COMPANY FORMATION IN CYPRUS

Although Cyprus is no longer the offshore tax haven that it used to be before it became a member of the EU, it remains a dream destination for many foreign investors. An efficient and sophisticated business environment, coupled with corporate income tax of just 12,5%, help to explain the pull.


KEY FEATURES

The main advantages of Cyprus companies are:

  • Cyprus shelf companies available. Ask now.
  • Lowest corporate tax rate in EU -12,5%
  • 0% withholding tax on dividends, interests and royalties
  • Exemption of dividend income for holding structures
  • Ability to set up both resident and non-resident structures
  • Structuring possibilities for reduction of corporate tax as agency structure
  • Extensive tax treaties network and access to EU Directives

POPULAR APPLICATIONS

  • TRADING COMPANY
  • HOLDING COMPANY

CYPRUS LTD. AS TRADING COMPANY

A company may be established for international trading purposes and pay the lowest taxation in Europe (12,5%) on their net profits. In addition, there are no withholding taxes on payment of dividends to non-resident shareholders.

If management and control is overseas, then the Cyprus company may elect to not be taxable in Cyprus. This type of company is useful for trade purposes. Nevertheless, it cannot benefit from any Double Tax Treaties, nor can it obtain any tax certificates stating that it is resident/taxable in Cyprus.

Key advantages:

  • Shelf companies available. Ask now.
  • Lowest EU corporate tax rate 12,5%
  • No minimum share capital requirement. It is customary to have € 1,000 issued share capital
  • Minimum 1 shareholder, 1 director and 1 secretary. Nominee service is customary.
  • VAT registration within 5 business days.
  • Structuring possibilities for reduction of corporate tax

CYPRUS LTD AS HOLDING COMPANY

Holding companies – provided that minimum requirements are satisfied, a company can be established with 0% tax rate on dividends received by overseas subsidiaries.

Key advantages:

  • Shelf companies available. Ask now.
  • Foreign dividends are exempt from tax in Cyprus.
  • Withholding tax on dividends, interest and royalties paid to non-resident individuals or corporates is 0%.
  • Profits on sales of shares are exempt of Capital Gains tax.
  • Access to EU Parent-Subsidiary Directive and extensive list of double tax treaties.

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