- Company Name
- Registered Address
- A Description of Business Activities
- Shareholders Particulars
- Directors Particulars
- Company Secretary Particulars
- Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA).
- A copy of Singapore identity card (IC) for Singapore Residents or a copy of passport, overseas residential address proof, and other information for foreigners.
- If the shareholder is a corporate entity, you need to submit a copy of registration documents such as Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum & Articles of Association.
- For non-English documents, an officially-endorsed translated version is required.
|To proceed with your Singapore company formation, you need the following:|
|Company Name||For your Singapore registered company, you must avoid choosing a company name that is:- identical to existing local company names;
- offensive, obscene or abusive names; or
- already reserved.
|Paid-Up Capital||The minimum paid-up capital for setting up a Singapore company is S$1.|
|Registered Address||A local Singapore address is a requisite to incorporating your Singapore company. The registered address can be either a residential or commercial address, but not a PO Box.|
|Directors||For setting up your Singapore company, a minimum of one (1) local director is mandatory. The local director must either be a Singapore Citizen, a Singapore Permanent Resident, or an EntrePass, Employment Pass, or Dependent Pass holder.|
|Shareholders||The Singapore private limited company set-up requires a minimum of one (1) shareholder and a maximum of 50 shareholders. Foreign corporate and individual shareholders are allowed to own 100% of the shares.|
|Company Secretary||The Singapore Companies Act requires every Singapore incorporated company to have a company secretary within 6 months of its incorporation.|
Although there are no restrictions on the type of business activities that a company can engage in, some business activities such as travel agency, recruitment agency, financial services, school etc require licences from the approving authority, before you can commence business.
- In Singapore, the company can be setup within an hour if all the documents are in order. When you incorporate with Rikvin, our computerised proprietary software system can generate the required documents within minutes. Once the necessary incorporation papers are signed we can proceed to do the filing with the company registrar and the outcome of the incorporation is almost instant.
Singapore Private Limited Company must have at least one director who must be a resident in Singapore, i.e. either a Singapore citizen, Singapore permanent resident or a person who holds an Employment Pass/Entrepass/ Dependant’s Pass with a residential address in Singapore.
The director must be at least 18 years of age, and must not be bankrupt or convicted for any criminal malpractice in the past. Information of the directors will appear on public records. Directors can also be shareholders and vice versa.
If you do not have a local Singapore resident director to meet the requirement of the Singapore Companies Act, you have the following options:
Apply for Employment pass or Entrepreneur pass: Foreign individuals who wish to relocate to run their new Singapore Company operations have two types of work pass to choose from. For more details, please refer to Comparison of Entrepass versus Employment Pass.
Apply for Employment pass: Foreign Corporation that plans to relocate its management staff to Singapore to run their new Singapore Company must apply for an Employment Pass. For more details, please refer to Singapore Employment Pass.
Foreign Individuals/Corporation Not Relocating to Singapore: You can appoint a trusted contact who is a Singapore resident or use our nominee director service. Our nominee director service does not require any shareholding in the company and does not get involved in the company operations or banking matters. For more details, please refer to Singapore Nominee Director
A Singapore company can be registered with a minimum paid up capital of S$1 (Or its equivalent in any currency).
The issued share capital must be paid up immediately upon incorporation into the corporate bank accounts.
Paid up capital is monies paid by shareholders to the Company to purchase the Company shares and these monies can be utilised for all company expenses including paying off all Company’s debts. There is no personal liability on the individual shareholder if the necessary amount for the shares subscribed is fully paid. In the event that it is not fully paid, the creditors can demand that the shareholder be personally responsible for the shortfall.
You will first need to inject the necessary capital into your company bank account and send us a copy of the bank deposit slip showing the capital injection.
Upon receipt of the proof of capital injection and obtaining your signature on the necessary documents, we will be able to update ACRA on the increase in paid up capital and get an updated company profile showing the revised paid-up capital for your Singapore Company.
There is no lockup period as such. You can start using it towards your company needs immediately.
Yes, non cash consideration such as fixed assets can be used as consideration provided sufficient evidence of the valuation of the assets is provided.
After your Singapore company has been setup, you can start your business activities immediately. However, you may need to do the following if it is applicable to you.
- Open bank accounts. You may want to choose a bank that serves your corporate banking needs. i.e. Letter of credit, multi currency, location of the bank, banking hours, and check the other services they can offer you, etc.
- If your business requires one or more licenses, you may need to obtain the relevant licences first before you can commence your business activities.
- Register for Goods & Services Tax (GST) if necessary. The registration of GST is not mandatory unless your annual turnover exceeds S$1 million. We can help to register for GST, if you so require.
- If your company activities involves import and exports of goods, you will need to register and obtain a Central Registration (CR) number. The CR number is used in all import, export and transhipment permits, certificates and any other documents issued by the Singapore Customs. We can help obtain a CR number for your company if required.
- If you plan to hire any foreign employee including yourself, your conpany will need to apply for employment pass (EP) for that person. We can assist you with EP applications.
- If you intend to hire local employees (Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents) you will need to open a CPF account with the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board and a percentage of the local employees’ salaries will be contributed to this Board on a monthly basis as part of their retirement fund. For more details, please visit www.cpf.gov.sg. We can help you register your Company CPF account and manage your staff payroll, if required.
- You will need to decide on your company’s financial year end which can be any date within 18 months from the date of incorporation of your company.
- You will need to keep track of your income and expenses (bookkeeping) according to Singapore accounting standards. Depending upon the volume of transactions, we can provide bookkeeping services either on a weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly accounting basis