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.

Take the next step, we are here to help.

Register a Cyprus company.
Open a Cyprus bank account.

  Resources:

 

The Investigation of a Cyprus Company's Affairs: Application of the Law & Effectiveness

At the request of a Cyprus company’s Shareholder, where it is proven that a more comprehensive investigation is required regarding a company’s activities, the court can issue a declaration of investigation by an inspector appointed by the Cyprus Council of Ministers. The discretion of the court must be applied carefully; as such an order can heavily impact a company and depending on the outcome of the investigation, can be a severe measure that deviates from fundamental principles of Cyprus company law.

UK: The Current Problems with Money Laundering & the Violation of Anti-Money Laundering Regimes

UK: The Current Problems with Money Laundering & the Violation of Anti-Money Laundering Regimes

The fact that money can be transferred from one jurisdiction to another means, that money laundering as a concept involves the entire modern world. Money laundering is a process during which the origin and purpose of payments are hidden and typically has three stages.

Director’s Duties & Liability Insurance in Cyprus

Director’s Duties & Liability Insurance in Cyprus

This article will examine the role of a Director and his duties and liability insurance and D&O insurance liability accordingly with reference to the relevant case law.

 

Q&A: Singapore Small Company Concept for Audit Exemption

The following article will answer some commonly asked questions regarding Singapore small company auditing requirements and exemptions from ACRA.

Exemption from Audit: Singapore Small Company Criteria

Exemption from Audit: Singapore Small Company Criteria

Singapore Audit Requirements: running a company in most countries require auditing as a process to prove that everything is operating legitimately. Listed companies have a legal responsibility to go through audit in Singapore similarly.

EU: Cyprus Competitive Advantage at Risk with Tax Consolidation Reforms

EU: Cyprus Competitive Advantage at Risk with Tax Consolidation Reforms

Cyprus is likely to have repercussions as a result of Jean-Claude Juncker ’s favouring of a relaxation in EU regulation formation and monitoring schemes, reinforced by qualified majorities on matters including the additional synchronisation of blanket taxation rates across Europe.

Singapore Service Providers: How to Comply with the ACRA Reporting Requirements

Singapore Service Providers: How to Comply with the ACRA Reporting Requirements

As a result of the ACRA Amendment Act in 2014, Registered Filing Agents and Corporate Service Providers now have to conduct independent Anti-Money Laundering / Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) reviews as part of their annual audit reviews.

Beginners Guide to Service Level Agreements: Important Information & Q&A

Beginners Guide to Service Level Agreements: Important Information & Q&A

SLAs are a critical component of any outsourcing and technology vendor contract. Beyond listing expectations of service type and quality, an SLA provides remedies when requirements aren't met.