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Belize
  • Belize is known as a country with beautiful nature in Central America. It has ecologically clean waters which wash reefs untouched by civilization. It also has forests, rivers, waterfalls and jungle, as well as historical sites of Mayan civilization which attract many tourists from all over the world. In 1862, Belize was declared a British colony and was known as British Honduras. It became an independent nation in 1981. The country is ruled by a Prime Minister who is elected by a Senate.
  • Belize is practically the only country in region of Central America where the official language is English.
  • Frequent flights connect the country with such cities as Houston, Miami and New Orleans. The administrative capital of Belize is the city of Belmopan. However, the main commercial centre is Belize City which has a population of around 60,000.
  • Incorporation and management of IBC companies in this country is regulated under the International Business Companies Act 2000 which provides for full exemption of IBC companies from taxation.

GENERAL INFORMATIONTotal area - 22,800 sq km
Population - 350,000
Location - click here to see the map of offshore jurisdictions
Political status - parliamentary monarchy
Capital - Belmopan
Official language - English
Official currency - Belizean Dollar (BZD)
Time zone - GMT - 6
Company typeInternational Business Company (IBC)
Directors/OfficersBelize IBC companies require a minimum of 1 Director, who may be a natural person or a corporate body from any legal jurisdiction.
Each Belize IBC company must file a Register of its Directors with its registered agent or the Register of Enterprises of Belize.
ShareholdersBelize IBC companies require a minimum of 1 shareholder, who may be a natural person or a corporate body from any legal jurisdiction.
Each Belize IBC company must file a Register of its Shareholder/s with its registered agent or the Register of Enterprises of Belize.
SecretaryThere is no statutory requirement for a Company Secretary to be appointed.
Authorised share capital Standard authorised capital = USD 50,000.
There is no statutory requirement for capital to be fully or partly paid on incorporation.
Company Names The name of a Belize IBC company must end with the words "Incorporated", "Corporation", "Limited", or suffixes such as "Inc.", "Corp.", "Ltd.", "S.A.", etc.
Company names containing restricted words such as "Bank", "Insurance", "Trust", "Assurance", "Imperial", "Royal" etc. will not be permitted unless an appropriate national operating licence has been obtained by the company.
Beneficial Ownership information Information with regard to ultimate beneficial ownership must be disclosed to the Registered Agent of the company and is held by the agent on a confidential basis.
Filing of Annual ReturnThere is no requirement to file an Annual Return.
Filing of Financial StatementsThere is no requirement to file Financial Statements in Belize for IBC companies.
Corporate TaxationBelize IBC companies are not subject to corporation tax in Belize.
Tax TreatiesBelize IBC companies are not subject to Double Tax treaties concluded by Belize with other countries.
Timeframe for incorporation 4/5 working days. A complete set of company documents can be delivered in 4/5 weeks.
Takeover of management & secretarial services for an existing Belize IBC companyPossible, following verification of Beneficial Ownership and agreement with and discharge of liabilities to previous corporate service provider in Belize.
Description of incorporation documentsClick here for itemised description of company documents.
"Ready-made"("Shelf") companiesToday we have 2 "Ready-made" companies available in this jurisdiction
Price of Belize IBC companyEUR 1,140, including incorporation costs, full domiciliary (Registered Agent/Office) costs, set of documents legalised by Apostille, including General Power of Attorney.
Cost of annual support servicesEUR 760 per year, including annual Government Duty, full domiciliary (Registered Agent/Office) costs, General Power of Attorney for current year.
  • INTERNATIONAL OVERSEAS SERVICES has the following comments:
  • Belize is a classical tax-free jurisdiction that does not require complicated procedures for company maintenance or annual reporting.
  • An additional benefit of company incorporation in Belize the legislation which allows the name of the incorporated company to be stated not only in English, but also in other alphabets (Chinese, Cyrillic) or in any other existing writing.
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