Our firm can undertake the entire process of incorporating your International Business company (IBC) in Cyprus. A company can be founded in Cyprus as a legal entity by registering under the provisions of the Companies Law CAP 113.
The Companies Law is based on the English Law with several amendments made due to the entry of Cyprus in the European Union (EU).
IBC is a limited liability company whose shares are usually held by non-residents of Cyprus and business activities are conducted outside Cyprus.
Types of companies:
- Holding Company
- Investment Firms
Our experts can provide the appropriate advice to form an advantageous Cyprus International Trust.
Cyprus Company Registration
A Cyprus company is recognized in law as a legal entity, separate from the persons who form the company and/or the directors and shareholders. It has a separate legal existence and is separate and distinct from its owners. Private Limited Companies are considered as one of the most easily managed and cost effective business structures. Tax incentives Some of the main incentives are as follows:
- Low corporation tax at flat rate of 12.5% on net profit.
- Dividend income is exempt from corporation tax.
- No withholding tax on payments to non-residents (dividends, interest and royalties).
- No capital gains tax on profit from sale of securities.
- Non-resident entities are only taxed on their Cyprus-sourced income.
- Profits from overseas permanent establishments are exempt from corporation tax.
- Restructuring legislation in line with the EU Merger Directive extending to non-EU companies.
Cyprus company facts
Share Capital: Although there is no minimum initial share capital requirement, our firm’s practice is to incorporate Cyprus companies with 1000 Euros authorised share capital of which the whole amount is issued in shares of 1,00 Euro each.
Shareholders: The minimum number of shareholders is one (1), and this can either be a physical person or a corporate entity. Our firm offers nominee shareholders to hold shares as trustees of the client.
Directors: The minimum number of directors one (1), and this can either be a physical person or a corporate entity. Although there is no legal requirement for the nationality of the directors, we advise that if the Cyprus company intends to be a tax resident in Cyprus, then at least the majority of the board of directors should be comprised of Cyprus resident directors. Our firm offers nominee directors, corporate and physical persons. It is possible to arrange for the appointment of professional directors at a fee to be discussed according to the circumstances of each client.
Secretary: Although there is no legal requirement for the nationality of the secretary, we advise that for practical purposes, the secretary is a Cyprus resident. This can either be a physical person or a corporate entity. Our firm offers nominee secretary services.
Registered office: The registered office is the official physical address of the company and must be in Cyprus. The statutory books and seal of the company must be kept at this location. Our firm can provide a registered office service upon request.
Tax Registration: It is obligatory for all Cyprus companies to be registered with the Tax Authorities upon their incorporation.
Financial Statements: Audited financial statements have to be submitted to the Cyprus Tax Authorities within 18 months from the incorporation of the Cyprus company and once every 12 months thereafter. Our firm is in a position to offer, through associated accounting and audit firms accounting and audit services.