There are two key ways to prepare your company’s financial statements in XBRL format (XBRL FS) and file them as part of your company’s annual return:

a.  Prepare XBRL FS using BizFinx preparation tool and file the annual return through BizFile+ portal. The steps are provided below; or

b.  Use accounting software that can seamlessly prepare and file annual return (with Simplified XBRL FS) to ACRA. Refer to List of Software for Seamless Filing Initiative (PDF, 107KB).

You can also engage the service of a corporate service provider to help your company prepare XBRL FS.

Preparing your company’s financial statements in XBRL format using BizFinx Preparation Tool 

Step 1: Download ACRA's free BizFinx Preparation Tool.

Step 2: Retrieve the financial statements tabled at your company’s annual general meeting (AGM FS). This is referred to as the “source document” in the Preparation Tool, which can be in either Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel formats.

Step 3: Map the line items in your financial statements to the relevant tags within the ACRA Taxonomy. Complete all tabs in the template. Leave the data fields blank only if the information requested is not disclosed in the AGM FS. 

Step 4: When completed, validate your XBRL FS offline. Review and correct the errors highlighted, if any.

Step 5:  Validate and upload your XBRL FS directly from BizFinx Preparation Tool. 

Click on the “Acknowledge and Upload” button to upload the XBRL FS. A message “Your XBRL file has been successfully uploaded” will be shown upon successful upload. 

Note: Uploaded XBRL FS is available in BizFinx server for up to 14 days. If the XBRL FS is wrongly uploaded to BizFinx server, you may refer to Retrieving XBRL files previously lodged with ACRA on how to delete the XBRL FS from BizFinx server. 


Step 6: Login to BizFile+ to file the Annual Return with the correct XBRL FS uploaded.

Follow the steps in our Step by Step Guide for companies with FYE before 31 August 2018 (PDF, 1.5MB) or Step by Step Guide for companies with FYE on or after 31 August 2018 (PDF,2.7MB). 

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