Singapore Business Services Overview
Setting up a business in Singapore
Singapore's tax structure favours enterprise and business, with one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the world. The aim is to attract foreign investment, encourage entrepreneurship and business development. A host of tax schemes and incentives are in place to help companies grow their businesses.
The personal income tax rates in Singapore are among the lowest in the world. The amount of tax payable depends on tax resident or non-resident status and income earned. Singapore taxes on a territorial basis of taxation. Only income derived in Singapore, or income derived overseas but received in Singapore are subject to tax. However, foreign income received in Singapore by non- residents is not subject to tax.
A tax resident:
A non-resident will be exempted from paying income tax if the employment period is 60 days or less in a calendar year However, this rule does not apply if to a director, public entertainer or exercising a profession in Singapore. Tax rate for employment income for non-resident individuals is 15% or resident rates, whichever gives rise to higher tax.
Property tax is imposed on owners of properties based on the expected rental values of the properties.
Estate duty is levied on the value of a deceased's net assets in excess of a threshold amount.
These are taxes, other than import duties, that are imposed on motor vehicles. These taxes are imposed to curb car ownership and road congestion.
Singapore is a free port and has relatively few excise and import duties. Excise duties are imposed principally on tobacco, petroleum products and liquors. Also, very few products are subjected to import duties. The duties are mainly on motor vehicles, tobacco, liquor and petroleum products.
GST is a tax on consumption. The tax is paid when money is spent on goods or services, including imports. A Goods and Service Tax (GST) of 7% is payable on the supply of goods and services, excluding financial services and the sale or lease of residential properties. The GST is also payable on goods imported into Singapore.
These are duties on private lottery, betting & sweepstake.