A Vanuatu offshore company called a International Company (IC), often referred to as an International Business Company (IBC), offers the most advantageous formation opportunities for individuals and companies looking to incorporate in a zero tax jurisdiction, with no financial requirements and guaranteed confidentiality of all names and details of directors and shareholders.
Vanuatu is located East of Australia and North of New Zealand and is made up of eighty islands scattered throughout the South Pacific Ocean. The jurisdiction offers several company formation packages as well as other financial services including a Security Dealers Licence that has been quite popular amongst the global financial community due to its simple formation process and liberal regulations.
Vanuatu has been offering offshore financial products since 1971, but it was through the introduction of the International Companies Act 1993 that Vanuatu has made a name for itself as an offshore financial destination.
An International Company based in Vanuatu has any number of benefits for international businesses and trading companies including: single member ownership, no annual reporting requirements, together with fixes annual fees and a simple incorporation procedure.
Vanuatu is based on an English Common Law system, has a stable economic and political environment, is a signatory to a number of international treaties and organizations, and has complied with and remains dedicated to ensuring compliance the international financial standards of OECD and FAFTA.
For all of the jurisdiction's benefits, Vanuatu remains perhaps the world's most underrated offshore financial destination.
Vanuatu has a well-formed offshore industry and has been attracting many for not only their offshore company entities, but also their International Banking Licence and formation possibilities, and for their Economic Citizenship Investment programs, that offers passport and citizenship possibilities for expats, global investors, and digital nomads looking for second passport opportunities.
If you would like more information on the Advantages of Vanuatu as an Offshore Financial Center where we go into more detail the jurisdiction as a whole and its economic and financial environment.
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|Vanuatu IBC||Corporate Details|
|Type of Entity||International Company|
|Type of Law||Common Law|
|Governed by||International Companies Act 1993|
|Registered Office in Isle of Man||Yes|
|Shelf company availability||Yes|
|Our time to establish a new company||2-3 Business days|
|Minimum government fees (excluding taxation)||USD 300|
|Access to Double Taxation Treaties||No|
|Share capital or equivalent|
|Standard currency||USD and Vanuatu Vatu|
|Minimum paid up||No minimum|
|Usual authorized||USD 10,000|
|Bearer shares allowed||Yes|
|No par value shares allowed||Yes|
|Publicly accessible records||No|
|Location of meetings||Anywhere|
|Corporate directorship allowed||Yes|
|Publicly accessible records||No|
|Corporate shareholder allowed||Yes|
|Location of meetings||Anywhere|
|Local or qualified||No|
|Requirements to prepare||No|
|Requirements to file accounts||No|
|Publicly accessible accounts||No|
|Recurring Government Costs|
|Minimum Annual Tax||USD 300|
|Annual Return Filing Fee||N/A|
|Requirement to file annual return||No|
|Migration of domicile permitted||Yes|
To incorporate a Vanuatu International Company, the following information is required:
One all of the documents are received together with the appropriate fee, they will be sent to the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission. Upon receiving the documents, the certificate of incorporation will be made within 2 – 3 days, which will then be shipped out via DHL or FedEx to the given address and should be received within 5 – 7 days.
All Vanuatu International Companies are exempt from all local taxation including taxes including, but not limited to:
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All names and details of Directors, Shareholders, and Beneficial owners are not publicly available and are held confidentially. There are not requirements to disclose any financial information of the IC. There are no financial reporting or annual requirements. Nominee services for both shareholders and directors are available to ensure anonymity.
A Vanuatu IC may issues registered shares, preference shares, redeemable shares, shares with no par value, bearer shares, and shares with or without voting rights.
The usual authorized capital is USD 10,000. There are no minimum capital requirements needed to establish a Vanuatu IC.
No financial statements need to be submitted to the Company Registry or any government authority, though a company must keep accounts detailing the financial position of the company, which may be kept in any country.
Only one Director is required for a Vanuatu International Company. A Director may either be an individual or a body corporate, a resident of any country, and of any nationality. Nominee serves are available. The name and details of Directors are not publically available. Sole member ownership is possible, wherein the Director becomes the sole shareholder.
A company secretary is not required
Company meetings are not required for a Vanuatu International Company. If a company does decide to hold company meetings, they may take place anywhere in the world.
There are two primary pieces of legislation that govern the international financial and business sector, The Companies Act (Cap 191) and the International Companies Act (1993)
Vanuatu is based on English Common Law
A Vanuatu International Company requires that there be at least one shareholder. A shareholder may either be an individual or a corporate entity, from any country and a resident of any country.
An International Company can not trade within Vanuatu or own local real estate. If a company engages in any business activities related to assurance, insurance, fund management, banking, must first seek approval and the appropriate licence.
There are no exchange controls in Vanuatu
A Vanuatu International Company has all of the same rights and privileges as a legal person
There are no audit requirements for a Vanuatu International Company
There are no annual reporting requirements for an IC
Yes Shelf Companies are readily available
2-3 Business Days
A company must not use a name that is already in use that is identical or similar to a name already used by another company. An IC may also not use any name that is affiliated with or similar to a name of a public organization, government, international organization, or any name that is seen to be undesirable or inappropriate by the Company Registry.
A Company must seek prior approval or licence if its company name uses the word bank, building society, insurance, assurance, investment, trust, trustee, or finance etc…
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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. Read more here about FATCA and CFC laws.
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