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  Professional offshore incorporations and offshore banking services since 1996

Company Incorporation
Belize

Services available from Belize:

  1. Offshore companies (IBC)

  2. Offshore TRUSTS

  3. Bank Accounts

  4. Gamming Licence

  5. Offshore Bank formation

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Belize IBC:
Fees summary:
Basic
:

Formation Fee: $550  This month special: $199
Memorandum and Articles of Association, Certificate of Incorporation,
Share Certificates, Minutes appointing First Director(s),
Registered Office/Agent: $300 p.a. 
Government Licence: $100 p.a.
Total: $950     $599

Options:

Apostille: $150   (required for bank acc)
Nominee Director: $450 p.a.
Nominee Shareholder: $450 p.a.
Power of Attorney: $100   (only if you'll select a nominee service)
Notarization of Memorandum & Articles of Association: $150
DHL/FedEx Courier: $100 
Certificate of good standing (after one year after incorporation): $150 

Mail Forwarding from Belize - US$300 - include $50 for outgoing mail
Mail Forwarding/Telephone/Fax: $500 (plus disbursements)

Bank Account In Belize US$500

Annual maintenance fees after first year:  (annual fee is due in January)
  Registered Office/Agent: $300 p.a. 
  Government Licence: $100 p.a. (standard capital $50.000)
Total: $400     
(plus fees for nominee directors and shareholders if supplied by us)

Bearer Shares.
The companies incorporated with bearer shares, are required to keep the share certificates in Belize at the registered office.
We recommend to either get registered shares in your name, if privacy is not an issue, or to use our nominee shareholder service ($450/year)


Miscellaneous:
A certificate of good standing with apostille and courier is $310
From June 2008: Belize Tax Exempt Certificates (pdf)

Annual state fees and penalties:
Payments made after June, but before October, incur a state penalty fee of 10%.
Payments made after September, but before November, incur a state penalty of 50%.
If Payments are not made by November 30, the companies will be struck off the Register and a restoration fee plus penalties will need to be paid in order to restore the company.

The annual state fee of a company with an non-standard authorized capital (exceeding US$50,000) is US$1,000

 


For your convenience, we have included a Cost Calculator in the order form:

Order a Belize IBC here
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BELIZE'S IBC: The Ideal Financial Tool . . .

Definition: A Belize IBC is an offshore company which conducts its trading and business outside of Belize.
Belize's legislation also allows an IBC to carry on the following activities within Belize:

  • make or maintain deposits with local banks in Belize;

  • make or maintain professional contact with persons in Belize;

  • prepare or maintain books and records within Belize;

  • hold meetings of its directors or members within Belize;

  • hold lease of property for use as an office in Belize;

  • own a vessel (s) registered in Belize in accordance with the Registration of Merchant Ships Act, 1989;

  • hold shares in another Belize IBC.

Advantages Belize's modern and up to date offshore legislation provides for maximum flexibility in global asset protection and tax and investment planning. As a result, an investor can realize many competitive advantages in areas such as:
Taxation A Belize IBC is exempt from...

  • the payment of all forms of local taxation;

  • the payment of stamp duties for transactions in respect of its shares,

  • debt obligations or other securities;

  • the payment of stamp duties with respect to all instruments relating in any

  • way to its assets or activities.

Exchange Control A Belize IBC is not subject to exchange control regulations. Security and Confidentiality With a Belize IBC... - disclosure of the beneficial owner(s) is not required; - share register may be inspected only by a shareholder; - nominee shareholders and bearer shares are permitted; - assets are protected from confiscation or expropriation orders or similar actions by foreign governments.
Filing Requirements
With a Belize IBC... - only the Memorandum and Articles are required for public records; - the registration and deregistration of Registers of Directors, Members, and Mortgages and Charges are optional.
Cost Savings
With a Belize IBC...

  • no minimum capital is required;

  • no audit of accounts is required;

  • no filing of annual returns is required;

  • only one shareholder and one director are required, who may be corporate;

  • no company secretary is required;

  • no annual general meeting is required;

  • meetings may be held outside of Belize and may be by telephone or other electronic means;

  • shares may be issued with or without par value and in any currency.

Incorporation With a Belize IBC...

  • re-domiciliation into and out of Belize is permitted;

  • registration in any foreign language is permitted.
    In addition, Belize's legislation facilitates speedy and simple incorporation, and its modern and computerized IBC Registry is capable of incorporating a company
    within one hour.

Belize Offshore TRUSTS:

US$

Charitable Trusts / Foundations:
 

$2,900

Full Discretionary Trust:
Formation Fee:
Annual Trustee Fee:


$1,500
$750

Short-Form Trust:
Formation Fee:
Annual Trustee Fee:


$500
$500

Optional Registration:
 

$100

Annual Administration Fee:
The Annual Administration Fee is
calculated on the value of the Trust
Fund - but subject to negotiation if
the assets are limited to real property.

 

0.75%

Investment Transactions/ Cash Management:
 

0.375 %

Amendments by Deed:
 

$100

Appointment of Delegated Manager / Custodian:
 

$50

Transfer of Property:
 

$100

Statement of Account:

$25

Note: Any other time spent on client's business will be billed as incurred. All out of pocket expenses are fully recoverable.
Trust Formation services are usually provided on a time cost basis of $100 per hour.

If we are involved in making substantial amendments to these Standard Trust Deeds, we charge an additional fee for such service at our normal time-cost rate. If the drafting of the Deed of Settlement is done by another party, we charge a $300 acceptance fee.

Transfer of Fees:
Please note the following instructions for international wire transfers:


For your convenience, we have included a Cost Calculator in the order form:

Order a TRUST here


About Belize

Belize is an independent country located on the Caribbean Sea in mainland Central America with Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the South and West. It has a population of about 250,000 and covers an area 8,867 square miles. For nearly 4,000 years, it formed the keystone of the empire of the ancient Maya who developed, what was for their time, the most advanced civilisation in the New World. English is the official language although Spanish is also widely spoken. The ethnic mix is one of the most diverse in the Western Hemisphere.

Under British rule and following Independence in 1981, Belize has enjoyed a history of peace, stability and democracy. While still a colonial state called British Honduras, self-government was achieved in 1964 and the name Belize was restored in 1973.

The legal system of Belize is founded on English Common Law supplemented by local legislation. The certainty with which the affairs of the professional and business community are conducted, particularly trust and commercial matters, is a tribute to this solid foundation and the continuing high standards of training and practice of the professional and financial community in Belize. The Belize Court system is modelled on the English system and the court of final appeal on questions of law is the Privy Council of the House of Lords in England.

The political system is based upon the Westminster model, with Queen Elizabeth II (represented by a Governor-General in Belize) as titular head. Executive authority in Belize is exercised by the Cabinet under the leadership of the Prime Minister, and new legislation is enacted by a 29-member House of Representatives elected by universal adult suffrage every five years. There are two major political parties - the Peoples United Party and the United Democratic Party. Both parties are committed to the economic development of the country and to the expansion of the offshore financial services industry.

Belize is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the United Nations, the Caribbean Common Market (CARICOM), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organisation of American States (OAS), the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank as well as many other regional and international organisations.

Unlike many of the island offshore jurisdictions, Belize still relies heavily on its rich farmlands - with sugar, bananas and citrus being the main export crops. Lobster, shrimp and other marine products also contribute significantly to the country's foreign exchange earnings.

However, in recent years it is the growth of both the tourism and international financial services industries that has helped to put Belize firmly on the map. With the expansion of trade liberalisation programmes and accessibility to world markets becoming ever easier, effective tax planning and financial management have become critical tools in the development of a comprehensive strategic plan.

The demand for offshore services increases steadily and this will secure the future of this industry well into the 21st century.

Belize enjoys excellent telecommunication services worldwide, efficient international courier services and direct daily flights to the USA (Houston and Miami - both offering world-wide connections) and Central America.

 

Requirements of International Business Companies

For purposes of this Act, an International Business Company is a company that
does not:

(a) carry on business with persons resident in Belize;
(b) own an interest in real property situate in Belize, other than a lease referred to in paragraph (e) of subsection (2);
(c) carry on banking business unless it is licensed under an enactment authorising it to carry on such business;
(d) carry on business as an insurance or reinsurance company, insurance agent or insurance broker, unless it is licensed under an enactment authorising it to carry on such business;
(e) carry on the business of providing the registered office for companies;
(f) carry on trust business, unless it is licensed under an enactment authorising it to carry on such business;
(g) carry on collective investment schemes, unless it is licensed under an enactment authorising it to carry on such business;
(h) hold shares, stock, debt obligations or other securities in a company incorporated under the Companies Act or under any enactment amending or substituting the said Act;
(i) subject to subsection (4) below, issue its shares, stock, debt obligations or other securities to any person resident in Belize or to any company incorporated under the Companies Act or under any enactment amending or substituting the said Act; (2) For purposes of paragraph (a) of subsection (1), an International Business Company shall not be treated as carrying on business with persons resident in Belize by reason only that:
(a) it makes or maintains deposits with a company incorporated in Belize and carrying on a banking business within Belize;
(b) it makes or maintains professional contact with solicitors, barristers, accountants, bookkeepers, trust companies, administration companies, investment advisers or other similar persons carrying on business within Belize;
(c) it prepares or maintains books and records within Belize;
(d) it holds, within Belize, meetings of its directors or members;
(e) it holds a lease of property for use as an office from which to communicate with members or where books and records of the company are prepared or maintained;
(f) it owns a vessel or vessels registered in Belize in accordance with the Registration of the Merchant Ships Act, 1989.
(3) The provisions of the enactments authorising the carrying on of the businesses specified in paragraphs (c), (d), (f) and
(g) of subsection (1) above shall override any contrary provisions contained in this Act.


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Available from Belize:

  1. Offshore companies (IBC)

  2. Offshore TRUSTS

  3. Bank Accounts

  4. Gamming licences

  5. Offshore Bank formation

 

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