Tax and Accounting Regulations
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The tax system of a Belize Offshore Company is relatively simple and straightforward. Essentially a Belize IBC is a completely tax free offshore company as long as it complies with the regulations set out in Article 5 of the Belize IBC Act. These include regulations such as not carrying out business with persons resident in Belize, not owning any real estate, not undertaking banking or insurance services and not providing registered office facilities for other IBC’s. All are easy requirements to fulfill.
Belize has steadily developed its offshore laws and has emerged as one of the most credible and safe offshore jurisdictions. It’s legal infrastructure has been designed to ensure the highest degree of privacy and asset protection.
Below is an overview of the tax and accounting regulations in Belize
Corporation Tax – According to the 1990 IBC Act Belize IBC’s are exempt from paying corporation tax
The following are all tax exempt:
- All dividends paid by the Belize IBC to a non-resident
- All interest, rent, royalties, compensations and other amounts paid to a non-resident of Belize
- All capital gains in respect to; shares, debt obligations or other securities of a company incorporated under the Belize IBC Act by persons who are non-resident
- No stamp duty on transactions
Government License Fee:
- A government license fee must be paid by all Belize IBC’s in order to operate. The annual cost is approximately US$100
International Aspects of Taxation:
Belize has agreed to sign a Legal Assistance Treaty with the US. It will share any information if it protects against money laundering and in order to combat international terrorism and the drug trade. Belize carries out due diligence through the KYC Process.
Double Taxation Treaty – Belize has a Double Taxation Treaty with the UK, Sweden, Denmark and the countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Annual Reporting Requirements:
- No records or accounts are required to be submitted to the authorities.
- If the directors and shareholders wish to maintain these they may be held anywhere in the world.
Cyprus Variable Capital Companies: AIFs
There are two types of Variable Capital Companies in Cyprus; UCITS and AIFS. Read on to find out more about Alternative Investment Funds.
Cyprus Variable Capital Companies: Open-Type UCITS
There are two types of VCCs in Cyprus; UCITS which we will discuss in the following article, and AIFS.
Protection of Nominee Directors from IRD claims for Cyprus client companies
Legislation re Cyprus Tax Residency:
Cyprus Company Law: Responsibility of Directors for the non-payment of taxes
A Company Director, in a company incorporated under the laws of the Republic of Cyprus, may be found liable by the Inland Revenue or Customs & Excise with regarding tax related issues. As per the legislation, the Inland Revenue or Customs & Excise may personally prosecute the Company Directors who are involved in any taxation offence(s) or related financial matters.
Inward re-domiciliation: changes to the Singapore Companies Act allowing foreign firms to re-domicile to Singapore
In order to ensure that the regulatory regime of Singapore continues to be robust, relevant and in line with international norms, on the 30th of March 2017, the Companies (Amendment) Act 2017 of Singapore was gazetted. Among the number of amendments to the Companies Act, the provisions for the inward re-domiliation regime are arguably the most important in further boosting Singapore’s character as a business hub.
Inward re-domiciliation: Key changes to the Singapore Companies Act make company relocation to Singapore easier than ever
Last March, the Singapore Government amended the Singapore Companies Act 2017 which introduced an inward re-domicile (or relocation) regime in an effort to boost Singapore’s attractiveness as a business hub.
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The Belize IBC Amendment Act 2017: 3 notable changes for businesses
Belize has amended its International Business Companies Act. These changes were to maintain its financial services industry in the increasingly regulated international market & meet the OECD white list requirements.