These issues are important considerations at the forefront of concerns for entrepreneurs considering incorporating their own Private Limited company:
Separate legal entity
As a Private Limited company registered as a business entity under the relevant country laws (for instance, in Singapore this is the Singapore Companies Act) has a separate legal personality from the owner, and the company members have limited liability. In some jurisdictions, creditors may not sue the owner of a Private Limited company for debts incurred nor reach into the owner’s personal assets and property to settle any such debts.
In business-friendly countries like Singapore, Private Limited companies pay corporate tax on their profits and dividends that the shareholders receive are not taxed— any taxes are determined at the owner’s personal income tax rate
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Capital and access to financing
Funding-raising options for Private Limited companies are much better, whether in terms of getting loans from financial institutions or in terms of equity fundraising from investors.
Compared to a sole proprietorship or unincorporated business, a Private Limited company faces a lot less difficulties in doing business on a large and/or international scale. Further, if you are a respectable Private Limited company, you may be able to attract high-caliber employees who are ambitious and who view the business as offering the opportunity for development and growth in a more conducive manner than in an MNC or large corporation, for instance.
It has to be noted, however, that there are compliance requirements of a Private Limited company. Although these compliance requirements may not be as extensive as those of a listed company, they are still much higher than those of a sole proprietorship or unincorporated business entity. Similarly, the administrative burden of a Private Limited company upon winding up is more complex than for a sole proprietorship or an unincorporated business entity. Additionally, in Singapore, for instance, Private Limited companies are governed by the laws, rules, and regulations under the Singapore Companies Act (or whatever equivalent in other jurisdictions) that have other specific stipulations on the conduct of directors, dealing with shareholders, etc.
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Benjamin has over 20 years of tax experience, spending more than 13 years working for the Big 4 accounting firms and being an in-house tax advisor. Benjamin has also worked with SMEs, multinational corporations, and publicly-listed companies from diverse industries, offering tax advisory and planning, corporate restructuring, M&A, business model optimization, tax ruling requests, tax incentives application, tax risk mitigation, and tax reporting services on complex projects.