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International Business Company in Seychelles is an ideal solution for confidential and fully tax-exempted international business: no requirements to file annual returns, no taxes or stamp duties, no US or IRS interference, no public records. The Seychelles IBC is commonly used for international trading operations, investments and holding purposes, leasing of vehicles or aircraft, marketing and financial activities.

Incorporation: within 3 weeks + delivery time for the courier


Minimum paid up capital: No minimum capital requirement

 

Overview

Located in the western Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar the Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands and is a popular offshore jurisdiction best known for inexpensive incorporation fees and speed of service.

Seychelles IBC,an International Business Company, is the most popular and versatile type of offshore corporation available in Seychelles. Similar to other classic offshore companies, Seychelles IBC is designed to engage in international business. Being an IBC, it is subject to minimum red-tape. While being obliged to keep internal records and registries in good order, a Seychelles IBC does not nave to submit any financial reports to public file. There is also no mandatory audit requirement. Additionally the Republic of Seychelles is a nation. Therefore, it does not report any confidential records to organizations overseas. A Seychelles IBC is not related and does not fall under the EU Tax law in comparison with other companies that have to comply with the EU regulations (i.e. the UK and its territories overseas).

Seychelles IBC is similar to the most popular international business company, the BVI IBC, and in some respects even exceeds that benchmark model of offshore corporation. Since the introduction of the Seychelles International Business Companies Act in 1994, over 100`000 Seychelles IBC`s have been registered, with more than 600 new offshore companies being registered every month.

The formation, tax benefits and general structure of a Seychelles IBC is regulated by the Seychelles International Business Companies Act 1994.

Seychelles has not entered nor signed any contractual agreements with foreign nations in exchange for financial help. Foreign businesses and investors substantially contribute to the country`s development. Subsequently there is a public and government interest to support the IBCs thus keeping the status of a viable and competitive offshore solution.

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Company incorporation
  • Name check and approval
  • Filling the incorporation documents with the Registrar of Companies
  • A standard set of original corporate documents
  • Payment of the Government fee
  • Provision of registered agent and registered address for one year
  • Provision of company secretary for one year
Local secretary
Government fees
Registered office for 1 year
Delivery of original documents
Apostilled documents
  • If applying for a corporate bank account, you will need to order a full set of apostilled company documents when the account is opened outside of the country of Company.
Nominee director and shareholder
  • This service is required if you do not want your name to appear in the corporate documents or in the government registry. For this purpose, we will appoint another person or entity that will act on your behalf and for your interests and benefit. Such a relationship will be legally based on Power of Attorney and Trust Declaration. Despite Power of Attorney not being publicly available, such service does not guarantee 100% confidentiality. In case of request from public authorities the information about actual beneficial owner may be disclosed.
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Facts & Info for Seychelles International Business Company (IBC)

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General information

Company structure

  • Only one shareholder (can also be a legal person, no nationality restriction or residency restrictions)
  • Only one director (can also be a legal person, no nationality or residency restrictions)

Confidentiality

  • Beneficial owners' details – Not part of public record
  • Shareholders' details – Not part of public record
  • Directors' details –Not part of public record

Taxation

A Seychelles IBC, 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.

Other benefits

The directors and the shareholders meetings need not be held in Seychelles also there is no requirement for an Annual General Meeting. All meetings may be held outside Seychelles, by telephone or other electronic means. Alternatively, directors and shareholders may vote by proxy.

Accounting requirements

Whilst there is no requirement to file audited financial statements or annual returns with local authorities, a Seychelles IBC is required to keep financial records, which should reflect the financial position of the company. As per International Business Companies Act, amended in 2012, all IBC’s are required to maintain their accounting records. Unless such records are kept at the registered office of the Company, the director must notify the registered agent in writing of the place in which account records shall be kept (it may be in or outside Seychelles). Accounting records shall be maintained for a period of 7 years (from the completion of the transactions). “Accounting records” is defined as “documents relating to assets and liabilities of the company including receipts and expenditure, sales and purchases and other transactions”.

Secretary

Not Required – although it is customary to do so

Registered Agent

Required

Registered office

Required

Company name

  • Language: Any
  • Letters: From Roman alphabet
  • Company name must end with such sufixes or their abbreviations: Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Société Anonyme. A wide variety of other suffixes such as BV, GmbH, and SARL may also be used
  • Names Requiring Consent or a Licence: Bank, Insurance, Assurance, Re-Insurance, Trusts, Trustee, Savings, Royal, Asset Management, Funds, Foundation, Building Society, Municipal, Chartered, Finance, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Leasing, Lease, Forex, Broker, Brokerage, Gaming

N.B.

  • Restricted connections for company name: name of state, national or local government.
  • Any name that implies illegal activity or implies royal or government patronage is restricted.
  • Registrar may reject any name which it considers undesirable or contrary to the public interest.
  • Company name is restricted to be identical or similar that of an existing company.
  • In case when foreign language is used for company name the translation must be provided to Registrar which will ensure conformity to above listed restrictions.

Incorporation

  • Name check and approval
  • Filling the incorporation documents with the Registrar of Companies
  • A standard set of original corporate documents
  • Payment of the Government fee
  • Provision of registered agent and registered address for one year
  • Provision of company secretary for one year

Please provide us with the following documents and data:

 Incorporation

  • A notarized copy of valid passport (of each Shareholder, Director, Beneficial Owner, Authorized Signatory)
  • A copy of proof of residential address (ex. utility bill of each Shareholder, Director, Beneficial Owner, Authorized Signatory that is not older than 3 months) in English
  • Optional: A notarized copy of Bank reference (of each Shareholder, Director, Beneficial Owner, Authorized Signatory)
  • Optional: CV (of each Director and Shareholder)

N.B.

  • If Shareholders and/or directors are legal persons, then it is required to submit full set of apostilled company documents and if company is operating more than 1 year it is required to submit certificate of Good Standing.
  • If documents are not in English language or language of particular country, then they must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

 Capital

  • Amount of paid up capital

 Company name

  • Three company names in order of preference