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What Is a Register of Controllers and Why Singapore Companies Now Have To Submit This Document
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What Is a Register of Controllers and Why Singapore Companies Now Have To Submit This Document

In April 2020, Singapore businesses will have to submit the Register for Registrable Controllers to ACRA. Before, your company was only obliged to maintain it internally. Now you will have to file the Register with ACRA electronically and maintain it updated at all times.

What To Do If I Want To Change My Company Name And Information?
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What To Do If I Want To Change My Company Name And Information?

If you want to change your company name, it’s relatively easy to do so in Hong Kong. And if there are other changes happening in your company - such as change in registered office address, new company director or secretary - you have 15 days to report these changes to the Companies Registry.

How To Hold Annual General Meeting
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How To Hold Annual General Meeting

The phrase “annual general meeting” (AGM) may conjure in your head an image of a hall filled with agitated shareholders grilling a row of executives seated on stage with difficult questions about the business, thanks to media coverage of AGMs in listed companies.

How To Change My Singapore Company’s Name?
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How To Change My Singapore Company’s Name?

There might come a point when the name you chose for your company during incorporation no longer fits where you want it to go. Often an application to ACRA to change your company name might be more efficient and cheaper, too.

Deadlines To Keep In Mind To Stay a Compliant Company in Hong Kong
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Deadlines To Keep In Mind To Stay a Compliant Company in Hong Kong

Tax and filing deadlines are the bane for many company directors, but we can be fairly certain they’re here to stay. Whether you’re a Type A (“Deadlines are easy!”) or Type B (“When is my next deadline?!”) entrepreneur, we’ve put together this handy guide for you.

Annual Return Filing Dates To Take Note of for New Business Owners
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Annual Return Filing Dates To Take Note of for New Business Owners

New business owners or even company officers may not be familiar with the necessary paperwork to deliver to local authorities for annual requirements. Everything is new. Starting a business in Hong Kong is already so tough and now there is paperwork to deliver to be compliant?

How To Convert A Private Limited Company Into A Public Limited Company
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How To Convert A Private Limited Company Into A Public Limited Company

While the public limited company structure shares some similarities with the private limited company structure, its features make it more ideal for large businesses.

Filing Requirements to ACRA and IRAS: What All SG Companies Need To Know
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Filing Requirements to ACRA and IRAS: What All SG Companies Need To Know

Every year, Singapore companies are required to file their annual returns and tax returns to two government agencies – the Accounting Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) and Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS).

Penalties for Not Filing These 5 Documents on Time
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Penalties for Not Filing These 5 Documents on Time

There are penalties that a company must pay if any of the information or documents are not given to ACRA or IRAS as a company.

What New Founders in Hong Kong Need To Know About Annual Financial Reporting Obligations
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What New Founders in Hong Kong Need To Know About Annual Financial Reporting Obligations

Companies must prepare financial statements and have them audited every year, with those financial statements being included with their annual tax filing. Find out more.

A Guide to Articles of Association in Hong Kong
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A Guide to Articles of Association in Hong Kong

An Articles of Association (AA) must be submitted if you wish to be registered as an entity in Hong Kong, regardless of entity type. Here’s how to prepare it.

What New Business Owners Need To Know About Companies Ordinance
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What New Business Owners Need To Know About Companies Ordinance

In Hong Kong, the Companies Ordinance creates a legal framework for companies to be incorporated and operate. As your company would need to adhere to it, find out what it’s about.

Things To Note When Issuing Shares in Hong Kong
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Things To Note When Issuing Shares in Hong Kong

If you plan to increase your company’s capital by selling part of your company through the issue of shares, there is some administrative work you need to do for existing and potential shareholders.

A Guide to Issuing Share Certificates for Singapore Companies
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A Guide to Issuing Share Certificates for Singapore Companies

If you are starting a new company, you will need to issue a share certificate when your company is being incorporated. This article will go through the information you need to prepare this document.

Choosing a Financial Year End Date for My Singapore Company
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Choosing a Financial Year End Date for My Singapore Company

When you incorporate, you need to choose your financial year end date which determines when your corporate filings and taxes are due. Read on to find out how to choose the date for your company.

How to Change My Hong Kong Company’s Registry Address
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How to Change My Hong Kong Company’s Registry Address

You may have started your business in Hong Kong for a few years or you’re considering moving to another location due to a high rental cost of your current registered address.So, maybe now it’s time for you to change your company registered address.

Why You Need a Company Secretary for Your Hong Kong Business
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Why You Need a Company Secretary for Your Hong Kong Business

Since a company secretary is a must, find out why you need one, what their roles are and how best to choose one.

Changing My Company’s Financial Year End
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Changing My Company’s Financial Year End

If your current financial year end date was not chosen by you, or you want to streamline the date with your parent company, you may want to read this.

Minimum Salary Raised for Employment Pass and S Pass in Sep & Dec 2020
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Minimum Salary Raised for Employment Pass and S Pass in Sep & Dec 2020

Find out what an Employment Pass is, what an S Pass is, and what are the new rules to get one for your company’s staff

Corporate Secretary: What Are Their Roles and Do You Need One?
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Corporate Secretary: What Are Their Roles and Do You Need One?

After incorporating your company, you could benefit from having a corporate secretary around. Find out if you really need one.

What’s Next After Incorporation? 12 Things To Do
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What’s Next After Incorporation? 12 Things To Do

There is more work you’ll need to do after opening a company. Here are 12 tasks you should do within your first year after registering your company.

Selecting a Financial Year End for Your New Company
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Selecting a Financial Year End for Your New Company

Your financial year end affects how you do your accounting and tax submissions. So how do you decide? Read on.

What Does the Electronic Transactions Act Mean for Entrepreneurs?
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What Does the Electronic Transactions Act Mean for Entrepreneurs?

What do the Electronic Transactions mean for businesses and SMEs? We go through 4 things that entrepreneurs should take a close look at.

PDPA & GDPR: Does My Company Need to Comply?
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PDPA & GDPR: Does My Company Need to Comply?

Does the PDPA apply to my company? What about the GDPR? Ease your worries and read through this guide to tell it to you straight, with examples.

Filing Your Annual Return in Hong Kong: A Quick Guide
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Filing Your Annual Return in Hong Kong: A Quick Guide

Want to learn more about company annual return filing to Companies Registry in Hong Kong? Let's get you familiar with all the important details.

Company or Common Seal in Hong Kong: Does Your Company Need it?
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Company or Common Seal in Hong Kong: Does Your Company Need it?

A comprehensive guide to common seal in Hong Kong and whether your company needs it.

How Hong Kong Collects Information About  Company Ownership
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How Hong Kong Collects Information About Company Ownership

Every Hong Kong company keeps records about the people and businesses who own it and influence its decisions. Those records make up the Significant Controllers Register (SCR). The authorities can ask for them at any moment.

How to Verify a Company in Singapore
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How to Verify a Company in Singapore

When you find a new partner or a new client, you may want to check the counterparty's reliability. Luckily, there’s a tool to verify companies that small and medium-sized businesses can use for free. Let’s take a closer look at it.

How Does ACRA's BizFile Work in Singapore?
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How Does ACRA's BizFile Work in Singapore?

As a Singapore entrepreneur, you, or more likely, your Corporate secretary, are going to interact with Bizfile regularly. Residents can access the directory themselves while foreigners need to hire an agent to do that for them. Here are some of the major activities your business might need

How to Report About Your Business Activity Type
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How to Report About Your Business Activity Type

As a rule, people starting companies already know what they’ll be doing. The authorities want to know, too, so they ask every entrepreneur about it. Let’s figure out how to decide on the answer and what rules to follow.

70% of Entrepreneurs Prefer to Check in via MyInfo for Incorporation and Secretarial Services
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70% of Entrepreneurs Prefer to Check in via MyInfo for Incorporation and Secretarial Services

Osome has integrated MyInfo to provide SingPass holders with a one-step business formation process, and two-thirds of their clientele use the new feature

How not to Hold Annual General Meetings
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How not to Hold Annual General Meetings

Annual General Meetings are important. Firstly, they are compulsory. Secondly, vital subjects are discussed there: during AGMs, shareholders approve financial statements. Without the shareholders’ approval, your business can’t meet the filing requirements.

Roles and Responsibilities of Company Secretary in Singapore
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Roles and Responsibilities of Company Secretary in Singapore

The Company Secretary is responsible for your Singapore business compliance. You must appoint one within 6 months after incorporation.

How to Change Corporate Secretary?
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How to Change Corporate Secretary?

There are several red flags that tell you your current Corporate Secretary is not doing a good job: you have to wait for an answer for days, and follow up with reminders. You do not receive advice on regulation, and when you do it’s often unclear. You're unhappy with the price you pay.

How Do Dividends Work in Singapore?
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How Do Dividends Work in Singapore?

You’ve made a profit and thinking about paying it out to shareholders. Here’s all you need to know about dividends in Singapore

What are Company Secretary Job Responsibilities?
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What are Company Secretary Job Responsibilities?

A Corporate Secretary is an officer of the company responsible for internal compliance and all necessary documents required by law. Once you’ve set up a company, you have 6 months to find

How and Why Can I Convert a Sole Proprietorship into a Private Limited Company in Singapore?
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How and Why Can I Convert a Sole Proprietorship into a Private Limited Company in Singapore?

It makes sense to convert when you see that your business is doing very well. A Sole Proprietorship is a great way to test ideas. Once you know you’re going to stick

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