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Company formation Belize
Belize is an independent country within the Commonwealth bordered by Mexico, the Caribbean and Guatemala to the east and south. It is 24,000 sq km in size, with a population of just over 334,000. The country is, or was, heavily forested. The climate is nearly tropical, and there can be hurricanes. The extremely mixed population is racially harmonious. English is the official language and the main religion is Christianity. The currency is the Belizean dollar, fixed at BZD2 = USD1.
Belizean laws allow for the following categories of business ownership:
Limited Liability Partnership
Limited Life Companies
Joint Ventures and Cooperatives
Public Investment Companies
International Business Companies
However, almost all offshore or foreign businesses use the International Business Company or Trust forms, sometimes in combination.
Belize offshore IBC is exempt from all local taxes including income tax, dividend tax, capital gain tax and stamp duty on transfer of corporate property, shares, and other corporate financial instruments. Belize offshore company is not required to file tax returns or any other type of report or declaration to the government regarding sources of income.
PRIVACY AND DISCLOSURE
Information about beneficial owners, shareholders, directors and officers is not filed with the Belize government, and not available to the public.
TRANSFER OF FUNDS
There are no currency exchange and transfer of funds controls in Belize, no approval need be obtained for the transfer of dividends, interest, royalties other profits or for repatriation of capital. Companies are permitted to repatriate all profits, dividends and management charges.
Offshore IBC could open and hold accounts in any currency in banks located in and outside of Belize.
Belize offers the following advantages for international businesses:
- Exemption from all local taxes for international business companies
- Availability of free zones providing facilities for manufacturing and other business activities, such as warehousing, packaging, distribution of products and services
- Well developed financial services industry
- Strict secrecy low, which prohibits disclose of banking and financial information
- No foreign exchange restrictions for IBC
The biggest mistakes when starting a business abroad
Many agencies and law firms do not advise comprehensively or wrongly. Learn what to look for.
Gravity of the situation
Often, these law firms think foreign companies are half-silk, tax evasion is favored and mailbox companies are the leaders rather than the exception. This is true, however, only in some start-up agencies that do not have the necessary expertise. Self-proclaimed law firms that do not employ tax accountants or lawyers usually set up companies that are unlikely to operate legally. We set up and look after companies that can withstand tax audits and that are legally operated.
Do you have to live in the country where you start a company?
You can set up a company worldwide, as long as the respective country allows you as a foreigner to acquire shares in local companies or to act as a managing director. If this is not the case trustees can be used. For example, Cyprus allows every EU citizen to own and run a business. Nevertheless, trustees can be used for the purpose of identity protection. However, it is important that the management takes place locally, in the country in which the company is to be taxable. In addition, a permanent establishment must be set up. Without these, a major tax offices around the world do not recognize the company and in the worst case would require additional payment of corporate and business taxes plus late payment surcharges. We rent you a real office and set up a permanent establishment that meets all requirements beyond doubt.
Problematic Law firms: Secrecy is not regarded.
Some law firms bind customers with toggle contracts and exert pressure when the customer wants to close his company. If you are a client of a law firm that has established a legally flawed company, they can be blackmailed. Because in the case of a fiscal problem, law firms without a license are not bound by a duty of secrecy.
Migrating to a different law firm
We receive many inquiries from customers who already own a foreign company and are looking for a new law firm. The process of changing law firm is made often difficult on purpose. Therefore, we have developed a principle of trust. If you are not satisfied with us and want to change, you can do that at any time. The necessary documents (resignation letter), you receive from us standardized after founding. You are therefore protected against unexpected costs and you are free at any time to visit another law firm. So far we have not lost any customer to another law firm.
Privacy / Firm Location
Your accounting documents are kept safe with us. In addition, all electronic data is stored encrypted and accessible only by us, which are bound to a professional secrecy. All accounting records are also stored locally only. Neither authorities nor hackers are able to access this data.
There are quite a few locations in the world that do not charge taxes on companies or individuals, or only estimate a very low flat rate tax. But this can rarely be used without corresponding change of residence. If you are a resident of any major country, the relevant double taxation agreement is decisive. Providers who promise otherwise lead them to tax evasion, which in the case of discovery usually punishes severely. We advise against setting up companies in countries that have already been blacklisted by the OECD. The foundation is usually very cheap, but the tax consequences in your origin country can be devastating. Since the introduction of the automatic exchange of information between almost all major countries, an anonymous private account no longer exists.
We comply with the following code:
- Legally secure foundations
- No unexpected(hidden) costs
- No false promises
- Finding the right solution by focusing on your requirements
With this strategy, we have been on the market since 2013 and have not disappointed any customer so far. And we prioritize it in keeping that way. We strive to ensure that every client is satisfied and does not take risks with the solutions we provide for them, but only exploits legal opportunities. Starting a company that involves doing real business is more costly than a letterbox company, but it is the only way to save on taxes without risking legal action.
Company formation Belize - That's how it works
Establishing a company in Belize is easy and the founder does not have to travel extra. For the foundation only a certified ID or passport copy and a power bill is needed. Depending on the choice of bank also a short CV or bank reference.