GENERAL INFORMATION

 

 

Time Zone: GMT +8 hours

 

Geography: Situated on the north-western coast of Borneo, with a total area of 5,765 sq. km, borders the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the South China Sea

 

Capital City and Business Centre: Bandar Seri Begawan

 

Accessibility: Most South-east Asian key regional cities, as well as Hong Kong, Shanghai, Dubai and London

 

Language: Malay language (official). English is widely spoken and the language of business

 

Government: Constitutional sultanate (Malay Islamic Monarchy as guiding principle)

 

Legal System: Based on English common law with a parallel Shariah law

 

Exchange Control: No

 

Currency: Brunei Dollar (B$) at par with Singapore SGD

 

Economic Activities: Dominated by oil and gas industry, SMEs are well flourishing, ICT and tourism sectors are developing

Tax Treaties: ADTAs with the UK, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Vietnam, Bahrain, Oman, Japan, Pakistan, Malaysia, Laos, HK SAR, Kuwait, Qatar, UAE, South Korea, Luxembourg and Cambodia

 

Banking: Good with the presence of regional and local banks

 

TIEAs: with Australia, Canada, France and the Nordic Countries

 

AEOIs: Yes

 

Other Service Providers: Small but mature with presence of long established legal and accounting firms

 

 

IMPORTANT FEATURES OF SENDIRIAN BERHAD COMPANY (PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY)

 

Legislation: Companies Act (CAP. 39)

 

The Authority: Registrar of Companies (ROC) within the Ministry of Finance and Economy (MOFE)

 

Types of Company: Limited by shares. All private companies name must end with the words “Sendirian Berhad” or its abbreviation “Sdn Bhd” to denote its limited by shares company

 

Restriction on Activities: May carry out any business that is lawful in Brunei either in, from or through the country. Financial services and activities require licensing from the Autoriti Monetari Brunei Darussalam (AMBD)

 

Corporate Tax: Headline tax of 18.5% for companies incorporated or registered as foreign branch under the Companies Act (CAP. 39). Corporate tax exemption is available for the first 3 consecutive years of assessment for newly incorporated companies as follows –

- first B$100,000 of assessable income is exempted from tax;

- 50% of the next B$150,000 of assessable income is chargeable at 18.5%; and

- the full amount of the remaining assessable income is chargeable at 18.5%.

 

Tax of 55% for companies engaged in the exploration and production of oil and gas

 

Exemption from corporate tax if gross sales/turnover during the basis period is less than B$1 Million

 

Certain specific industry tax incentives are available

 

Withholding Tax: Yes

 

Personal Income Tax: No

 

Value Added Tax: No

 

Sources of Tax Law: Income Tax Act (CAP. 35), Income Tax Act – Petroleum (CAP. 119)

 

Capital Requirement: Minimum paid-up capital of B$2.00 and minimum authorised capital is B$25,000.00

 

Currency of Capital: Brunei Dollar (B$)

 

Registered Office: Required

 

Shareholders: Minimum of 2 shareholders, they can either be individual or corporation. No residency requirement and 100% foreign owned is allowed

 

Directors: Minimum of 2 directors, at least one must be ordinarily resident in Brunei. If more than 2 directors, at least 2 of them must be ordinarily resident

 

Company Secretary: Not mandatory

 

Registered Office: Local registered office and physical addresses are required (no PO box). Statutory books of the company must be maintained at the registered office

 

Annual Fees Payable: Only pays the capital registration fee on incorporation. No annual recurring government fee

 

Public Records: Available via company search at the ROC

 

Company Accounts: 1st accounts must be prepared and adopted within 18 months from the date of incorporation and every subsequent 12 months thereafter. Accounts must be kept at the registered office

 

Audited Accounts: Not mandatory if all shareholders individuals, the shareholders consist of less than 20 and if the revenue in a financial year is less than B$1 Million (for financial year which is less than 12 months, the revenue shall be proportionately adjusted)

 

Incorporation Time: 2 business days

 

Company Meetings: Every company is required to hold an Annual General Meeting (“AGM”) of the shareholders to adopt the accounts. The first AGM must be held within 18 months from the date of incorporation and thereafter, an AGM must be held once in every calendar year and not more than 15 months from the date of the last AGM. In addition, the accounts tabled at the AGM must not be more than 6 months from the date of financial period

 

Common Seal: Not required

 

Annual Return: Yes

 

Tax Return: Yes

 

Online Incorporation: Available, via ROC BN https://www.roc.gov.bn

Please note that whilst considerable care has been taken to ensure the information contained within this page is accurate and up to date, no warranty is given as to the accuracy or completeness of any information and no liability is accepted for any errors or omissions in such information. The information given in this page is based on our present understanding of the current laws, guidelines and regulations and may therefore be subject to change without notice.

 

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