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Legal System Common law. The established system of national substantive and procedural law, formed under the influence of English common law, with additions from the local legislation.
The System of the Common State Registrar The company records(name, registration data) are kept by the public registry. Registration of data of shareholders and directors in the system is not required. The registering authority is Belize Companies & Corporate Affairs Registry.
Registration Procedure Documents are submitted to the Registrar on paper. The beneficial owner is not required to be present at the registration and filing procedures.
E-Registration Not available.
Pre-incorporation Procedures (statement of compliance, affidavit, etc) Not Applicable.
Company Name Prior approval of the name is required. The name may be in English or in a language that uses the Latin alphabet. Company name must end in Corporation, Incorporated, Société Anonyme, Sociedad Anónima, Aktiengesellschaft or Ltd., Corp., Inc., S.A., A.S. A. G. The words "Bank", "Trust", "Insurance Company", "Royal", etc. may not be used.
Incorporation Documents Memorandum & Articles of Association. Original documents shall be prepared and kept in English.
Share Capital The minimum share capital is not specified. Share capital may be expressed in any currency. Often used: 50.000 USD, divided into 50.000 shares with par value of 1 USD each. Shares with no par value are allowed. Registered shares are issued. Bearer shares are allowed.
Beneficial Owner The beneficial owner can be any physical person. Information about the beneficiary is not reflected in the Registrar.
Shareholder At least one shareholder (physical person or legal entity). Transfer of shares into trust and use of nominee shareholder is allowed.
Director A minimum of one director. The director may be a physical person or a legal entity.
Secretary A secretary is not required.
Registered office A registered office in Belize is required.
Residency Is determined by the place of management of the company.
Income Tax 0%, except: the company is the owner of immovable property in the territory of Belize it is an insurance company or a bank the company provides registered office for other companies the company carries out business with residents of Belize the company carries out a collective investment scheme the company is not an International Business Company (IBC).
Taxes on Dividends 0%
Taxes on Capital Gains 0%
Taxes on Interest/Royalties 0%
Tax Withheld at Source None.
VAT 0%
Specific National Taxes and Levies Levy of the Registrar – USD 100 per year.
Reporting Not required.
Audit Not required.
Cost Accounting Rules None.
Tax Administration No requirements.
Use of Tax Treaties Not Applicable.
Terms of Use of Tax Preferences Activities outside of Belize.
Controlled Foreign Corporation in Jurisdictions with Low Tax (CFC) Not Applicable.
Disclosure of Information Information about beneficiaries is revealed by the decision of a Court.
Language English.
Registration of Company From EUR 1 500.
Administration of Company From EUR 500 per year.
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