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Belize

Main corporate features
General
Type of Company IBC
Type of Law Hybrid
Shelf company Availability Yes
Company Registration Period 2 days
Corporate Taxation Nil
Double Taxation Treaty Access No
Automatic Information Exchange Agreement Yes
Share capital 
Standard Currency US$
Permitted Currencies Any
Minimum Paid-Up Capital US$1
Bearer shares Yes
Directors
Minimum Number One
Residency Requirement No
Publicly Accessible Records No
Board of Directors’ Meeting Location Anywhere
Shareholders
Minimum Number One
Residency Requirement No
Publicly Accessible Records No
Place of holding of Meetings of Shareholders Anywhere
Company Secretary
Secretary Appointment   No
Keeping of records
Preparation Requirements Yes
Annual Return No
Audit Requirements No
Account Filing Requirements No
Publicly Accessible Accounts No
Recurring Government Costs

Incorporation Fees (share capital less than USD 50 000)

US$100
Annual Fees (share capital less that USD 50 000)  US$100

Incorporation Fees (share capital more than USD 50 000) 

US$1000
Annual Fees (share capital more than USD 50 000) US$1000

 

Corporate Legislation 

The modern legislative system is  based on IBC Act of 1990  (as amended). As per the law provision an offshore company (IBC) registered in Belize can be engaged in any business activity worldwide or any other activity that can be prohibited by any current law. 

Type of Company used for  International Business and Investments 

IBC - International Business Company

Business Activities  
Any activity allowed by IBC Act, 1990 (as amended), except for banking, insurance and trust activity.

Obligatory Requirements to Offshore Company
IBC should have a Registered Office and Registered Agent in the Belize and cannot conduct business operation on the territory of Belize.

Taxation
The offshore company is exempted from taxes on 100%.

Authorized Share Capital 
There is no requirements to the size of authorized share capital.
Standard Authorized Share Capital is 50,000 USD divided into 50,000 shares of 1 USD each.
There is no requirement for payment of share capital.

Bearer Shares
Bearer shares are permitted, but must be held in the custody of a licensed provider of such services.

No par value Shares
Yes.

Shareholders and Directors
The minimum number of Shareholders - one (physical or legal person). 
The minimum number of Directors - one (physical or legal person). 
There is no requirement to nationality and residence. One and the same person can be director and shareholder.
Registers of directors and shareholders are not publicly available.

Company Secretary 
The secretary is not required by law. It is optional. 

Provision of Fiduciary Services
Yes.

Disclosure of Information on Beneficial Owner and Bank Operations
Information is not available to the third parties. 

Shareholders/Directors Meetings
Meetings of shareholders and directors can be carried out worldwide.

Filing of Annual Accounts 
No.

Filing of Annual Return 
No.

Keeping of Documents of the Company

The place of keeping of operational documentation (resolution, minutes of meeting etc.) of the company is at the discretion of the directors. The exceptions are registers of directors and shareholders which are to be kept at the registered address of the company.

Registration Time Frame 
IBC can be registered within 2 working days.

Shelf Company Availability 
Available. 

Redomiciliation 
It is possible "to import" foreign IBC to jurisdiction of Belize and also Belize offshore company can be "exported" to other offshore jurisdictions.

 

General Information 

Belize - this is one of the most popular offshore jurisdictions.
The state is located in Central America and it borders on Mexico. Until recently, the country was a British colony, and it gained independence in 1981. Entrepreneurs from around the world have run their businesses in Belize successfully with guaranteed confidentiality of information on their assets. The most popular company type that can be registered in Belize is IBC (International Business Company). Offshore activities are implemented based on the International Business Companies adopted in 1990 and amended in 2000. Currently, Belize exercises a law that is considered to be one of the most inviting to offshore companies.

 

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