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Common penalties for companies in Singapore

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Now that you have a legal business in Singapore, it is important to operate within the legal boundaries.

According to the Singapore Companies Act, each company must comply with the annual filing requirements to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). Avoid penalties and legal repercussions by complying with the regulations.

Here is a summary table of common penalties for companies in Singapore:

Type of breachPenalties amount (SGD)
The AGM is held lateLate lodgement fee of of S$300
The AR is lodged late

Late lodgement fee of S$300 (for late lodgement filed within 3 months after filing due date)

Late lodgement fee of S$600 (for late lodgement filed more than 3 months after filing due date)

Late Lodgement Fees (other than late lodgement of annual return)Ranges between S$50 to S$350 (depending on the number of days late)
Late or non-filing of corporate income tax returnsComposition sum of up to $5,000

Revised Penalty Framework for Annual Lodgements

Starting April 30 2021, ACRA has implemented a new 2-tier penalty framework to encourage voluntary compliance.

Here’s what you need to know:

Entity typeLate lodgement penalty
Local companies

$300 for late lodgement filed within 3 months after filing due date; or

$600 for late lodgement filed more than 3 months after filing due date.

Variable Capital Companies (VCC)
Foreign companies
Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)

Refer to this article for more information on the revised penalty framework.

Late lodgement fees

Businesses have to comply with several statutory obligations under the Companies Act 1967 Some of these requirements stipulate that companies or its board of directors have to lodge notifications with ACRA on changes made in the company such as change of registered business address, appointment or resignation of directors and even change of particulars of an officer.

When a business fails to meet the requirements, ACRA will require companies to pay penalties for late filing. In addition to late filing penalties, any breach of the Companies Act 1967 will result in the company and/or its officers to be guilty of an offense.

ACRA may choose to take enforcement action on offenders and require them to pay a composition fine and/or even imprisonment for serious offenses.

As such, it is important to bear in mind that a composition sum is not identical to a late lodgement fee; both fees can be incurred for one breach. Learn more about composition sums and late lodgement fees against companies and directors for annual return filing breaches.

Additionally, the late lodgement fees payable by your business is also dependent on the number of days in default from your financial year end. You may access further information of the penalty amounts here.

Final thoughts

Should your business fail to hold an AGM, miss the deadline to file financial reports, or file changes in the company’s information, it is at risk of suffering fines, summons, and various other penalties.

At Sleek, our team of experts can help with all of your required filing requirements. This way, you can focus on growing your business while we keep everything compliant.

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