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Guidelines for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to Registering a New Company in Singapore

In our other articles, we have covered on the guidelines on how to do a Singapore company incorporation if you are incorporating a foreign company.

While that may be a tedious task (to some), if you are a Singapore Citizen or a Permanent Resident of the Republic, the process will be easier and a walk in the park and this can be incorporated perfectly fine if it passes the regulation of the relevant government authority. In short, it is easy to do business in Singapore, and we at Paul Hype Page & Co are here to serve you all the way through.

Guidelines for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to Reg

Types of business structures that a Singapore citizen can register

  1. Sole proprietorship
  2. Partnership
  3. Limited Partnership
  4. Limited Liability Partnership
  5. Private Limited Company
  6. Public Listed Company

Company Registration and Compliance

Upon registration, your business entity must comply with the regulatory provisions of the Singapore Companies Act and any rules made under the Act.

Since you are a legal Singapore citizen, you can be the resident director of the company. in Singapore. An individuals must be at least 18 years of age to be appointed as a company director.

Disqualification of directorship will take into effect if the individual is:

  • Undercharged bankrupts (unless a permit has been obtained from the High Court or the Official Assignee)
  • Under disqualification orders made by the Court
  • Convicted of specified offenses or offenses involving fraud or dishonesty punishable with imprisonment for three months or more.

Guidelines for Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents to Registering a New Company in Singapore futureWhat do I have to know before I register my company in Singapore?

  1. Directors: You can be your company’s sole director. However, all directors must be a Singapore Citizen, a Singaporean Permanent Resident, a person who has been issued an EntrePass, Employment Pass, or Dependent Pass.
  2. Shareholders: You can have anywhere between 1-50 shareholders. The director and shareholder may not be the same person. After the company is incorporated, shares can be freely issued or transferred at any time.
  3. Paid-up Capital: This refers to the sum of money that a company has received from shareholders who have completely paid for their purchased shares. Minimum paid-up capital for registration of a Singapore company is SG$1.
  4. Registered Address: The address must be a physical residential or business address. However, it cannot be a post office box.
  5. Company Secretary: The qualified company secretary must be a Singapore resident. In this case, Paul Hype Page & Co is the right person to be your company secretary till you get your own.
  6. Corporate Tax: Pay no more than 8.5% tax on your first S$300,000 of annual profits and 17 % thereafter. Also, you can forget about dividend or capital gains taxes.


Documents required to register a Singapore company

  • Copy of Singapore IC
  • Company name
  • Brief description of business activities
  • Shareholders’ details
  • Local Directors’ details
  • Local Registered address
  • Company secretary particulars
  • Constitution of the company



Our state-of-the-art and pending patent ibizfile system mean you Singapore company registration can be done online, fast and easy.

Scope of Services We Provide

  • Name check and reservation
  • Preparation of memorandum & articles of the company and other incorporation documents
  • Preparation of registration forms
  • E-Certificate of incorporation
  • Preparation of compliance corporate kit, including corporate seal, share certificates, register and minutes book
  • Minutes of first board meeting
  • Resolution to open a bank account

Documents Required for Opening a Corporate Bank Account

  1. Completed corporate account opening forms (with registration number)
  2. Board of directors resolution approving the opening of the account and the signatories to the account
  3. Certified true copy of official certificate of incorporation (must be certified by the company secretary or one of the directors
  4. Certified true copy of company’s business profile from company Registrar
  5. Certified true copies of company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association (MAA)
  6. Certified true copies of Singapore IC and residential address, proof of directors, signatories, and ultimate beneficiary owners.

Point to take note for the Singapore Company name

To get your proposed company name approved quickly, make sure that the preferred name is is not identical or too similar to any existing local company names, and it does not infringe with any trademarks.

Also, the name must not be obscene or vulgar and also check that it is not already reserved.

An approved name will be reserved for 4 months from the date of application.

When your Singapore company has been incorporated, ACRA will send an official email notification to confirm it. The email notification includes the company registration number. This will be treated as the official certificate of incorporation in Singapore.

Besides the certificate of incorporation, you will also be able to obtain a PDF version of your company business profile by making a request online and paying a nominal application fee.

The company business profile contains:

  1. Company name and registration number
  2. Previous names for the company, if any
  3. Incorporation date
  4. Principal activities
  5. Paid-up capital
  6. Registered office address
  7. Shareholders’ details
  8. Directors’ details
  9. Company secretary details

If you have any more questions, contact us and let us guide you further.

Need more professional help?

Contact Paul and Hype Page Co.for a FREE consultation on how you can register a new company in Singapore.

We provide the following services:

  1. Instant online company registration in Singapore
  2. International tax planning and advice
  3. Professional company secretary service at affordable price

*For more details on filing Company’s annual returns, click here

Paul Hype Page & Co. is an ACRA-certified business adviser. Our team of seasoned professional can help you set up a company in Singapore very quickly and easily following all legal entities, and offer you sound advice on how to make it successful too.

In addition to business registration, we’ll also guide you how to:

  1. Write a business plan – Learn how to write a compelling business plan by accessing our sample business plans, or other helpful market research information
  2. Perform market research – Understand your business market, learn how it can enhance your business growth, and how to properly conduct a market research for your business
  3. Corporate Secretary Services – If you are registering a company in Singapore, you will need a Corporate Secretary. Corporate compliance in Singapore is a complex legal requirement for all Singapore registered companies. Our company secretarial team helps our clients and their officers to fulfil their statutory obligations in an efficient manner.
  4. Manage your finances – We’ll offer you the best resources and information to help you fully understand all financial concepts and teach you how to perform basic accounting tasks like budgeting, bookkeeping, financial analysis, among others

To further aid you, we have provided here a resource area with industry specific information and other industry resources to help you successfully start and run your business.

  1. Singapore Business Opportunities 
  2. Singapore Business Licences
  3. Singapore Tax Planning
  4. Singapore Company Incorporation
  5. Singapore Company Yearly Statutory Requirements
  6. Singapore Working Visa Guide

By Eric Eio
Managing Partner of Paul Hype Page & Co.

Eric was awarded an ACCA graduate in 2000 and also graduated from University of Sydney with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science & Accounting. Since graduation, he had worked in Big 4 as an auditor , including a one year overseas stint with Ernst & Young, Shanghai in 2005. He left his last appointment as an Audit Managerial position with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Singapore in 2008 before setting up his own Certified Public Accountant Practice – Paul Hype Page & Co. His firm is being selected to be one of the advisory panel for Singapore top 500 SME.