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30th April is the Due Date for GST Filing for the Accounting Period January-March

Last modified: June 2, 2016
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GST FilingStanding at a current rate of 7%, GST or goods and services tax Singapore, applied to the selling price of goods and services, has helped the Singaporean economy maintain its international competitiveness. It is a type of tax which is charged to the end consumer, and therefore does not become a cost to the company. The business merely becomes a vehicle for collecting tax from the consumer and passing it over to the Singapore taxation authority.

There are two types of GST registration; compulsory and voluntarily. You have to file for GST compulsorily when turnover of your business is more than S$1 million for the last 12 months, and when you predict that the business turnover can exceed S$1 million for the next 12 months.

If you don’t qualify for compulsory registration, you can instruct your accounting services provider to go in for voluntary registration. You can apply for voluntarily registration when your company’s annual income is less than S$1 million or when you supply goods outside Singapore. Even if you have no business activity, you have to file a ‘nil’ GST.

You will need to e-file your GST returns and pay the taxes by the due dates. The due dates are always one month after the end of the accounting period.  An accounting period is usually o quarter. Given below is a table that shows the due date for each quarter.

GST Accounting PeriodGST Filing Due Date
January-MarchApril 30
April-JuneJuly 31
July-SeptemberOctober 31
October-DecemberJanuary 31

It is mandatory that you should complete the GST filing process by the due date. If you fail to do so, you may be subjected to penalties.  Penalties can range from late submission fees to issuance of an arrest warrant. Extension of deadline is a provision that can be provided, but it is only for newly registered businesses.  You can also get in touch with a Singapore taxation services provider in Singapore for your GST filing needs.

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