Seychelles International Business Company IBC
The most popular and versatile type of offshore corporation available in Seychelles is the International Business Company, known as the Seychelles IBC. It is very similar to other widely recognized offshore corporate vehicles, notably the British Virgin Islands IBC. There are currently over 20,000 IBCs registered in the Republic of Seychelles, with approximately 600 new companies registered every month.
A Seychelles offshore company, by definition of the law, is not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits. It is also exempt from stamp duties on transfer of property and any exchange controls.
Essentially, a Seychelles IBC is a completely tax-free corporation, insofar as it complies with a few simple rules - first of all, the rule of non-operation within the Seychelles. The law provides that all exemptions for a Seychelles IBC shall remain in force for a period of twenty years from the date of incorporation of the IBC.
In order to qualify as an IBC, a company must satisfy the following criteria:
- It may not carry on business in Seychelles.
- It may not own real estate in Seychelles.
- It may not do banking, insurance and registered agent business.
However, a Seychelles IBC may still do the following:
- Maintain Seychelles-based bank accounts and deposits.
- Maintain books and records within Seychelles.
- Maintain professional relationship in Seychelles with attorneys, accountants, trust and management companies, investment advisers or other similar persons.
- Hold meetings of its directors in Seychelles.
- Lease a property in Seychelles to use as office from which to communicate with members and where books and records can be kept.
- Hold shares, debt obligations or other securities in another Seychelles IBC or in a Seychelles domestic company.
- Own a vessel or and aircraft registered in Seychelles.
- Shares in a Seychelles IBC may also be held by a person resident in Seychelles.
The incorporation of a Seychelles IBC can be done within a day.
This is one of the fastest in the world.
Confidentiality is one of the key features as details of the company beneficial owners, directors and shareholders are NOT part of public record. This information is kept only at the offices of the Registered Agent in complete confidentiality.
The only documents held on public record are the Memorandum and Articles of Association, but these documents are normally generated by the Registered Agent and does not contain any indication of the actual owners of the company.
Seychelles is an independent country. As such, it is not sharing or reporting information to any overseas "principal", or organization. Seychelles is not subject to the EU Savings Tax Directive, unlike some of the offshore tax havens related to the EU member states (primarily UK and its overseas territories).
Low maintenance costs
A Seychelles IBC pays the following annual license fees:
$ 100 per annum for companies with authorised capital of up to $ 100 000.
$ 1000 per annum for companies with authorised capital exceeding $ 100 000.
A Seychelles IBC needs only to have one Director, who may be either a physical person or a corporate body. It also needs only one shareholder. Local residents may act as directors or shareholders of a Seychelles IBC, including in a nominee capacity. Meetings of directors or shareholders may be held anywhere in the world. Local bank accounts in Seychelles may be held and operated. The management structure of a Seychelles IBC may be designed in accordance with the widest variety of requirements.
A Seychelles IBC can be configured with bearer shares, although certain procedural restrictions towards use of bearer shares are expected to be introduced soon.
A Seychelles IBC does not have an obligation to prepare of file accounts.