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GST is a Goods and Services tax, or value-added tax. GST registration in Singapore is compulsory if your company’s turnover is over S$1 million a year. The GST rate is 7%. The GST rate for the goods and services you sell to someone outside Singapore is 0%.
A voluntary GST registration is also an option and might bring you perks. From 2020, GST is applied not only to the goods and services rendered in Singapore but also to some of those coming and going from overseas.
Outsourcing bookkeeping and accounting can minimise the risk of missing the GST changes. It also helps you grasp the requirements and choose the most beneficial scenario for your particular type of business when dealing with GST.
How does a company charge GST?
You add 7% to the sum you charge the customer for your goods or services and then pay it to Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). For example, if your product costs S$50, you sell it for S$53,5, then you pay S$3,5 to the government.
What goods and services are subject to GST?
Singapore applies GST to most goods and services, except:
- Sale or rental of unfurnished residential property
- Importation or local supply of investment precious metals
- Financial services, like issuing a debt security
- Services with digital payment tokens like Bitcoin
Does a company need to pay GST for services it gets?
When you buy goods or services, and you pay the sum with GST already included by the supplier.
However, you can refund GST when filing your tax return. Let’s say you buy products for S$100 (7% GST included, that is S$7). You use them and get a profit of S$1,000. You must pay S$70 as GST. You can claim the initial S$7 you paid (S$70 – S$7) and pay S$63 of GST to the government.
When does a company have to pay GST?
You file GST once a quarter, no longer than 30 days after the reporting period ends. Even if your company has nothing to report, but it is GST-registred, you should file a ‘nil’ return.
What is new with GST in 2020?
Certain services from foreign-based providers have become GST-charged from 2020.
What are the benefits for a voluntary GST registration?
If you buy inside Singapore, but mostly sell overseas, a voluntary GST registration might reduce the running costs of your company.
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How can I check a GST registration number in Singapore?
In Singapore you can check a company’s GST registration number online. Go to the Inland Revenue Authority in Singapore (IRAS) website and type in the company’s details. You can check one company using its name or up to 4 companies that you have UEN number, GST registration number, or NRIC.
What is GST registration?
GST registration is informing the Singapore government that your company will now pay Goods and Services Tax. Only companies that make S$1M in revenue a year or more have to pay GST. So once you’ve reached the mark, you need to let the Inland Revenue Authority in Singapore (IRAS) know.
To register, you need to fill in the GST F1 form and submit it to IRAS. You’ll have to prepare quite a lot of paperwork (see the detailed checklist on IRAS website). If you hire Osome, we’ll take care of all the documents for you.
Is GST registration mandatory in Singapore?
GST registration is mandatory if your company’s annual revenue has reached S$1M or is going to reach that mark soon. If your company makes less, the registration is up to you: there’s a process in place for voluntary GST registration. In some cases, voluntary registration makes more sense and can actually help you save on taxes.
Who needs GST registration?
- Companies that have reached S$1M in annual revenue.
- Companies that can forecast reaching S$1M in annual revenue soon.
- Companies that buy in Singapore a lot and sell mostly overseas, as they might benefit from claiming back more GST they paid.
How long does GST registration take?
The registration itself takes 10 working days from submitting the GST application form to getting the GST number. But preparing all the paperwork necessary to apply may take time. The list of required documents is extensive, and you even have to attach proof that you’ve completed an IRAS educational course on GST.
Keep in mind that once your company has it the S$1M annual revenue mark, you have 30 days to register for GST. We advise you to plan ahead and file for voluntary registration a bit earlier.