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Seychelles general information

Seychelles: general information

Presentation of general information about the Seychelles, peculiarities of the historical, political and economic development, investment environment, business industry and set of financial instruments as well as international reputation of the jurisdiction

Seychelles general information
Why to choose Seychelles?

Why to choose Seychelles?

Detailed research of features and advantages of all business companies types which could be incorporated within the jurisdiction of the Seychelles

Why to choose Seychelles
Seychelles: IBC & CSL

Seychelles: IBC & CSL

The brochure is devoted to research registration process, capabilities, tax rates and application practice in business environment of Seychelles IBC and CSL.

Why to choose Seychelles
Seychelles: Foundations, Trusts, Limited Partnerships

Foundations, Trusts, Limited Partnerships

The brochure deepen in the essence of the next types of Seychelles entities such as foundations, trusts and limited partnerships which are considered suitable vehicles for international tax planning, assets protection and other financial activities.

Why to choose Seychelles
Seychelles: Cooperation between companies

Cooperation between companies and banks

The brochure provides considering relationships between banks and entities that is a natural extension of opening an entity in the Seychelles.

Why to choose Seychelles
Seychelles: frequently asked questions

frequently asked questions

The brochure summarizes the survey about Seychelles offshore and answers some frequently asked questions, which arise when acquainting with the Seychelles jurisdiction.

Why to choose Seychelles


In this brochure, examples of practical use of an LTD are examined eg provided detailed information on a business purposes as using an LTD as company receiving dividends, holding company and nominee or agent. Another one issue is to study complex guidance how to rule an LTD and LLP.



This brochure presents an information about tax rates and tax residence status in the UK. In addition, it is studying the details of the most demanded business structures, particularly Private Company Limited by shares (LTD) and Limited Liability Partnership (LLP)



In this brochure, examples of practical use of an LTD are examined eg provided detailed information on a business purposes as using an LTD as company receiving dividends, holding company and nominee or agent. Another one issue is to study complex guidance how to rule an LTD and LLP.

Public Limited Company

Public Limited Company

In this brochure, the leading experts of our company provide answers on the most popular questions related to this business structure. There is an excellent possibility to fill up your knowledge by information about doing business with the help of Public Limited Companies, receive an explanation on the rules how to sell the company's shares on the stock market and other advantages.

Public Limited Company
Scotland: WHY NOT?

Scotland: WHY NOT?

This brochure fulfilled the UK jurisdiction series with Scottish business structures. All the requirements, practice of application, advantages, main differences between the UK LLP and Scottish LP and other issues are examined in this survey.

Scotland: WHY NOT?
Hong Kong: Comprehensive Review

Hong Kong: Comprehensive Review

This brochure dedicated to inform about business atmosphere and business facilities in the studied jurisdiction, explain the reasons of popularity of Hong Kong entities for tax-optimisation purposes. Familiarity with this brochure is the first step on a way to the possibility of carrying on successful business in stable economic conditions of Asian region with maximum benefits.

Hong Kong: Comprehensive Review
Hong Kong: Choosing Business Vehicles

Hong Kong: Choosing Business Vehicles

The present research concerns the most popular forms of business organization in Hong Kong, as well as the basic rules of their use for the purposes of breaking down the tax burden. The brochure contains a number of clarifications regarding the demand for offshore structures in Hong Kong, a minimum set of requirements for the establishment and registration procedures.

Hong Kong: Comprehensive Review
Hong Kong: Frequently Asked Questions

Hong Kong: Frequently Asked Questions

This brochure summarizes the research concerning the reasons of popularity, business opportunities, tax rates, companies and partnerships in Hong Kong. This is an interview where our manager answers frequently asked questions, appeared during the time of studying the Hong Kong jurisdiction.

Frequently Asked Questions
Business Purposes: Regular Practice

Business Purposes: Regular Practice

The brochure says on corporate and classical targets of Hong Kong enterprises, provides examples of practical use of the enterprises established in Hong Kong. Here we specify the long-term and short-term goals of business structuring, as well as the use of Hong Kong enterprises to operate as a trading company, the company, opening a representative office in China and a holding company, which owns the rights to ownership of the company in China.

Business Purposes: Regular Practice


Accounting: Yes, Secretary: Yes,




Formation time :

7 days

Minimum capital :






  • No taxes on property
  • Company set up and maintenance at a low price
  • No sales tax


  • Effective and safe banking services
  • Free currency exchange
  • Ability to avoid double taxation
Start your business in Cyprus in 7 days

A company in Cyprus


Drafting of statutes
Registration of the company
Government tax
Annual Return
Legal fees
Additional services
Nominee Director
from €300
Nominee Shareholder
from €300
Power Of Attorney
Documents notarization and apostille
from €350
VAT number
Corporate Bank Account
Private bank account
Local phone number
€80 / m
Local phone number + Personal Secretary
€100 / m
Secure remote desktop server
€400 / m
Domain and corporate email
€100 / m
Website and company logo
from €350
Advantages of an Offshore Company in Cyprus
Benefits of registering a company in Cyprus

Nowadays, Cyprus is aт EU jurisdiction. It has adopted British legal system as background and is characterized by a stable economy. The country has progressive banking facilities and beneficial European taxation system. At present the offshore companies set up on the island are defined as normal Cyprus businesses owned by non-residents and operating beyond the borders of the country.

Incorporation in Cyprus

Incorporating a legal entity in Cyprus presupposes submitting the Memorandum and Articles of Association to the Registrar of Companies. The document defines the objects and competence of the entity established. Additionally, a registration fee should be paid and sworn statement taken before a Court. The company incorporated in Cyprus should have a business address and a secretary, who is advisable to reside in the country.

The legislation of the country allows nominee shareholder and director structure when the identity of the beneficiary owner can be hidden from the official company record.

Types of companies

The following legal entities are possible to register on the island.

  • Public Companies;
  • Private Companies (no more than 50 Stockholders);
  • Offshore Companies – the most attractive for international business.
Exclusive tax conditions
  • 10% profit tax, which can even be brought down to just 2-3% of the corporate profit.
  • 17% VAT, the lowest in the EU.
  • Overseas payments are not subject to Cyprus taxation.
  • 0% dividend tax.
  • 0% tax on capital gain.
  • No tax on the shares transfer.
  • No taxation to the increased value of assets and no controlled transfer prices for real estate in possession.
  • No taxes on the shares sale.
  • No consolidation tax and no rules regulating the foreign company operations if it’s controlled by the holding from Cyprus.
  • No license fees.
  • Double taxation agreements valid for over 40 states.
  • International Accounting Standards (IRS).
  • Possibility to set up a bank account, Internet banking with cards without the personal presence of the stockholders or directors.
  • Full confidentiality.

An annual report which provides the information about all the stockholders who have held shares during the year term and the operating directors must be submitted to the Cyprus Taxation Authority as well as to the Central Bank of Cyprus. Audited accounts’ submission to the income tax office and also the Central Bank is obligatory.

General information about jurisdiction

Cyprus is the island in the northeast of the Mediterranean Sea, located near Egypt, Turkey and Syria. It is considered the third largest island and also the third island by population in the Mediterranean Sea. Since 1925 Cyprus was under the management of Great Britain. In 1960 after long-term war Cyprus became independent, but the fighting didn’t end. In 1963-1967 there were collisions between Greeks, Turks and Cypriots that ended in 1974 with a revolution and the Turkish forces taking the northern part of Cyprus. As a result, in 1983, the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus was created. Since then, in spite of the fact that Cyprus geographically belongs to Asia, the island is actually divided between the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (which holds 36% of the territory), Cyprus (57.6%), the UN (3.7%) and Great Britain (3.7%).

Capital: Nicosia.
Population: 1 million.
Official languages: Greek, Turkish, English.
Currency: Euro (EUR).
Law system: mixed.
Taxation system: resident with elements of territorial.
Political system: presidential republic.

State system

The President is elected by general vote and is engaged in the Republic of Cyprus’ management. Executive power is concentrated in hands of the Council of Ministers whose structure is defined by the President and the Vice-president. The legislature belongs to the House of Representatives (unicameral parliament). Judicial authority is independent, the highest judicial authority – the Supreme Court.

Key Applications of the company LTD
  • Import and export
  • Intellectual property
  • Investments, including business investments
  • Percents
  • Capital accumulation
  • Ownership of real estate
  • Holding
Advantages of the company LTD
  • Political stability
  • Absence of currency control
  • Low income taxes
  • It is possible to use agreements of double taxation avoidance
Shortcomings of the company LTD
  • In many countries Cyprus is included in the list of offshore zones
  • Expensive registration
  • Large costs of management
  • It is necessary to file statements and to audit
  • Cyprus signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters
  • Cyprus has arrangements with many countries on exchange of financial information against money laundering and crime
Taxes and other payments

1. Income tax: 12.5%.
2. Capital gain tax: 20%. The tax is raised on:
– property sales at the territory of Cyprus;
– shares sales of the company which owns the real estate in Cyprus (except the public companies).
3. Tax on defense: 3%-30% depending on the type of income on which the tax is raised (there are exceptions).
4. Tax on the capital of the company:
– in case of the company creation: €102,52 and 0.6% of the size of the authorized declared capital;
– in case the declared capital of the company increases: 0.6% of the amount of increase.
5. Real estate tax: it is levied from owners of real estate. The tax rate is determined from market value of property by prices of 1980. Zero rate is applied if the real estate value doesn’t exceed €12,500 . If the real estate value exceeds €12, 500, the tax rate varies from 0.6% to 1.9%.
6. The tax on real estate transfer: 3%-8% of market value of the real estate.
7. Tax on repatriation of profit:
– dividends: 0% for nonresidents of Cyprus;
– percents: 0% for nonresidents of Cyprus;
– royalty: 10% (5% concerning the cinema industry) for use the rights at the territory of Cyprus; 0% for use the rights outside Cyprus.
There is an opportunity to establish other rates by means of agreements of double taxation avoidance.
8. Annual fees to the budget: €350.
9. The stamp tax in case of filing documents: €0.05 – €35 depending on the document’s type.
10. The stamp tax in case of filing contracts for a fixed amount: 0%-0.2% of the contract value (but no more than €20,000).

Other features

The company is considered as resident if most of directors are residents of Cyprus and if they hold meetings there. Such resident companies can apply agreements of double taxation avoidance.

Characteristics of the company LTD

Main characteristics

Type of the company

Limited Liability Company (LTD)



Period of registration

10-12 days

Corporate income tax


Agreements of double taxation avoidance


Activity in the territory of jurisdiction


Relocation into other jurisdiction


Authorized capital

Standard currency


Minimal Registered capital


Authorized share capital





Publicity of the participants’ list


Places for meetings

Any place

Final Beneficiaries

Confidentiality of information

Information is available only to the local agent



1 person

Local Director

Required only for resident companies

Publicity of the directors’ list


Places for meetings

For resident company – Cyprus


Is it required?

Yes, director can acts as a Secretary

Has to be a resident?



Maintaining financial statements


Audit of financial statements


Surrender of financial statements


Confidentiality of the accounting


Annual non-financial report


Payment for the submission of the non-financial report


Fees to the budget

Annual fees to the budget


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