Goods and Services Tax or GST is also known as Value Added Tax or VAT in some countries. In Singapore, a fixed 7% GST is levy on the import of all goods and services. GST is collected by suppliers of domestic goods and services who are registered with the Comptroller of GST.
When you are importing goods into Singapore by post or courier, you will incur GST as long as the amount hits more than $400. GST calculation is based on Cost, Freight and Insurance.
When you are importing goods in huge quantity, you must activate your Custom Account and apply for Inter-Bank Giro so that duties, taxes, fees, penalties and other charges will be directly deducted from your bank account.
Most financial services, the sale and lease of residential properties, and the importation and local supply of investment precious metals can be exempted from GST. Export of goods and international services are not subject to GST.
It is compulsory for you to register for GST with IRAS, if your annual taxable supplies exceed $1 million. GST registration is also required in the previous quarters the same condition existed where taxable supplies has exceeded S$1 million for a year.
GST registration can be done voluntary, if your annual taxable supplies is below $1 million. You would need to consider the pro and cons carefully as you cannot de-registered as a GST company easily.
GST comptroller will approve voluntary registration based on case-by case basis. Once GST registration is approved, the company must stay registered for a minimum of 2 years. Company who fails to submit the GST filing on a timely basis will be fine and charge according to the regulation.
Your company must issue Tax invoice which shows UEN reference number. Tax invoices and records must be properly kept for GST audit even after the financial year end. When you are preparing the invoices, please enter the supplies amount and add the prevailing tax rate which is known as Output Tax.
The GST that you incur on business purchases and expenses is known as input tax. There are many GST rules regulating the ability to claim input tax on your business purchases and expenses. Customers must keep all the original receipts with UEN and full company name mentioned on the invoice.
|GST Accounting Period||Filing Due Date||Payment Due|
|Jan to Mar||30 Apr||15 May|
|Apr to Jun||31 Jul||15 Aug|
|Jul to Sept||31 Oct||15 Nov|
|Oct to Dec||31 Jan||15 Feb|
Important GST Date
*(Note: GST F5 Computation and Filing is inclusive in our Cloud Accounting Packages)