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.
OECD publishes compliance review for all non-compliant jurisdictions
The OECDs global tax transparency initiative was launched last year in April 2016, with the purpose of encouraging every jurisdiction across the world to commit to implementation of a CRS (Common Reporting Standard) for automatic exchange of information by 2018, and to sign the Multilateral Convention on the exchanging of tax data. A forum on behalf of the OECD has released the results of its review for jurisdictions it considers to be non-compliant.
EU Parliament Committee release findings & recommendations for current offshore taxation measures
A formal enquiry into the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca has been launched by the European Parliament's Committee, which found gaps in beneficial ownership transparency for trusts and fiduciaries and didn’t meet the EU standard.
2017 G20 summit: Enforcement of taxation highest priority
The 2017 G20 leaders’ summit took place in Hamburg last week where the European Commission Council and leaders discussed the priorities and primary projects for the upcoming summit. EC President Jean-Claude Juncker has stated that advancing the global combat against tax evasion is top of the list.
The EC takes action against advocates promoting tax avoidance schemes
The European Commission has recommended the implementation of a new regulation regarding companies or intermediaries who promote or design cross-border tax planning schemes will going forward be required to provide full disclosure to the tax authorities of their relevant jurisdiction within five days of offering them to clients.
What are the new Beneficial Ownership reporting requirements for BVI companies?
Going forward, a new regulation will require certain British Virgin Islands companies to gather and retain details of Beneficial Owners with 25% or more of the company’s shareholding rights, with an ongoing requirement to keep the details up to date.
Russian citizens can gain Cyprus tax residency by staying only 60 days on island, whats the catch?
Cyprus is once again working to improve its economic desirability and will be able to increase its alternative business base for Russians with good creditworthiness.
Cyprus tax department releases new guidance on CRS deadlines and the online portal
The Cyprus Tax Department has released a notification to all Cyprus based Financial Institutions & Service Providers of the new guidance notes on the Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information and other information relating to the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).
Hong Kong establishes AEOI agreement with Indonesia
Last week, Hong Kong finalised and signed an agreement with Indonesia to allow for the automatic exchange of financial information (AEOI) regarding all tax matters.