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Financial Calendar 101: A Primer on Important Annual Economic Events

August 2020

The Lanturn Team

Running a company in Singapore involves meeting multiple compliance deadlines. To save you from the anxieties of last minute work, we’ve compiled a financial guide highlighting the important dates to save to your Economic Calendar events. At a glance, here is the timeline for a typical company. This assumes their Financial Year End (FYE) is 31st December.



Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI)

When: 3 months after FYE The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) requires an estimate of a company’s taxable income for the Year of Assessment (YA). Here’s what you need to provide:

  • Taxable income

  • Revenue

Click here to check if your company is exempted from filing an ECI

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

When:  Within 6 months after FYE AGM’s are critical for keeping your shareholders informed on your business operations. What you need to prepare:

  • Financial Statements

Note: The AGM notice needs to be disseminated to shareholders at least 14 days before the meeting itself.


Annual Return

When: 7 months (if not listed) after FYE The annual return is an electronic form that needs to be lodged with ACRA. It contains important particulars about the company, and must include:

  • Particulars of Directors, and the Corporate Secretary

  • Registered Address

  • Shareholder (s) Details

  • Date of AGM

  • Financial Statements

  • Information on where the register of controllers and nominee directors are kept

  • Financial Statements in XBRL Format (if required)

Chargeable Income (CI)

Your CI is your final tax calculation submitted to IRAS and is a much more complicated submission than the ECI. You’ll need to give IRAS details on your accounting profit, non-taxable income, and disallowed deductions, as well as any specific tax calculations required by the Income Tax Act. For more details, please click here.

The deadline for filing your CI is 30 November each year, as IRAS has phased out the option of paper filing your Chargeable Income from 2020.
Let us know if you’d like us to help submit your tax.

IMAGE: Financial calendar 101 – The Economic Calendar events

Goods and Services Tax

Depending on the revenue your business is expecting, you may need to file for GST. GST will apply if your business turnover is more than $1Million in the past 12 months, or if you expect the turnover to exceed $1Million. IRAS will drop a notification if you are required to file for GST. Subsequently, you’ll have to be registered for GST within 30 days of the notification. If you’re still unsure about the requirements and specifics of preparing for these milestones, drop us a message!

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