A guide to Bookkeeping Basics

For a start, it is important to note that bookkeeping is not the same as accounting. Bookkeeping is the first step to doing proper accounting. The main concept of bookkeeping is the tracking of a general ledger. A bookkeeper will record monies that come in and out of a company in a ledger. A ledger [...]

By |2021-04-05T14:17:49+08:00April 5th, 2021|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

A guide to Singapore Personal Income Taxes

The personal income tax rates in Singapore are progressive. Here is a guide to which income types are taxable and which are not. Here are some key features of Singapore's personal income tax system. Singapore's personal income tax system has a progressive tax structure for residents. The tax rates start at 0% and tops out [...]

By |2021-03-31T17:55:36+08:00March 31st, 2021|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

What are the consequences of not paying my taxes?

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) imposes penalties on individuals and companies who do not pay their taxes or delay paying their taxes (i.e. pay their taxes late). Taxes should be paid one month from the Notice of Assessment (NOA) before the due date.   For companies The penalties that can be levied on [...]

By |2021-03-22T12:50:13+08:00March 22nd, 2021|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

How much personal income tax do I need to pay if I am an Employment Pass holder?

If you are issued with a work pass that is valid for at least one year, you will be treated as a tax resident of Singapore upfront. This means that upon you receiving the work pass, you will be considered a Singapore tax resident. However, if you stay in Singapore for less than 183 days, [...]

By |2021-02-19T12:48:15+08:00February 19th, 2021|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

What is the Singapore Financial Reporting Standards?

The Singapore Financial Reporting Standards (SFRS) is the Financial Reporting Standards that Singapore adopts. Financial Reporting Standards prescribe the methods of recognition, measurement, presentation and disclosure requirements for transactions and events that are used for reporting. The SFRS is based on the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). [...]

By |2021-01-26T17:25:30+08:00January 26th, 2021|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

Who needs to file corporate tax for YA 2020?

The corporate tax filing deadline is upon us. The deadline to file corporate tax for the Year of Assessment 2020 (YA2020) is 15th of December 2020.  There is no hardcopy filing and all corporate taxes are to be e-filed. Do not confuse the corporate tax filing season which occurs at the end of every year [...]

By |2020-12-03T16:46:15+08:00December 3rd, 2020|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL, Questions and Answers|

Should I register for GST voluntarily?

Your business entity may register for voluntary GST registration if you produce one or more of the following goods and services: Taxable Supplies Out of Scope Supplies Financial Services (which are deemed Exempt Supplies) To register the business entity for GST registration, the company director or sole proprietor must complete the following IRAS e-learning courses [...]

By |2020-11-29T23:50:11+08:00November 29th, 2020|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

How to treat Business Losses in Singapore

When it comes to running a business, the main goal usually is to maximize profits. However, due to economic uncertainty as well as weak demand due to the current pandemic, many companies may find that they will incur losses. Here is the treatment of possible losses for Singapore companies.   Treatment of losses on a [...]

By |2020-11-24T16:10:54+08:00November 24th, 2020|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

What is an Exempt Supply and Out of Scope supply?

This is in reference to Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Singapore. An exempt supply has two categories. The sale and lease of residential land and transactions of financial services. It is important to note that the input tax incurred in making exempt supplies is not claimable. Out of scope supplies refers to supplies which [...]

By |2020-11-12T12:16:23+08:00November 12th, 2020|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|

What is a Taxable Supply and Zero Rated Supply?

This is in reference to Goods and Services Tax (GST) in Singapore. A taxable supply is a supply of goods and services made in Singapore that is subject to GST. A taxable supply can either be standard rated (the current GST rate is 7%) or zero-rated supply. Most goods and services in Singapore are standard [...]

By |2020-11-12T10:32:47+08:00November 12th, 2020|Accounting Bookkeeping Tax and XBRL|
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