Gibraltar Offshore Company Formation
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A Gibraltar company formation is a non-resident corporate entity that can be set up and registered in a matter of a few days, with low fees, and minimal paperwork. It is a perfect corporate entity that is free from taxation on all worldwide profits. Gibraltar calls an offshore company a Gibraltar non-resident company (NRC) which is the equivalent of a regular IBC or limited company.
Gibraltar’s 'offshore' International Business Company (IBC) equivalent, referred to as a Gibraltar Non-Resident Company is an international investment and tax-planning vehicle.
These international instruments are much the same as local Gibraltar companies. As such, the government in Gibraltar never generally describes their country as being a conventional offshore environment. They instead see themselves as a more traditional onshore environment offering tax benefits and investment opportunities much similar to many structures found in offshore jurisdictions.
Gibraltar Companies Act
Gibraltar has a long-standing international offshore financial history that goes back to the passing of Gibraltar’s Companies Ordinance in 1967. Modeled after the UK Companies Act 1929, the offshore Gibraltar company law has been remodeled to suit the jurisdiction’s unique environment.
Of Gibraltar’s four different offshore companies, the Non-Resident Company is, by far and away, their most popular offshore financial product.
A Non-Resident Company has many potential applications that include anything from international trading to e-Commerce—its multifaceted capability gives individuals and corporations great flexibility. A Gibraltar company may be one of four types:
- A Gibraltar ltd company, limited by shares
- A Gibraltar ltd company, limited by guarantee (having share capital)
- A Gibraltar ltd company, limited by guarantee (without share capital)
- A Gibraltar unlimited company
Of the many reasons to register an international company offshore, easing a company’s tax burden always remains high on the list. Gibraltar’s Non-Resident Companies are not only exempt from paying any local taxes, but also enjoy secure asset protection provisions and flexible corporate structuring that allows for single individual ownership.
These are just some of the main reasons that make Gibraltar’s Non-Resident Company a formidable choice in the world of international finance. For more information on the Advantages of Gibraltar as an Offshore Financial Center, click here.
Table of Contents:
- Top Uses
- Key Corporate Features
- Incorporation Package
- Registration Requirements
- Corporate Taxation
- Setting up a Business in Gibraltar
- Corporate Details
- Reasonable yearly rates
- Name of company may be in any language
- Legislation and offshore finance sector goes back to 1967
- Gibraltar has a long history of financial and offshore products
- Financial and accounting records are not made public
- Nominee service availability
- Single ownership of Non-Resident company is possible
- English Common Law system
- Modern infrastructure
- Strong secure asset protection
- English speaking country
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- Holding Company
- International trade
- Property Holding
- International investing
- Holding of vehicles, ships or other forms of transportation
Key Corporate Features
|Gibraltar Non-Resident Company
|Type of Entity
|Type of Law
|English Common Law with local statues
|Gibraltar Companies Ordinance 1967
|Registered Office in Gibraltar
|Shelf company availability
|Our time to establish a new company
|5 – 10 business days
|Minimum government fees (excludes taxation)
|Access to Double Taxation Treaties
|Share capital or equivalent
|Gibraltar Pound and British Pound (£)
(GIP 1 = GBP/£ 1)
|Minimum paid up
|Bearer shares allowed
|No par value shares allowed
|Publicly accessible records
|Location of meetings
|Anywhere, except Gibraltar
|Corporate directorship allowed
|Publicly accessible records
|Corporate shareholder allowed
|Location of meetings
|Anywhere, except Gibraltar
|Local or qualified
|Requirements to prepare
|Yes (but exceptions for small companies)
|Requirements to file accounts
|Publicly accessible accounts
|Recurring Government Costs
|Minimum Annual Tax
|Annual Return Filing Fee
|Requirement to file annual return
|Migration of domicile permitted
Company Incorporation Package
- Government Registration Fee (First year)
- Registered Office Address (First year)
- Registered Agent Services (First year)
- Company Secretarial Maintenance
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Memo & Articles of Association
- Appointment of 1st Directors
- Consent Actions of the BOD
- Share Certificates
- Register of Directors
- Register of Officers
- Register of Shareholders
- FREE Phone and/or email consultations
Company Registration Requirements
To register a Gibraltar Non-Resident Company, a client must get the approval of the company name from the Registry and must submit:
- Company Memorandum
- Articles of Association
- A statement proving a Registered Office
- Authorised Share Capital
- Declaration of Compliance
- The appropriate fee to the Gibraltar Companies Registry
How do I Register a Company?
To register a company in Gibraltar you need:
- The company must have a registered office.
- The company is to have a local secretary
- Have minimum share capital
- All the necessary documents
- Pay the registration fee
- Copy of passports of directors,
- Proof of physical address
- Reference from a registered professional
- Person CV
How Much Does it Cost to Register a Company?
The cost to register a company depends on a number of factors, including the type of business, whether you need a license, the cost of setting up an office including the use of PO Box, local secretary, bank account opening as well as other legal services such as signatory and nominee service
Why do Companies Set Up There?
There are a number of reasons why companies set up in Gibraltar. Tax rates for companies in Gibraltar are very attractive which makes it great place for international trading companies.
A key benefit of Gibraltar companies is that they are not taxed on profit if the profit is generated from activities outside Gibraltar, therefore all profits that are made outside the country can be held by a local company and remain tax-free.
A Gibraltar Non-Resident Company does not have to pay any local taxes, if it does not conduct any business activities within the country.
Non-Resident Companies are exempt from paying any taxes, including but not limited to:
- Capital gains tax
- Wealth tax
- Sales tax or value-added tax
- Income tax
A non-resident company formed in Gibraltar is not taxable if:
- it is owned by non-residents
- if the directors reside and hold meetings outside Gibraltar
- if the company does not trade or carry on any business inside Gibraltar with and residents or companies
Setting up a Business
Before setting up a business in Gibraltar make sure that the company has the appropriate license, which may or not be needed depending on the industry (such as finance, trade and manufacturing).
Non-resident companies which means the company is owned by a nonresident individual are not liable to local taxation. Make sure you qualify for this if this is the reason you are incorporating in the country as this will be the most significant factor for establishing a company in Gibraltar in the first place.
What this means is that if all trading or business activities are done outside of the country then it is not taxable.
Types of Business entities
- Limited Liability Partnership
- Limited Company
- Protected Cell Company
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Anonymity, Confidentiality and Disclosure
A Gibraltar based Non-Resident Company’s details of the beneficial owner, Directors, and Shareholders are publicly available and are disclosed to the Corporate Registry. However, nominee services are readily available to protect the identity of those who wish to remain anonymous. Financial accounts, though they must be filed, are not readily made available to the public.
A Company may have registered shares, preference shares, redeemable shares, shares with and without voting rights, bearer shares, and share with and without par value.
A Gibraltar Non-Resident Company has a minimum required capital of GBP 1. The usual authorized amount is GBP 2,000 for the minimum capital duty payable upon incorporation. Capital duty over GBP 2,000 is at 0.5%.
A Gibraltar Non-Resident Company is required to have one Director. The Director may be of any nationality and maybe a corporate entity.
A local qualified Secretary, either an individual person or a company is required for all Non-Resident Companies.
Company Meetings are not required and may be held anywhere in the world except Gibraltar.
Principal Corporate Legislation
The Gibraltar Companies Ordinance (1967) is based off of the UK Companies Act 1929 and the Companies Ordinance 1984
Type of Law
English Common Law
There must be a minimum of one, which may be an individual or a corporate entity of any nationality. Shareholders name and details are publicly available though nominee services are available for enhanced privacy. The Company Register holds a public registry of all the company’s shareholders.
There are no exchange control or currency restrictions in Gibraltar.
Powers of the Company
A Gibraltar Non-Resident Company has all of the same rights and powers as a natural person
Language of legislation and Corporate Documents
Registered Office required
A local registered office is required for all Gibraltar Non-Resident Companies. A company must keep a copy of its Registry of shareholders and directors in its registered local office.
A local qualified individual or company Secretary and a local registered office are required for all Gibraltar Non-Resident Companies.
Financial Statements Required
All Gibraltar Non-Resident companies must prepare, maintain, and file appropriate accounting records. If a company qualifies as a “small company” then it may file an abridged balance sheet, and there is no need to file a profit and loss account, nor an auditors report.
To qualify as a small company, two of the three requirements, below, need be met:
Net Annual turnover under GBP 6.5 million
Total Balance Sheet below GBP 3.26 million
Number of employees should not exceed 50
All Gibraltar Non-Resident companies must file audited accounts, except for a company that qualifies as a “small company” (see above).
An annual return must be filed to the Register of Companies in Gibraltar. The first return is required to be filed within the first 15 months, and every year thereafter.
Shelf Companies available
A shelf company is available for a Gibraltar Non-Resident Company
Time required to form an offshore company
5-10 days are needed to form an offshore company in Gibraltar
A Non-Resident Company must not use a name that is identical or similar to an already existing company or any name that is considered offensive by the Registry, or any name that suggests patronage of the royal family, local government or English government, or any name that may be seen as being linked to the banking of finance industry.
Language of Name
The name of the company may be in a language that uses the Latin alphabet, but must include an English translation.
Names of Company requiring a special licence or permission
A Non-Resident Company requires that a special licence or consent be given if business has a name that includes the word: bank, building society, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, asset management, investment fund, trust, trustees, municipal, Chamber of Commerce, or co-operative.
A Gibraltar Non-Resident Company can not trade or conduct any business activities within the country including banking, deposit taking, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, asset management or any other finance related activity.
Access to Double Tax Treaties
Gibraltar has not signed any Double Tax Treaties.
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