Holding companies

Cyprus is an ideal place for holding company location.
The following factors are important when deciding the location of a holding company:

  1. Tax treatment of inward and outward dividends.
  2. Tax treatment of capital gains arising from sales of subsidiaries.
  3. Taxation of consolidated profit.
  4. Reputation of jurisdiction where the holding company was formed.
  5. Cost of incorporation and maintenance.
  6. Cost of audit of consolidated accounts.

Tax treatment of dividends

Dividends received from subsidiaries are exempt from profit tax.

Dividends paid to non-residents are exempt from withholding tax.

Tax treatment of capital gains

There is no tax liability when a holding company disposes shares in subsidiary or associated company.

Tax treatment of consolidated profit

There is no controlled foreign company rule. There is no income tax on consolidated profit in hands of a Cyprus holding company. This simply means that a profit centre could be in Singapore or Hong Kong (both jurisdictions are applying territorial taxation principle where non-Singapore or non-Hong Kong source income is not a subject to income tax in Singapore or Hong Kong), or even a “tax haven” like Belize where all profit is earned but consolidated in the hand of Cyprus company and show in consolidated profit a loss account and balance sheet without incurring any tax liability in Cyprus.

Reputation of jurisdiction

Cyprus officially joined the European Union from the 1st of May, 2004.

Cost of incorporation and maintenance

Cost of incorporation is relatively low, please, find it here. 

Annual audit cost

Annual audit cost of a Cyprus holding company is 25%-30% lower than in continental Europe.

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  Resources:

The Tier 1 Investor Visa: are the UK government checking candidates' source of wealth? Evidently not..

The Tier 1 Investor Visa: are the UK government checking candidates' source of wealth? Evidently not..

One of many legal disputes resulting from the recent infamous Kazakhstan BTA bank fraud case has shed new light on a little-known immigration scheme colloquially known as the golden visa scheme and officially called a Tier 1 Investor visa in the UK; the scheme grants investors residency in exchange for spending £2m in UK bonds or shares through a bank, with applicants eligible for to remain indefinitely, with full citizenship after five years.

EU release list of tax havens & blacklisted jurisdictions for the first time

EU release list of tax havens & blacklisted jurisdictions for the first time

In an attempt to recover the approximate 600B euros lost within various EU countries to tax evasion schemes each year; the European Union has released its first official blacklist naming 17 jurisdictions that have failed to meet international standards of implementing sufficient regulations and transparency measures.

A beginners guide to filing capital statements in Cyprus

A beginners guide to filing capital statements in Cyprus

This article details a beginners guide to capital statements; what to include in them, what the figures mean and how to understand and interpret them; avoiding common pitfalls many individuals experience along the way with filing their own.. Capital statements (also referred to as wealth statements) are similar to profit & loss sheets for a company except capital statements are typically used to measure and record an individual’s finances using an official document accumulated on differing dates.

The Cyprus Passport by Investment scheme: at who's expense?

The Cyprus Passport by Investment scheme: at who's expense?

Cyprus Minister of Finance Mr Harris Georgiades released a statement condemning critics of the Cyprus passport by investment programme that has seen raise over €4 billion since the launch of the scheme in 2013 which was implemented to attract foreign investment to mitigate damage in light of the banking crisis.

Cyprus Variable Capital Companies: AIFs

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

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

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.