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Vanuatu IC is the most commonly used offshore entity known for its flexible corporate structure, exemption from all taxes and stamp duty and a high level of

Incorporation: within 5 working days + delivery time for the courier


Minimum paid up capital: No minimum capital requirement

 

Overview

Vanuatu, officially the Republic of Vanuatu, is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, east of Australia west of Fiji and North of New Zealand, consisting of a chain of 13 principal and many smaller islands.

When it comes to offshore businesses and tax havens, Vanuatu ranks among the most popular. In fact, it features amongst the most sought out locations such as the BVI, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Jersey.

An Offshore or International Company, is commonly set up in an offshore financial centre like Vanuatu, where there are no corporate or personal income taxes, capital gains taxes, reporting requirements, or restrictions on company employment policies. As tax laws differ from country to country it is important to seek proper professional advice in your home country to ensure that any use of Vanuatu does not infringe the laws of another country.

The main restriction is that the company, being exempt from all local taxes and restrictions, may not conduct business within the Vanuatu itself.

International companies have several advantages; they can offer complete privacy, for instance if the company shares are held by a trust, the ownership is legally vested in the trustee, thus gaining the potential for even greater tax planning. International companies are widely used vehicles for holding various investments such as property, shares, patents, etc. and can also be useful in operating trading businesses. Both their tax free status and the secrecy provisions embodied in the legislation, makes this type of company attractive to individuals and established companies alike.

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Company incorporation
  • Name check and approval
  • Filling 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
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 Vanuatu International Business Company (IBC)

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Requirements

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

  • Vanuatu International Company is exempt from all forms of taxation in Vanuatu

Other benefits

There is no legal requirement for Annual General Meetings to be held. Directors and Shareholders can vote by Proxy. Meetings can be held anyway in the world thus do not have to be in Vanuatu. If held outside Vanuatu, meeting can be made through telephone, or other means. 

Accounting requirements

Annual Returns or Audited accounts are not required to be filed with the authorities. However, it is necessary for the companies to maintain financial records that reflect the company’s financial situation.

Secretary

Optional, although it is customary to have one

Registered Agent

Required

Registered office

Required

Company name

  • Language: Any
  • Letters: Any
  • Company name must end with such sufixes or their abbreviations: Limited, Corporation, Incorporated, Societe Anonyme, Sociedad Anonima, Sendirian Berhad, Societe a Responsabilite Limitee, Besloten Vennootschap, Gesellschaft mit beschrankter Haftung. An International Company may utilise a broad range of internationally accepted abbreviated words as suffixes to denote their limited liability
  • Names Requiring Consent or a Licence: Bank, buildings society, insurance, assurance, reinsurance, fund management, investment fund, trust, trustees, finance

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 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

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