Crowe Horwath First Trust


9 Raffles Place
#19-20 Republic Plaza Tower 2
Singapore 048619

+65 6221 0338

Key contacts:

Senior Partner, Head of Tax: Sivakumar Saravan, CA
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Director, Transfer Pricing: Dr. Sowmya Varadharajan
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Director, Tax: Liew Kin Meng
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Quick facts:

Partners and Directors: 25
Professional staff: Over a 100
Languages: English and Mandarin
Service offerings: 10, including Tax and Transfer Pricing
Size: 10th largest accounting firm in Singapore (Singapore Business Review, 2019)
Awards: Winner of the 2018 Growth Award (Open Category), presented by the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (“ISCA”); Winner of the Best Practice Award 2016 (Large Practice Category), presented by ISCA
Consultant author: The Singapore Withholding Tax Online, published by Wolters Kluwer Singapore
Author: “Tax Essentials for HR Professionals, Singapore” published by CCH Asia

As a member of Crowe Global, the eight largest accounting network in the world, Crowe Horwath First Trust (“Crowe Singapore”) is an award-winning firm that leverages its core strengths in Audit, Advisory, Tax, Transfer Pricing, Risk Advisory, Corporate Services, Outsourcing, Fund Administration, Corporate Finance, and Valuation to bring smart decisions that create lasting value for its clients. With a global reach, and a local expertise, Crowe Singapore is well positioned as a one-stop, integrated solutions’ provider of a full suite of professional services to a diverse and international clientele, including public-listed entities, multinational corporations, and financial institutions.

Led by hands-on, approachable, and forward-looking partners – all of whom are heavily involved in the day-to-day client work - Crowe Singapore delivers value by helping clients navigate the regulatory landscape and break down complex issues into fresh, practical insights and advice.

The tax division of Crowe Singapore offers a full range of solutions to assist businesses and individuals to comply with and manage a broad range of tax obligations including individual and corporate tax compliance and advisory, international tax, transfer pricing, goods and services tax (“GST”), global mobility, transaction support, private wealth services, tax dispute resolution, and digital advisory. In the area of digital advisory, Crowe Singapore has built a strong expertise in helping token issuers, and fintech and blockchain companies to understand and comply with corporate and individual tax obligations.

Clients value Crowe Singapore’s close involvement in corporate decision-making through its advice to clients on how to achieve specific business objectives such as cross-border acquisitions, investments, restructuring, etc., in the most tax efficient manner, and its provision of practical solutions to an array of complex and challenging tax problems involving international tax issues.

Crowe Singapore's tax leaders regularly contribute articles published by the International Tax Review (“ITR”), and Bloomberg Tax.

Corporate tax

  • Corporate tax return preparation
  • Application and negotiation of tax incentives
  • Advice on forms of business operations
  • Optimizing use of grants, incentives and exemptions
  • Corporate tax planning review
  • Withholding tax
  • Advance Rulings
  • Mergers and acquisition
  • Tax due diligence
  • Reorganizations and reconstructions
  • Fund management
  • Blockchain, digital tokens and cryptocurrency

Dispute resolution

  • Advising and assisting with voluntary disclosures
  • Drafting responses to tax queries
  • Audit defence and support
  • Dispute resolution
  • MAPs

Indirect tax

  • GST advisory and review
  • GST health-check and risk assessment

Global mobility

  • Individual tax compliance
  • Tax planning for in-bound expatriates
  • Tax effective compensation strategies
  • Tax equalisation
  • Tax planning for secondment arrangements
  • Stock options advisory

Private wealth

  • Family Office
  • Family business structuring
  • Succession planning
  • Advice on creating charitable trusts and foundations

International Tax

  • Inbound and outbound investment
  • Withholding tax management
  • Tax treaties
  • Regional tax review
  • Digital Taxes
  • BEPS advisory

Transfer pricing

  • Transfer Pricing Documentation
  • Planning, design, and policy setting
  • Risk review
  • Audit support and dispute resolution
  • Advance Pricing Agreement

International Tax
Advisor: Sivakumar Saravan, CA
Job title: Senior Partner

Transfer Pricing
Advisor: Dr. Sowmya Varadharajan
Job title: Director

Corporate Tax
Advisor: Liew Kin Meng
Job title: Director

Advisor: Adrian Kong
Job title: Director

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