Branches in Singapore are considered non-residents for tax purposes and they are not treated as a separate legal entity from the parent company abroad.
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The taxation of branches in Singapore is performed according to the local corporate income tax laws. One of our accountants in Singapore can give you complete information about the taxation principles for this type of business form.
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Branch taxation in Singapore
The profits derived by a branch in Singapore are taxed at the same rate as those derived by a subsidiary. The corporate tax rate for branches is 17% and a partial exemption applies in the first 300,000 SGD of chargeable income.
Branches generally benefit from lighter accounting and reporting requirements. Nevertheless, they must file financial statements, which are audited on an annual basis, and income statements for their operations conducted in Singapore. The branch does not have to keep statutory registers.
In case you need more details about the taxes that must be paid for a branch office or if you need other accounting services, such as payroll in Singapore or GST registration services, you can rely on our team of Singapore accountants.
The status of a branch in Singapore
The branch of a foreign company in Singapore is not a separate legal entity from the foreign company (head office) abroad. This means that the foreign legal entity is fully liable for the debts and obligations of its Singapore branch.
Apart from the taxes on corporate income, when opening a branch in Singapore, investors need to pay a registration fee and handle all other costs related to company incorporation.
Our accounting firm in Singapore can help you with complete information on the tax treatment of a branch. These types of establishments may be treated as a Singapore tax resident if they submit a special application for a Certificate of Residence to the Internal Revenue Authority of Singapore. This is done in order to prove that the applicant (company) is a tax resident.
In case you need the help of an audit firm in Singapore, you can rely on our accountants.
Foreign corporations that are interested in setting up their operations in Singapore can explore more options for company incorporation. The subsidiary has different characteristics compared to the branch and may benefit from different tax incentives.
Contact us for complete accounting services in Singapore or if you have any questions on the taxation of branches.