The Singapore Companies Act allows ACRA to strike a company off the Register if there is a reason to believe that a company has ceased operation or has fulfilled certain conditions.
Conditions for Striking Off
The ACRA will strike a company off the Register only if the company can meet the following conditions:
- The company has ceased operation;
- The company is not and will not be involved in any court proceedings, whether in or outside Singapore;
- The company has no assets and liabilities;
- The company has no outstanding penalties or offers of composition owing to ACRA and not indebted to other government departments; the company has no outstanding tax liabilities owing to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (“IRAS”);
- The company has no outstanding charges in its charge register eg. no mortgages etc.;
- None of the officers of the company have outstanding ACRA summonses.
What happens if the application is approved?
- A “striking-off notice” will be sent to the company at its registered office address, its directors at their residential address and IRAS, within 14 days of the receipt of the application;
- A period of 1 month is given in the “striking-off notice” to anyone that may wish to raise any objection to the application;
- After the 1 month period has expired, a notification of the intention to strike this company off the Register 3 months later will be made in the Government Gazette. Any interested person can still raise an objection to the application during this 3 months;
- After the 3 months have expired, a final notification will be made stating that the company has been struck off the Register. The date that the company is struck off will also be stated in the final notification.
- The entire striking off process will, therefore, take about 5 months.
What happens if the application is NOT approved?
If the application is not approved, it will be returned to the applicant so that the necessary changes can be made. The application can then be re-submitted for our consideration again.
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