Belize

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Company Formation in Belize

Belize was formerly called British Honduras and is an independent democratic Commonwealth country located on the Caribbean seaboard of Central America. Since independence from Britain in 1981, it has enjoyed a stable and democratic government based on British legal system.

As one of the largest internationally recognized offshore centers, Belize’s main advantages are the speed with which it is possible to register a company (1-2 days) and the increased confidentiality that this country offers.

The administrative capital is Belmopan, but the major commercial center is Belize City, which is located on the eastern coast close to the major international airport.

Some EU states have Tax Treaties with Belize – for example UK, Austria and Switzerland.

Belize IBC company can be incorporated with bearer shares, however, the Belize registered agent shall at all times retain physical possession of the bearer shares certificate as per an amendment to the International Financial Services Practitioners (Code of Conduct) Regulations of Belize that came into force on 1 January 2013.

Advantages of company incorporation in Belize:

One of the most modern and stable offshore jurisdiction, a Belize IBC is an ideal corporate vehicle for international financial transactions;

English is the official language and all the workplace, including contracts written, assessed are implemented in English;

Based on the 1990 Belize Companies Act, a Belize IBC is tax-free if it does not conduct business within the territory of Belize (but it may enter into business with other Belize IBC’s);

No taxes of any sort – Corporation tax 0%, Tax on Dividends – 0%, Withholding tax – 0%;

In place of tax, there is a fixed annual government fee, as well as an annual registered agent fee;

There are no restrictions on foreign Directors or Shareholders, individual or corporate;

There is no minimum authorized or issued share capital requirement;

There is no withholding tax on interest, dividends and royalty, no capital gains tax in Belize;

Interim dividends distribution is allowed. Distribution to foreign entities or individuals are not taxed in Belize;

Nominee services are available;

No requirement for filing of financial accounts or audit;

Summary of Belize Company and main characteristics:

General Information 
Type of companyInternational Business Company (IBC)
Corporate LegislationThe Belize International Financial Service Commission is the governing authority and companies are regulated under the IBC Act 1999.
TaxationNo taxes of any sort.
Corporation Tax – 0%
Tax on Dividends – 0%

Withholding tax – 0%
CurrencyStandard Currency USD$
Share Capital can be in USD$
Paid up capital requirementNo paid up capital required
Time zoneGMT-6
Directors
Minimum no. required1
Local Director requiredNo
Location of MeetingsAnywhere
Shareholders
Minimum no. required1
Location of MeetingsAnywhere
Company Secretary
RequiredNo
Local Secretary requiredNo
Registered office requiredYes
Share Capital
Standard CurrencyUSD$
Standard Authorized Capital10.000 USD$
Minimum paid up capitalNo
Accounting Requirements
Preparation of accountsNot required
Requirement for auditNo
Accounts public accessibleNo
Requirement to file Annual ReturnNo
Further Information
Bearer sharesYes, bearer of share warrant
ConfidentialityYes
Nominee servicesAvailable
Need to travelNo
ApostilleYes, Hague Convention 1961
OwnersIndividuals or Corporate

Register your Belize Company

Company Formation – with all services included for the first year:

Certificate of Incorporation;

Memorandum and Articles of Association;

Appointment of Director(s), Distribution of Shares, Minutes, Resolutions in accordance with banks requirements;

Share Certificate(s);

Authorized Share Capital of 10,000USD$;

Local Registered Office Address;

Registered Agent;

Personal manager assistance for the entire period.

Renewal Fee after one year – with all services included for the next year:

Local Registered Office Address;

Registered Agent;

Government annual fees;

Personal manager assistance for the entire period.

Nominee Director – Individual or Corporate as per client’s request:

Nominee Shareholder – Individual or Corporate as per client’s request:

Power of Attorney – General / Special PoA Notary Legalized with Apostille, in accordance official institutions and with banks requirements:

Certificate of Good Standing with Apostille, in accordance with official institutions and banks requirements:

Certificate of Incumbency with Apostille, in accordance with official institutions and banks requirements:

Legalization of Documents:

  • Document Notarization per document:
  • Bundle of documents Notarization;
  • Document Apostillation per document;
  • Bundle of documents Apostillation.

Company Seal:

Company Rubber Stamp:

Bank Account opening service – Quotation based on each particular case;

Compliance Service – After Company Incorporation Services – new persons, legal entities, annual compliance review:

Accounting & Bookkeeping – Quotation based on each particular case.