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Singapore Offshore Company

A Singapore offshore company formation called a Private Limited Company is one of the most sought after corporate structures in the world due to the jurisdiction's supportive corporate laws, tax incentives, and strong financial center.

Singapore is often referred to as an offshore jurisdiction because of its low tax-rates even though Singapore corporate law makes no distinction between on-shore and off-shore company structures. All companies are incorporated through the Singapore Companies Act Chapter 50 and are regulated by the Singapore Accounting and Regulatory Authority (ACRA).

Singapore has an outstanding reputation thanks for its ease of doing business, economic freedom and rule of law, making it a highly sought-after jurisdiction making it one of the leading Asian cities.

Singapore boasts as having one of the strongest banking systems in the world and as a result is home to many international branches and multinational companies thanks in-part to the jurisdictions numerous incentives that among them give tax-breaks to foreign branch and company headquarter offices.

The jurisdiction operates of a territorial tax-based system, allowing 100% foreign ownership of companies and gives a number of exemptions to newly formed companies. Income that is repatriated from abroad is not subjected to local taxation.

Offshore Companies are also free from any capital gains and dividends tax if companies retain non-resident status. Singapore companies have the comfort of being regulated in a legal system that has very defined corporate laws and norms of conduct, as well as a strong regulatory framework, giving companies access to it wide range of Double Taxation Treaties.

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Advantages of a Singapore Offshore Company

  • No paid in-capital
  • Quick and easy registration process
  • Offers extensive tax incentives
  • Access to Double Taxation Treaties S
  • Shelf companies and nominee services permitted
  • Key financial hub in Asia Considered the Switzerland of Asia
  • Strong banking and financial sectors
  • International banks have branches or headquarters
  • Strict legal and corporate laws
  • Highly regarded jurisdiction
  • Separate legal entity Great environment for entrepreneurs and SME's No taxation of any kind of foreign-sourced income
  • Rated one of the easiest place to do business in the world
  • Best business environment in Asia Pacific
  • Global innovation #5 in the world according to Economist Intelligence Unit
  • Rule of law is respected
  • Economic freedom index rated #1 in Asia #1 in achieving human capital Global Innovation Index 2018
  • Has been rated as one of the worlds most competitive economies
  • #3 in the world for best Intellectual Property (IP) protection: Global Competitiveness Report 2018
  • One of the least corrupt governments and economies in the world


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Top Uses

  • Offshore Savings
  • International Holding Company
  • Financial Corporation
  • E-Commerce Business
  • Investment structure for access to other Asian developing economies

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Key Corporate Features

Cook Islands Company Corporate Details
Type of Entity Private Limited Company
Type of Law Common Law
Governed by Singapore Companies Act, Chapter 50
Registered Office in Cook Islands Yes
Shelf company availability Yes
Our time to establish a new company 1 week
Minimum government fees (excluding taxation) SGD 300
Corporate Taxation 0% foreign income exemption
Access to Double Taxation Treaties Yes 
Share capital or equivalent  
Standard currency SGD 
Permitted currencies Any
Minimum paid up SGD 1
Usual authorized SGD 1,000
Bearer shares allowed No
No par value shares allowed No
Minimum number One
Local required Yes
Publicly accessible records Yes
Location of meetings Anywhere
Corporate directorship allowed No
Minimum number One
Publicly accessible records Yes
Corporate shareholder allowed Yes
Location of meetings Anywhere
Company Secretary  
Required Yes
Local or qualified Yes
Requirements to prepare Yes
Audit requirements No (see below*)
Requirements to file accounts Yes
Publicly accessible accounts Yes
Recurring Government Costs  
Minimum Annual Tax SGD 300
Annual Return Filing Fee SGD 60
Requirement to file annual return Yes
Migration of domicile permitted Yes

*AUDIT AND FINANCIAL RETURNS For companies with annual turnover over SGD 5 million, annual audited accounts are required to be filed by a qualified Singapore auditor and filed with the Singapore Registry. However, companies are exempt if they have less than 20 members, are individuals and not corporations and have a turnover of less than SGD 5 million

**TAXATION Exempt companies receive 0% taxation on all foreign-sourced income or if taxes have already been levied and paid in another jurisdiction. Assets are only taxed if no taxes have been levied on the assets and only when it is repatriated into Singapore. Passive foreign income stored in a holding company for example is not taxed.

Package Includes

  1. Government Registration Fee (First year)
  2. Registered Office Address (First year)
  3. Registered Agent Services (First year)
  4. Company Secretarial Maintenance
  5. Certificate of Organisation
  6. Articles of Organisation
  7. Minutes of First Organisers Meeting
  8. Ownership Certificates
  9. Register of Members
  10. FREE Phone and/or email consultations

Corporate Document Requirements

A Singapore company formation requires the following information to begin the application process:

  • Company Name
  • Name and address of Director(s) and Shareholder(s)
  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Address of local registered office
  • Company secretary details
  • Business Plan
  • If necessary other KYC details

Corporate Taxation 

Singapore Private Limited Companies enjoy attractive tax exemptions and incentives. Singapore has a territorial-based taxes system.

For non-resident companies that have there income coming from foreign sources are between 9-17% with a number of exemptions for startups, for small businesses and for certain sectors.

See a qualified Singapore accountant to be sure of the current taxation and reporting requirements for local resident companies.

Corporate Details

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Anonymity, Confidentiality and Disclosure

All names and details of Directors, Shareholders, and Beneficial must be publicly available. Accounts must be filed and is made public. However, a Singapore company can used nominee services if an owner wishes to remain confidential.

Company Shares

A Singapore Company offers the ability to have many different types of shares, however, one can not use bearer shares and no par value shares.

Required Capital

The usual authorized capital is SGD 1,000. The minimum capital requirement needed to establish a Singapore Company is SGD 1.

Financial Statements required

Financial statements are required for all Singapore corporations.


One Director is required for a Singapore company. There must be one local resident Director though the local director can be given limited powers so that you the owner can be instituted with power of management as the beneficial owner and Director. Corporate shareholders are not allowed.

Company Secretary

A company secretary is required who must be a person and a resident of Singapore.

Company Meetings

Company meetings are required but they can take place anywhere in the world.


Principal Corporate Legislation

There is one corporate legislation that covers all Singapore companies, for both onshore and offshore companies and is the Singapore Companies Act, Chapter 50.


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Type of Law

Singapore is based on a Common Law system.


A Singapore Private Limited Company requires there be a minimum of 1 shareholder. The shareholder can be an individual or a corporate body. 

Trading Restrictions

A Singapore company has restrictions on doing business within certain financial and business industries that require a license. If a company does business within the jurisdiction then it must pay local corporate taxes.

Exchange Controls

There are no exchange controls in Singapore

Powers of the Company

A Singapore Private Limited Company has all of the same rights and privileges as a legal person


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Audit Requirements

A Company may be free of any audit requirements if it meets these conditions:

For companies with annual turnover over SGD 5 million, annual audited accounts are required to be filed by a qualified Singapore auditor and filed with the Singapore Registry. However, companies are exempt if they have less than 20 members, are individuals and not corporations and have a turnover of less than SGD 5 million 

Annual Reporting

A company must annually submit its accounts to the Singapore Register

Shelf Companies available

Yes Shelf Companies are available

Time required to form an offshore company

5 Business Days

Name Restrictions

A company must not use a name that is already in use that is identical or similar to a name already used by another company. A company should not use the word 'bank' or 'education' or use any words that are considered offensive.

Names of Company requiring a special licence or permission

A Company must seek prior approval or licence if its company name uses the word bank, building society, insurance, assurance, investment, trust, trustee, or finance etc…

Government Tax

SGD 300

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***Please Note: If you are a resident of a country that is a signatory of the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) (or a US citizen) your tax reduction possibilities are limited. Due FATCA, CRS, and CFC laws you may not be able to completely eliminate your taxes without moving your residence. While opening an offshore company can increase privacy and asset protection, your tax obligations remans tied to your ownership of overseas entities. Offshore company's are often not taxed in the country where they are incorporated, rather you as the owner are obligated to pay taxes in the country where you reside. Please make sure you know your tax obligations, as we are not tax advisors. Please seek a local tax professional for help regarding your situation. 

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