Tax and accounting regulations

Summary of Requirements for a Dubai Offshore Company

General Information
Type of Company IBC – Offshore Company
Timescale to incorporate 8 – 10 working days
Corporate Taxation Nil
Directors
Minimum No. Required 2, Corporate Directors are not permitted
Local Director Required No
Publicly accessible information No public disclosure of information
Location of Meetings Anywhere
Shareholders
Minimum No. Required 1, 100% foreign shareholders allowed
Publicly accessible information No public disclosure of information
Location of Meetings Anywhere
Company Secretary
Required Yes
Local Secretary Required N/A
Registered Office / Agent Required Yes
Share Capital
Standard Currency AED (exchange rate approx. 1 USD = 3.67 AED)
Standard Authorised AED 10,000 (10 shares of 1,000 AED recommended)
Minimum Paid Up Capital No minimum capital stipulated although a capital of 1,000 AED is recommended
Accounting & Compliance
Requirements to prepare Accounts Yes , filed at the Registered Office but not filed at any Government Office
Requirement to file Accounts No
Requirement for Audit An Auditor must be appointed who will examine and report on the Accounts however the Audit is not required to be filed with any Government Authority.
Local Auditor Required N/A
Requirement to file Annual Return  No
Additional Information
Bank Account Opening Bank Accounts can be opened in a number of international banks. A personal visit is required however banks can take a long time to open the account depending on the amount of due diligence required. Eltoma will provide additional information based on business activity and client requirements.

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Gibraltar companies now have to disclose full Beneficial Ownership details to Central Register

Gibraltar companies now have to disclose full Beneficial Ownership details to Central Register

Gibraltar is working to implement all EU legislation relating to the 4th Anti Money Laundering Directive into national law, in addition to the current EU legislation on financial supervision and direct taxation, and to this affect, the Government of Gibraltar have established a Central Register of Beneficial Ownership that will be effective from June 26th 2017.

European Commission publishes tax avoidance disclosure directive

European Commission publishes tax avoidance disclosure directive

The EC (European Commission) has published its draft legislation compelling financial service providers or intermediaries to disclose any international tax planning schemes they have encouraged, enabled or assisted in any way.

OECD publishes compliance review for all non-compliant jurisdictions

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

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

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 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?

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?

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.