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We specialize in Malta Company Formation and Malta Citizenship and Residency – Residence. We help you with Malta company formation, company set up and incorporation, management services, bank account opening, issue of passports and residence permits, taxation as well as Malta Residence and Citizenship Services in order to obtain Malta Company Tax and Malta Residence and Citizenship Advantages.

Malta provides unique advantages and constructive use of Malta state incentives can give you significant benefits. Tax, residency, safety and lifestyle advantages.

We are leading Company Formation and Citizenship professionals who are part of the FBS Kotsomitis Global Network. We will be your Partner in Malta for ALL your Malta Company Formation and Malta Citizenship Needs.

Offshore Company Formation via Our Network of Companies

With fully fledged offices in Seychelles, Focus Business Services offers investors diverse tax solutions in tax structuring and tax advice by having an offshore alternative to onshore jurisdictions such as Malta and Cyprus. Both Malta and Cyprus are onshore, fully-regulated, EU Member States combining a reputable regulatory regime with a very attractive tax system for Malta registered companies.

However, some investors may find the offshore alternative, as more befitting of their business model.   Focus Business Services does not use agents or intermediaries for company formations in the Seychelles, but home-grown, local professionals who are part of the Focus Business Services Group.  This ensures a swift and reputable delivery at very reasonable fees.

Offshore

The term “offshore company” is used to refer to companies (resident or otherwise) incorporated in offshore financial centres, typically under a non-resident status. Offshore companies often have the following characteristics:

Taxation – In most offshore jurisdictions, tax authorities will not seek to tax companies which they treat as non-resident.  Consequently, revenue from offshore companies, is usually assured through incorporation and annual fees.

Simplicity and Reporting –  with the exception of licensed businesses, such as credit and/or financial institutions, most offshore jurisdictions subject offhsore companies to lesser reporting requirements than so-called onshore jurisdictions.

Confidentiality and Legal protection – some offshore jurisdictions have more restrictive provisions for allowing courts to pierce the corporate veil and identify the ultimate beneficial owners.  In many cases corporate governance rules  shall require the laws of the jurisdiction where the offshore company is incorporated- rather than where it is used – to apply.

Anonymity – the use of the corporate veil, nominee directors and bearer shares permit the ultimate beneficial owners to carry out transactions in the name of an offshore company, whilst preserving the anonymity of the underlying beneficial owner.

Thin capitalisation – With the exception of licensed entities, most offshore jurisdictions do not apply “thin capitalisation” rules on companies.  Consequently, offshore companies may be formed with a purely nominal equity investment.

Financial assistance – offshore companies are usually not prohibited from providing “financial assistance” for the acquisition of their own shares, thereby facilitating the acquisition of an equity participation.

Offshore companies have the following applications:

  • Consultancy, Professional Services, Agency

Professionals, consultants, entertainers, artists and many self-employed individuals may gain substantial advantages by working as employees or external consultants of offshore companies of which they may be the sole shareholders and, if they want to, the sole directors.

  • Property Owning Companies

Many offshore companies, do not impose inheritance tax, capital gains tax on the transfer of immovable property, making them valid corporate entities for the holding of real estate assets.

  • Investment Companies

Offshore companies may act as dividend feeder companies accumulating returns on investment and then using accumulated funds to re-invest or deposit funds elsewhere. Some offshore jurisdictions impose low withholding taxes or do not impose withholding taxes altogether on funds deposited in local banks, thereby ensuring a greater return on investment.

  • Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks

Offshore companies can purchase or be assigned the right to use copyright, patent or trademark. Royalties can then be accumulated in a low-tax, offshore centre.

  • Privacy and Confidentiality

Many offshore jurisdiction companies are exempt from publishing accounting records, and the name and details of their shareholders.

Contact one of our officers to initiate the incorporation of a Seychelles company and start reaping the full benefits of an offshore jurisdiction. Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbsmalta.com or by calling at +356 2338 1500

We are committed to providing you with a swift solution best suited to your needs.

Seychelles International Business Company (IBC)

The Seychelles International Business Company (IBC) is the most popular offshore corporate entity available in Seychelles. As of 1994, the year of the incorporation of the Seychelles International Business Companies Act, over 30,000 Seychelles IBCs have been registered. Similarly to other classic offshore companies, the Seychelles IBC is a tax-free corporate entity designed for engagement into all forms of international business, with no reporting obligations, minimum record-keeping requirements, and deeply-entrenched confidentiality characteristics.
The most salient characteristics of a Seychelles IBC may be summarised as follows:

No taxes

Seychelles International Business Company (IBC) is not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits. A shareholder of a Seychelles IBC is also not subject to any tax on his income derived from the IBC. Likewise, a Seychelles IBC is also also exempt from any stamp duties on all transactions relating to its business, in particular on any transfers of property to or by the company, and on any transactions in respect of the shares, debt obligations or other securities of the IBC.
Consequently, a Seychelles IBC is a tax-free offshore corporation, insofar as it complies with a series of statutory obligations.
In order to qualify as an IBC, a Seychelles company must satisfy the following criteria:

  • It may not carry on business in the Seychelles.
  • It may not own immovable property in the Seychelles.
  • It is precluded from carrying out the business of banking, insurance and registered agent business without a special licence.

All exemptions for a Seychelles IBC shall remain in force for a period of twenty years from the date of incorporation of the IBC.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is one of the hallmarks of Seychelles International Business Company (IBC). Details of the ultimate beneficial owners, directors and shareholders are not publicly accessible. On incorporation of an IBC, the Seychelles Registrar of Companies does not require any data whatsoever on who is the actual beneficial owner of the new company. This information is only known to the licensed Registered Agent of the company and is kept in complete confidentiality. The internal corporate files of the IBC, like the Register of Members, Register of Directors and all Minutes and Resolutions, are kept at the offices of the Registered Agent and are also confidential.
The only documents of a Seychelles IBC that are held on public record are the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association. These documents do not contain any indication as to the actual shareholders or the beneficial owners of the company.

Exchange of Information

Seychelles is an independent country, and consequently not subject to the EU Savings Tax Directive to an overseas principal, unlike some other offshore jurisdictiosn related to the EU member states (primarily, to the UK and its overseas territories).

Fast incorporation

New IBCs are usually incorporated within 24 hours.

Government license fees

A Seychelles IBC pays a government fee of $100 at registration, and per annum thereafter. Quite uniquely, however, this government fee applies to all International Business Companies regardless of the amount of their authorised capital, paid up capital, number of shares or other corporate variables. These licence fees place Seychelles as one of the most competitively priced offshore jurisdictions.

No paid-up capital required

A Seychelles IBC is not required to have any minimum paid-up capital in order to start its business operations. Any amount of authorised capital can be stated in the IBC formation documents, as required by the owners. The amount of the authorised capital can be freely determined at incorporation by the owners of the IBC and there are no mandatory timeframes as to when such capital must be paid up by the shareholders.

No financial reporting

Seychelles IBCs are not required to prepare or file any financial accounts.

Corporate structure

A Seychelles IBC requires a minimum of one shareholder and one director, both of whom may be the same person. There is no requirement to have any local directors or shareholders, and foreign individuals or corporate bodies can be shareholders or directors of a Seychelles IBC. Apart from the director, the company does not have to appoint any other officers.
The shareholders, directors and officers of a Seychelles Business Company may be individuals or corporations and of any nationality. The shareholder’s or director’s meetings need not be held in the Seychelles and there is no requirement for a regular Annual General Meeting.

Meetings can be held by telephone or other electronic means, or by proxy.

Bearer shares

A Seychelles IBC may issue bearer shares, however legal restrictions apply to their issue and transfer. In case any shares are issued to bearer, the Registered Agent of the company (us), must still keep a record (a Register of Bearer Shares) where the names and addresses of all individuals, to whom the bearer shares have been issued, are recorded. A subsequent transfer of a bearer share will not be effective until the name of the new holder of a bearer share is recorded in that Register.
In summary the main characteristics of a Seychelles IBC are as follows:-

Income Tax Nil
Business Taxes Nil
International Business Yes
Local Business No
Share Capital requirements No prescribed minimum
State Licence Fee USD 100
Share Capital Currency Any currency
Share Capital Currency in Kind Yes
Bearer Shares Yes
Minimum Number of Directors One
Minimum Number of Shareholders One
Non-resident directors Yes
Corporate Directors Yes
Registered Agent in Seychelles Obligatory
Register of Members accessible to public No
Holding of Annual General Meeting Not necessary
Keeping of Accounts Not necessary
Auditing of Accounts Not Necessary
Re-domiciliation in and from Seychelles Yes
Time of incorporation 24 hours
Shelf Companies Available

Contact one of our officers to initiate the incorporation of a Seychelles company and start reaping the full benefits of an offshore jurisdiction. Simply fill in the contact box below or contact us by email on enquiries@fbsmalta.com or by calling at +356 2338 1500

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