Should I register a LLP or a PTE LTD? This is possibly one of the most common topics that comes up when applicants wishes to register a company in Singapore. The first thing you have to do is to understand the difference between these two business entities. Limited Liability Partnership or LLP for short, allows business owners to have the adaptability of conducting as a partnership while having a separated legal identity like PTE LTD. Speaking of Private Limited, it is a company limited by shares. Without further ado, let us now take a closer look at these two business entities shall we?
The two main differences between these two business vehicles are: taxation and legal liability.
In the case of PTE LTD, the business owner gets taxed when they receive dividends or sell their shares at a profit. In a way, this means that the minute the income has been taxed at the allied level; dividends can be allocated to shareholders tax free. On the other hand, LLP is not a legal tax entity. This implies that each partner should pay for his or her specific amount of money that they had made through the partnership. Hence, there are no corporate tax benefits. If you’re planning to register a company in Singapore, this is one of the many points to take note of.
When it comes to legal liability, there is a something common between these two business vehicles. For one thing, both PTE LTD and LLP are limited. PTE LTD carries liability. When a Pte Ltd gets sued, it’s the company that’s getting charged – not the owners. In such a way, the owners are liable as the business belongs to them. Therefore, the owners can lose just as much. In a nut shell: sue or be sued in its own name. Similarly, LLP has a separate legal identity. Likewise, it can sue or be sued in its own name.
So here’s the tough question again: if I were to register a company in Singapore, should I choose PTE LTD or LLP? To put it simply, it heavily depends on your business structure. For instance, if you’re a lawyer and you’re planning to set up your own firm, it would highly recommend for you to pick LLP. This would even work if you’re intending to have one or more additional partners. In addition, if your partner decides to resign any changes in the LLP does not affect its liabilities. One of the several positive aspects of LLP is the ease of acquiescence. It is much simpler than PTE LTD. But that’s not to say that PTE LTD is generally a rough choice. For one thing, PTE LTD holds a much more reliable visual appeal.
Most importantly, think carefully. Be sure of your goals: what you want to achieve, are you the only boss who’s operating this business etc… There are many elements involved for a successful business. In conclusion, depending on the type of your business structure, you have to keep in mind these necessary factors to focus on your company. After all, all these points are the key factors for a profitable career. We all know that starting a business in Singapore is no easy task. It somehow feels that you have another mouth to feed at home. It is very time-consuming and takes a lot of effort. Just like what Walt Disney mentioned, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” Everyone has to start from scratch. Once you’re ready, you will be prepared for a new adventure.