Belize boasts an excellent reputation and it is readily accepted in banks in Hong Kong, China, Singapore and major banks around the world. Belize is a clean, reputable jurisdiction that meets international standards of best practice.
Belize is an English language jurisdiction but you can register your company in the language of your choice. A common law, experienced jurisdiction, Belize is an excellent choice for the international investor and international business owner who operates from any segment of the globe.
On January 1, 2019, the government of Belize passed a law making major changes to the International Business Company, essentially making the IBC more of a local company without subjecting it to the payment of local tax provided the source of the income nor the source of the receipts are from Belize.
There is also a requirement for filing annual tax returns and there are changes to the conditions of the IBC if there is a resident director or if the company has physical presence. These are good news for the jurisdiction since it now resembles more long-term established jurisdictions. Although changes to the law are effective, the government of Belize has yet to indicate how these changes will be executed.
Also, we are waiting for guidance on the standing of the great protection and confidentiality the law which governs IBCs. However, most changes to the Belize International Business Companies Act will affect existing structures and will impose reporting requirements to all.
Please contact us for guidance and possible options to your existing structures.
Check out our quick facts guide and other information regarding the recent changes to the Belize Companies Act:
Please write us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about these and other major changes in Belize.
|Government & Political Stability||Excellent||Belize has a long history of peace, stability and democracy. It is an independent country, member of the Commonwealth and CARICOM.|
|Location||Caribbean||Belize is located on the Eastern seaboard of Central America. It is bordered Guatemala to the West and to the North by the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.|
|Type of Law||English Common Law.|
|Language||English||Registration of Chinese name and issuance of M&A in Chinese and other languages, available.|
|Level of Confidentiality||Compliant||Belize is in compliance with the highest standards imposed by OECE.|
|Type of Company||IBC||Limited Duration Companies (LDC) and Limited Liability Companies (LLC) and Foundations are also available.|
|Tax on Offshore Profits||No||Taxation on income sourced from within Belize, includes property ownership in Belize.|
|Local Registered Office & Agent||Yes|
|Local Director Required||No|
|Corporate Directors Allowed||Yes|
|Minimum number of Shareholders||1|
|Corporate Shareholders Permitted||Yes|
|Company Secretary Required||No|
|Bearer Shares||No||Aspen Global Incorporations does not provide companies with bearer shares.|
|Annual Return Filing||Yes||If income is sourced in Belize|
|Shelf Companies Available||Yes||English names only.|
|Certificate of Incumbency available in Hong Kong||Yes||We have been authorized by the Registered Agent to issue certificates of incumbencies (registered agent certificates).|
|Trusts||Yes||The Belize Trusts Act is based on the Guernsey Trusts Law of 1989 with various amendments and innovations. Belize trusts are exempt from all local taxation including duties charged on the death of the settlor or beneficiaries.
Trustee services available.
|Bank accounts, Visa debit cards, on-line banking and other banking services||Yes||Service available for approved Belize IBC’s.|
Aspen Global Incorporations Limited assists in offshore company formation & international business structures; virtual offices, company management, and secretarial services. Formation and administration of trusts & foundations. We can assist in the development of efficient international tax planning. We make banking referrals; provide accounting & audit services, and more in Belize.