Audit exemption for small companies

A new small company concept was introduced in Singapore to exempt small companies from statutory audit requirements. It applies with respect to financial statements for a financial year commencing on or after 1 July 2015.


The qualifying criteria are as follows:

  1. The entity is a private company
  2. The entity must meet at least 2 of 3 quantitative criteria for the immediate past two financial years:
  • total annual revenue ≤ $10m
  • total assets ≤ $10m
  • no. of employees ≤ 50

Therefore, this helps to reduce the regulatory burden on small companies.

Get in touch with your company secretary to know more!


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(a) perform additional customer due diligence measures when a customer is not physically present during onboarding;

(b) inquiring if there exists any beneficial owner in relation to some of its customers; and

(c) perform risk assessments i

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RQIs and RFAs who breach their statutory obligations may be subject to enforcement actions, such as financial penalties of up to $10,000 or $25,000 per breach respectively or have their registrations with ACRA suspended or cancelled.

Therefore, RQIs and RFAs play an important role in helping to detect and combat illicit activities.

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