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Belize Company Formation – Offshore Company Formation

Company Formation Belize – Overview

Double Taxation Agreements (DTA)Sweden, Denmark, Austria and  countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
Corporate tax Offshore CompaniesNO
Corporate tax Onshore CompaniesYes, No for job creation
tax free receipt of foreign dividendsYes
EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive applicableNo
Holding company privilegesYes
Banking secrecyHigh
Nominee relationships allowedYes

Belize is a Central South American Country which borders the Caribbean Sea between Guatemala and Mexico. Formerly known as The British Honduras the official name was changed to Belize in 1973 with full independence granted within the Commonwealth on 21 September 1981, although this was not accepted by Guatemala until 1992 because of its historical disputes over the territory with the United Kingdom.

As with many former British colonies, Belize has adopted English law and its traditions and models for business formations, which take the form of: sole proprietor, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, Trust Funds, private companies, limited life companies, investment companies, Joint Venture and Cooperatives partnerships and International Business Companies (IBC).

Company Formation Belize: Services provided by our Law Firm – or our Partner Network:

  • Formation of the company, Apostille, upon request certified translation of the formation documents
  • Certificate of Incorporation: The certificate of incorporation is an official document that confirms the name of a registered company, as well as the registration number.
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Ranging from Registered Office to maintaining a business office
  • Upon request: Nominee Director (attorney acts as a trustee and acts as the Director of the company during the formation phase) and / or Nominee Shareholder (natural person or legal entity – Law firm acts as a trustee in the form of the shareholder of the company)
  • Upon request:  Permanent Nominee Director (Attorney acts as trustee in the capacity of Director of the company during the entire term of the agreement)

Clarification:

A production site, a site for the exploitation of mineral resources or construction works whose duration is greater than 12 months always constitutes the establishment of a place of business in the country of the company’s seat (for example: Belize, BVI, Cayman Islands, Nevis etc….), independent „of the place of managerial supervision” (analogous to Article 5 OECD_Model Convention). Otherwise the taxable permanent establishment is defined via the „place of managerial supervision”.  As a rule this implies, that a person who maintains his ordinary residence in the country of the company’s seat must act as the Director of the company. Either the client or an agent relocates his ordinary residence to the country of the company’s seat and he, himself, acts as the Director of the company or our Law Firm in the country of the company’s seat provides a Nominee Director. Alternative: For example: The Danish client / founder acts as the Director of the company and establishes credibility that he is present in the country of the company’s seat within the course of carrying out the required managerial supervision. Due to the fact that as a rule tax havens (Belize, BVI Cayman Islands, Nevis etc…) do not maintain a public commercial register, the installation of a “Nominee Director in the formation phase” is possible and not necessarily a “permanently present Nominee Director”.

  • Upon request: Bearer shares
  • Upon request: Liechtenstein Institute as the shareholder of the company

Clarification:

The shareholder or the shareholders are the „Owner” of the company. It can be individuals or companies.  Bearer shares, nominee shareholder or for example a Liechtenstein Institute as a shareholder serve to conceal the true ownership relationships.  Which constellation is best suited, is dependent upon different prerequisites. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you in a personal setting.

  • Opening of an account in the name of the company, incl. Online banking and VisaCard (in the case of bearer shares the opening of an account is often only possible, if the client / founder is not present at the opening of the account)
  • Upon request: Investment account in Switzerland (Minimum deposit 10,000 CHF)
  • To the extent it is a requirement of domestic law: Provision of proof of the exempt status to the authorities (most tax havens differentiate between offshore and onshore companies. Onshore companies are taxed normally, offshore companies – i.e. companies which transact business outside of the country are not taxed. The Cayman Islands is the exception: Real zero-tax haven)