BizFile+ portal Unavailable from 10 to 15 Dec 2020 for System Upgrade

BizFile+ portal will undergo a major system upgrade and will not be available from 6pm, Thursday, 10 Dec 2020 to 8am, Tuesday, 15 Dec 2020.  During this period, BizFile+ users will not be able to lodge any online transactions via the portal, nor access business information. Please click here for more information. 
 

About BizFile+

BizFile+ is ACRA’s online filing and information retrieval system. It enables the public to access a suite of over 300 electronic services ranging from the submission of statutory documents, to retrieval and purchases of information pertaining to business entities registered with ACRA. Currently BizFile+ handles more than 1 million transactions each year.  Click here to be directed to the BizFile+ portal.

Use of Principal Names in selected eForms effective 1 May 2020

Effective 1 May 2020, we only require the principal name of NRIC holders to be filed in selected eForms. Principal name refers to the name of the individual without including variants such as hanyu pinyin and aliases. This is part of our on-going efforts to improve filing experience for customers, by obtaining such personal data from the relevant agency under the National Registration Act and pre-filling them on the eForms on Bizfile+.   

The list of selected eForms is appended. We will progressively extend the prefilling feature to other e-Forms. 

The 14 BizFile+ eServices are:

  • Application for New Company Name
  • Incorporation of Local Company
  • Registration of Amalgamation
  • Application for New Foreign Company Name
  • Registration of Branch of Foreign Company
  • Application for a New Business Name
  • Application to Register Person(s) and Business Name
  • Application for a New LLP Name
  • Application to Register a New LLP
  • Application for a New LP Name
  • Application to Register a New LP
  • Application for Approval of Public Accounting Firm
  • Name Application for Public Accounting Firm
  • Transfer of Registration (Redomiciliation)

Enhancements to eForms of 14 BizFile+ eServices

1 Apr 2020

As part of ACRA’s on-going efforts to improve the design and customer experience of our eServices, enhancements have been made to the eForms of 14 BizFile+ eServices.

Filers will no longer need to manually key in relevant bio-data for some position holders as all relevant bio-data for NRIC and some FIN holders will be obtained by ACRA directly from the relevant government agencies. This will cut down the time required in filling up the eForms, and also ensure the accuracy of the bio-data submitted for the relevant position holders.

The 14 BizFile+ eServices are:

  • Application for New Company Name
  • Incorporation of Local Company
  • Registration of Amalgamation
  • Application for New Foreign Company Name
  • Registration of Branch of Foreign Company
  • Application for a New Business Name
  • Application to Register Person(s) and Business Name
  • Application for a New LLP Name
  • Application to Register a New LLP
  • Application for a New LP Name
  • Application to Register a New LP
  • Application for Approval of Public Accounting Firm
  • Name Application for Public Accounting Firm
  • Transfer of Registration (Redomiciliation)

Subscribe to Business Name Alert service

From 14 February 2020, businesses can subscribe to the new Business Name Alert Service to receive monthly notifications on selected business names registered with ACRA.

The Business Name Alert service enables business owners to monitor specific business names which may be similar to their registered trademarks, brand names, registered business names etc. 

For more information, please click here.

Enhancements to Annual Return form

27 Dec 2019

With effect from 27 Dec 2019, all companies can file their annual returns (AR) with greater ease as most of the information will be pre-filled in the online AR form on ACRA’s online filing portal, BizFile+ by taking reference from the previous AR filing. The filer will need to review the pre-filled information to ensure that it is still relevant for the current AR.

The user interface for the annual return has also been streamlined with a more intuitive layout, and the filer will now need to update or review the information for fewer pages.

In Aug 2018, ACRA had simplified the online AR form that solvent exempt private companies (EPC) and private dormant relevant companies use to file the AR. This latest initiative enables all companies to use one common online AR form that has been further simplified.   

For more information, please click here.

Enhanced BizFile+ Dashboard - Information on RFAs

From 1 Oct 2019, business entities that have appointed Registered Filing Agents (RFAs) to file transactions with ACRA on their behalf can view information on the appointed RFAs via the enhanced BizFile+ dashboard. This is part of ACRA's ongoing efforts to enhance transparency and provide convenience to businesses in keeping track of the RFA they have appointed.

All position holders including officer, partner or owner of the business entity can login to BizFile+ portal to view information on the RFA, and control the filing access of the RFA via the dashboard.  

For more information, please click here. 

More epayment options for customers

From 21 January 2019, customers transacting with ACRA will have more e-payment options.

In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation drive towards e-payments, customer can now choose to pay using PayPal, Google Pay and Apple Pay for their transactions on BizFile+ and purchases on iShop portals. This is in addition to the existing credit card and debit card payment options.

For more information, please click here. 

Special UEN (SUN): Choose Your Preferred UEN

A Unique Entity Number (UEN) is an identification number that is generated for a business entity, following successful incorporation/registration with ACRA. All business entities need to use the UEN when transacting with government agencies. This UEN is issued free of charge to business entities.

From 9 February 2018, entity owners can choose, at a fee, a preferred UEN from a list of reserved UENs during entity incorporation/registration  or conversion. This preferred UEN is known as Special UEN (SUN). Those who do not wish to apply for a SUN will continue to be issued with a free system-generated UEN. SUN enables entity owners to more easily identify with and remember their own UEN when transacting with government agencies.

For more information, please click here. 

Launch of new BizFile+ user interface on 9 Feb 2018

Check out BizFile+ portal's new customer-centric user interface.

Taking in feedback from our stakeholders, the new interface is designed to enable BizFile+ users to more easily access common e-services and relevant information.

Click here for details. 

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Requirement for Companies, Foreign Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships to maintain Register of Registrable Controllers

With effect from 31 March 2017, companies, foreign companies and LLPs (unless exempted) will be required to maintain beneficial ownership information in the form of a register of registrable controllers, and to make the information available to public agencies upon request. The aims is to make the ownership and control of corporate entities more transparent and reduce opportunities for the misuse of corporate entities for illicit purposes. This will bring Singapore in line with international standards, and boost Singapore’s on-going efforts to maintain our strong reputation as a trusted and clean financial hub.

For more information on setting up and maintaining the Register of Registrable Controllers, click here.

New Filing Requirements for Private Companies (effective 3 Jan 2016)

BizFile+ incorporates new filing requirements arising from legislative changes in the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014. These include:

  • Updating shareholder information to facilitate ACRA’s maintenance of electronic Registers of Members (EROM) of private companies from 3 Jan 2016. No fee will be charged for updating the EROM. For more information on EROM, please click here.
  • Lodging the appointment of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)(if any) in ACRA’s register. Late filing penalty will not be imposed for companies whose CEOs were appointed prior to 3 Jan 2016 but whose information is updated between 3 Jan to 30 June 2016.

Legislative changes and revised simplified fee structure

As announced on 5 Nov 2015, legislative changes in the Companies (Amendment) Act 2014 and the new Business Names Registration Act (BNRA)(which replaces the current Business Registration Act) take effect on 3 Jan 2016. BizFile+ incorporates new filing requirements linked to these legislative changes.

Legislative Amendments

Please click on the links below for details on the key legislative reforms in the Companies Act and the new Business Names Registration Act:

Subsidiary Legislation

The subsidiary legislation for the following legislation can be found at the following links:

Streamlining of Regulatory Fee Structure

The enhanced regulatory fee structure which has been streamlined, took effect in tandem with the launch of BizFile+ on 3 Jan 16. Some businesses can expect a slight increase in their annual fees while over a hundred ad hoc transactions previously charged under a pay-per-use model, will be made free of charge.

Click here for the list of BizFile+ transactions and related fees that took effect on 3 Jan 2016

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