capital.
The annual compliance requirements are very low and simple and provide exemptions from unnecessary or complicated paperwork.
Easy Access to Capital
Singapore has earned an excellent reputation as a stable and robust financial infrastructure and well-regulated economy. There are several ways to get access to easy capital at any stage of development beginning from government grants, accelerators, incubators, Venture Capitals, banks and financial institutions. Unlike its neighboring countries such as China and India, opening a corporate bank account is also very simple and easy. Banks in Singapore offers excellent Letter of Credit support to Singaporean Companies engaged in international trade.
Business friendly government policies
The Government of Republic of Singapore has adopted several business friendly, innovation friendly policies to attract foreign start-ups and companies. These policies include several tax exemptions, grants, assistance and hand holding schemes.
The gateway to Asia & the Geographical Location
Singapore is sometimes called as ‘Entry Level of Asia’ or ‘Asia Lite’ because it has established itself as an international hub with a prime location in South East Asia. Singapore is one of the best locations for regional business. Several key emerging markets like Indonesia, India, China, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the Philippines is a few hours’ plane ride away from Singapore. The port of Singapore is one of the busiest port in the entire world and is classified as a major International maritime center. Singapore’s Changi Airport is a world class international airport that caters to more than 25 million passengers every year and provides convenient and safe flights to almost every major city in the world.
Singapore companies also enjoy a positive and transparent image in the region, which gives businesses a reputable foundation for the promotion of the company to customers, suppliers and investors, as well as opening doors to business alliance opportunities.
Motivated, skilled, productive and English-speaking workforce
Singaporeans carries a reputation of being hard-working, law abiding, and highly productive. The workforce is highly educated, literate and English-speaking workforce, which minimises communication difficulties. Nearly every young or middle-age Singaporean speaks English. The country’s excellent education system produces a workforce that is good at what it does. Singapore Government’s liberal immigration laws also allow businesses to easily hire employees from any country, which can ultimately lower the company’s operating costs. Nearly a third of Singapore’s workforce are foreign nationals and the Government makes it easy and smooth for a foreign national professional to obtain work visas on permanent residence status.
Corruption free Regulatory framework and environment
Singapore is currently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. The Government employees are paid handsomely, which makes the country a corruption free country. Singapore has strict policy against corruption at any level. So, if you are registering a Company in the Republic of Singapore, you rest assured that you are not going to be at the mercy of corrupt government officials; your business will taste success or fail, it will be dependent upon the merits of your business itself. Furthermore, a modern and well developed regulatory framework provides strong protection for intellectual property and makes Singapore one of the top ranked country in the world in terms of contract enforcements.
Government Policies supporting to Start-ups
Over the last years, Singapore has nurtured its venture funding community very well, which has helped Singapore in establishing itself as a premier venue in Asia for venture capital funds. By incorporating and locating your business in Singapore, you can avail yourself of access to these funding sources. The Singapore government adopts very pro-growth and innovation friendly policies. It provides many Government grants, tax exemptions and incentives and other kinds of assistance schemes to start-ups and new businesses. Within some preferred sectors, the Government of Singapore also has policies for subsidizing the labor costs for new businesses specially. All these benefits are available to domestic as well as foreign-owned businesses.
Most first-time visitors to Singapore are astonished by the world-class infrastructure of the city-state. It has world’s top quality international airport, highways, subways, internet and communication infrastructure, residential and commercial buildings, hotels and public parks.