Once you have decided to set up a representative office in Singapore, the following checklist will help you understand the key requirements and the overall registration process of a representative office.

The representative office registration approval process is a fairly straight forward process. Certain conditions must be met before the Singapore agency will register the Rep office.

SINGAPORE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Sales Turnover of the foreign entity must be above  US$250,000
  • No. of years of establishment of the foreign entity must be at least 3 years
  • Proposed No. of staff for RO should be not more than  5 people

A Singapore Representative Office

  • is prohibited from concluding contracts, negotiating or opening a Letter of Credit, getting involved in trading, leasing a warehouse, etc.;
  • can only engage in activities such as conducting market research and feasibility studies.
  • has no legal status and it is merely an extension of the foreign company.

Setting-up Requirements for Representative office in Singapore

  • 1 Corporate Shareholder + 1 Chief Representative
  • A Registered Office Address in Singapore
Proposed Representative office Name Approval from IE
  • The proposed name of your Singapore Representative office name must be approved by the International Enterprise Singapore prior to registration.
Chief Representative
  • One Chief Representative
Registered Address
  • The Representative office must have a local registered address.
  • P.O Box address is not allowed.

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Corporate Bank Account Opening for Representative Office We will assist you with opening a corporate bank account for your Singapore Representative office after the incorporation.
Registration requirements and documents required for Representative office setup
  • Completed application form
  • Copy of the parent Company’s Certificate of Incorporation
  • Copy of the parent company’s latest audited accounts
  • Endorsed and signed statement to abide by the Terms and Conditions governing the representative offices in Singapore
Work pass application for the Chief Representative staff
  • Upon approval of the representative office registration, file employment pass application for the staff member (from the head office) who will be relocating to Singapore.

TAXATION OF SINGAPORE REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE

A Singapore Representative office cannot engage in commercial revenue-generating activities, and therefore need not file for annual tax returns. However, income earned by the staff of the Representative Office including the Chief Representative is subject to Singapore personal income tax.