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Cook Islands Offshore Company Formation

Cook Islands International Company (IC)

A Cook Islands International Company (IC) or International Business Company (IBC) as it is refereed to in other jurisdictions, is an offshore entity giving individuals and corporations numerous advantages such as security and tax planning benefits. The Cook Islands are a total of fifteen islands located in the South Pacific, northeast of New Zealand and between American Samoa and French Polynesia.

The Cook Islands offshore financial sector emerged in 1982 with the passing of the Cook Islands International Companies Act, which was later accompanied by an amending piece of asset protection legislation that is regarded as the most comprehensive and secure pieces of legislation in the world, firmly ensuring the assets of foreign Cook Island investors.

Over the years, the Cook Islands government has, time and time again, supported its position as an offshore financial center, refusing to comply with foreign directives and court orders seeking to strong arm the local government and breech the impenetrable Cook Islands offshore structures. The last few years the Cook Islands, in order to comply with new international standards by the OECD and anti money laundering directives, have had to institute several automatic tax agreements and reporting requirements.

Companies incorporated in the Cook Islands enjoy structural flexibility and simple administrative procedures in a highly secure and confidential location. There are minimal reporting and regulating restrictions with comprehensive protective offshore laws that ensure client security.

There are no other offshore jurisdictions that can boast of such extensive asset protection measures—the Cook Islands are truly the safest place in the world. The Cook Islands also offers two other widely-used offshore formation products for their strong asset protection and security measures.

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Advantages of a Cook Islands Offshore Company

A Cook Islands IC enables companies and individuals to benefit from a number advantages including, but not limited to:

  • Zero tax
  • Political and economic stability
  • Strict enforcement of legislation
  • The worlds most secure asset protection trust legislation
  • An English Common Law System
  • English speaking country
  • Minimum disclosure requirements
  • Currency diversification
  • Limiting personal liability
  • Flexible requirements
  • Minimum financial reporting requirements


Efficient business regulations

  • Fast incorporation
  • Straightforward registration procedures
  • No limitations to the share capital value and currency
  • No requirements of minimum paid-up capital


Confidentiality and Privacy

Benefits from a closed registry
Names of directors and shareholders are not made public
Nominee shareholders and directors are also available, providing another layer of privacy

Asset security and protection

Maintained via provisions that restrict seizure, expropriation or confiscation of assets by foreign authorities or creditors

Enhanced Privacy Law

There is no public registry of International Companies, and information can only be obtained with permission from the company itself.

No Auditing Requirements

The Cook Island requirements can be bypassed through a company resolution


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Top Uses 

There are no restrictions from doing business anywhere outside of the Cook Islands, except where activities are deemed as being illegal or require a license to legally conduct such business.

The only limitations are in conducting business within the Cook Islands and when such activities are in banking, insurance or real estate, which require an appropriate license.

The formation of an IC can be used for, including but not limited to:

  • Offshore savings and investments
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Trade and distribution
  • Forex and stock trading
  • E-commerce
  • Professional service company
  • Confidentiality
  • International trading
  • Financial management

Key Corporate Features

Cook Islands Company Corporate Details
Type of Entity International
Type of Law Common Law
Governed by The International Companies Act 1981-1982
Limited Liability Company Act 2008
Registered Office in Cook Islands Yes
Shelf company availability Yes
Our time to establish a new company 3 days
Minimum government fees (excluding taxation) USD $300.00
Corporate Taxation No
Access to Double Taxation Treaties No
Share capital or equivalent  
Standard currency NZD New Zealand Dollar (NZD 1.15 = USD 1.0)
Permitted currencies Any
Minimum paid up No minimum
Usual authorized USD $5,000
Bearer shares allowed Yes
No par value shares allowed Yes
Minimum number One
Local required No
Publicly accessible records No
Location of meetings Anywhere
Corporate directorship allowed Yes
Minimum number One
Publicly accessible records No
Corporate shareholder allowed Yes
Location of meetings Anywhere
Company Secretary  
Required Yes
Local or qualified Yes
Requirements to prepare Yes
Audit requirements No (by resolution)
Requirements to file accounts No (by resolution)
Publicly accessible accounts No
Recurring Government Costs  
Minimum Annual Tax USD $300
Annual Return Filing Fee None
Requirement to file annual return Yes
Migration of domicile permitted Yes

Packages Includes

  1. Government Registration Fee (First year)
  2. Registered Office Address (First year)
  3. Registered Agent Services (First year)
  4. Company Secretarial Maintenance
  5. Certificate of Incorporation
  6. Memo & Articles of Association
  7. Appointment of 1st Directors
  8. Consent Actions of the BOD
  9. Share Certificates
  10. Register of Directors
  11. Register of Officers
  12. Register of Shareholders
  13. FREE Phone and/or email consultations

Incorporation Requirements

The requirements to register a Cook Island IC are straightforward. A registered agent, acting through a Cook Islands trustee company will submit the necessary documents needed to the Registrar, including:

  • Name of the IC
  • Registered address of the IC
  • Name and address of the registered agent


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Company Taxation

A Cook Islands offshore International Company is exempt from all taxes. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • No income tax
  • No capital gains tax
  • No sales tax
  • No stock sale or transfer tax
  • No capital stock tax
  • No property tax
  • No estate tax
  • No gift tax
  • No stamp tax
  • No succession tax
  • No inventory tax

Company Corporate Details

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Official Language

The official language is English although Cook Islands Maori is spoken amongst the local population.

Language of Company Name

A Cool Islands International Company may be in any language however it must be accompanied by an English translation

Exchange Controls

There are a few restrictions when dealing in New Zealand Dollars; however there are no restrictions on the movement of funds in any other currency

Type of Law

English Common Law

Principal Corporate Legislation

The International Companies Act 1981-1982 outlines the details for all International Business Companies (IBCs)

Other Offshore corporate legislations dealing with companies and services include:

  • International Trusts Acts 1984
  • Limited Liability Company Act 2008

And other corporate legislation dealing with banking, insurance and investing:

  • Cook Islands Monetary Board Act 1981
  • Offshore Banking Act of 1981
  • Trustee Companies Act of 1981-82
  • Offshore Insurance Act, 1981-82
  • International Partnerships Act 1984


Restrictions to Company Name

A company cannot use an identical or similar name of a company that is already incorporated

Suffixes of Limited Liability

A Cook Islands International Company must use Limited or Ltd to denote liability

Classes of Shares Permitted

Preference shares, redeemable shares, shares with or without voting rights and shares of no par value are all permitted


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Any International Company incorporated in the Cook Islands is exempt from all local taxation.

Confidentiality and Anonymity

Nominee services are allowed which ensures confidentiality


An International Company is restricted from conducting business within the Cook Islands, as well as holding any business in real estate, insurance, or banking without the proper license.


The minimum number of directors is one. Directors may be either a body corporate or a natural person. They may of any nationality and need not be resident in the Cook Islands.


A Cook Islands local qualified secretary must be appointed


There must be one shareholder, either and individual or a corporate body

Corporate Meetings

Meetings can take place anywhere in the world

Double Tax Treaties

There are no Double Tax Treaties although the Cook Islands have signed sixteen different Tax Information Exchange Agreements with other countries. However, this provision is only related to criminal matters as the Cook Island authorities never respond to foreign court orders or tax information related requests.

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*Note for U.S. citizens: US citizens are limited in their tax reduction possibilities due to FATCA and CFC laws. Opening an offshore company can increase privacy and asset protection, but you can not eliminate your taxes without giving up your citizenship. If you are a US citizen you are obligated to pay taxes on all worldwide income. 



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