Singapore: Domestic Corporate Taxation
Goods and Services Tax
Companies must register for goods and services tax (GST) if their turnover for the previous 12 months exceeds SGD1m, or if the business reasonably expects its turnover will exceed SGD1m over the following 12 months. Voluntary registration is permitted, for example where the company intends to make taxable supplies, only supplies goods outside Singapore, or makes exempt supplies of financial services that are also deemed to be international services. A foreign company registering for GST must appoint a Singaporean agent to act on its behalf on all its GST matters, including the accounting and payment of GST.
The standard rate of GST is 7%, and applies to most sales of goods and services made in Singapore. Exports and related international services are zero-rated. Financial services and the sale or lease of residential properties are exempt from GST.