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:
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 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).
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.
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.
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:-
|Share Capital requirements||No prescribed minimum|
|State Licence Fee||USD 100|
|Share Capital Currency||Any currency|
|Share Capital Currency in Kind||Yes|
|Minimum Number of Directors||One|
|Minimum Number of Shareholders||One|
|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|
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