Location South East Asia.
Time Zone Greenwich Mean Time + 8.
Population 5.4 million
Capital Singapore.
Airport Changi International Airport.
Language English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
Currency Singapore dollars.
Dialing Code +65.
Centre's Expertise Financial services, international banking, international holding companies, captive insurance, fund management, trustee services.
Political System Democracy.
Legal System Based on English common Law.
Personal Income Tax 0–20%.
Corporate Income Tax 17%.
Exchange Restrictions No.
Tax Treaties For full details, please go to
Permitted Currencies All currencies.
Minimum Authorised Capital No requirement.
Minimum Share Issues One ordinary share (no par value).
Shelf Companies No, but companies can be incorporated within one day.
Incorporation Time Scale One day turnaround unless approval or review is needed from other authorities.
Incorporation Fees $300 (Singapore dollars) for a company limited by shares. $600 (Singapore dollars) for a company limited by guarantee.
Annual Fees No annual fees, nominal filing fees
Minimum Number One.
Residency Requirements At least one director.
Corporate Directors No.
Meetings/Frequency None, unless required by the company.
Disclosure Yes.
Bearer Shares Not permitted.
Minimum Number One.
Public Share Registry Yes.
Meetings Frequency Annual.
Annual Return Yes.
Audit Requirements Yes, unless the company qualifies for audit exemption.
Registered Office Singapore.
Domicile Issues Re-domiciliation is not permitted.
Company Naming Restrictions Names of sensitive nature or similar to statutory boards or government departments are not permitted. Names indicating activities related to banking, trust and certain activities require licencing or prior approval of certain statutory boards.
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  Singapore Tax Treaties
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