Bahamas company registration

DOING BUSINESS IN BAHAMAS IN 2022

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Since 2003, Healy Consultants Group PLC has assisted our Clients with starting their company in Bahamas. Our services include i) Bahamas international business registration ii) government license registration iii) international or Bahamas business bank account opening iv) employee recruitment strategies v) visa strategies and vi) office rental solutions.

Compare different Bahamas entities Legally tax exempt LLC Free zone LLC Trust Foundation Fund
Also known as IBC Free trade zone company Trust Private foundation Investment fund
Best use of company? Global trading Manufacturing and export trading Tax planning Asset management Asset management services
How long to supply company registration / tax numbers? 3 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks 4 weeks
How soon can you sign a lease agreement? 1 week 1 week 1 week 1 week 1 week
How soon can you hire staff? 3 weeks 3 weeks Cannot hire 4 weeks 4 weeks
Regulatory license always required before trading with customers? No No No No Yes
How soon can you invoice Clients/sign sales contracts? 3 weeks 3 weeks Cannot trade 3 weeks 6 months
How long to supply corporate bank account numbers? 6 weeks 6 weeks 6 weeks 6 weeks 7 months
Corporate tax rate on annual net profits? 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Limited liability entity? Yes Yes Yes No No
Government grants available? Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Government approval required for foreign owners? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Resident director/partner/manager/ legal representative required? No No No No No
Minimum paid up share capital? US$500,000 US$500,000 US$500,000 US$500,000 US$500,000
Can bid for Government contracts? Yes Yes No No No
Corporate bank account location? Citibank First Caribbean International Bank Royal Bank of Canada Scotiabank Bank of Bahamas
Can secure trade finance? Yes Yes No No Yes
VAT payable on sales to local customers? 7.5% 0% None None 7.5%
Average total business set up engagement costs? US$10,950 Contact us Contact us Contact us US$27,555
Average total engagement period? 3 months 3 months 3 months 3 months 3 months

Bahamas business setup summary

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  • Advantages of Bahamas company registration

    Bahamas business registration guide for foreigners

    1. It is possible to register a company in Bahamas with only i) one shareholder, and ii) one director, who can be both a foreigner and a non-resident of Bahamas. There is no minimum paid-up capital to complete Bahamas business formation and our Clients are not required to travel to Bahamas for the company incorporation procedures;
    2. Forming a company in the Bahamas is also quick and can be completed within one week, after receipt of all the required documents. We can open the corporate bank account in the Bahamas or elsewhere in the world;
    3. All trading income received by a Bahamas offshore company (also known as an IBC) is legally tax exempt locally: there are no corporate income taxes, capital gains or VAT payable on sales made abroad;
    4. While Bahamas IBC companies incorporated in the Bahamas are required to file annual financial statements, they are not required to submit them with the local tax authority;
    5. The Bahamas has recently committed to follow the standards tax guidelines of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and has signed 27 tax information exchange agreements (TIEAs) with countries including: i) France ii) New Zealand iii) China iv) the United Kingdom and v) the United States;
    6. It is easy to open global corporate bank accounts to support a Bahamas business. Healy Consultants works with internationally recognized banks such as HSBC, Standard Chartered and Citibank to provide corporate bank account services in Bahamas or elsewhere in the world;
    7. There are no legal compulsions to hold annual general meetings. Moreover, the meetings of Directors and Shareholders can take place anywhere in the world;
    8. There are no requirements to file: i) accounts, ii) annual returns, and iii) audit requirements for Bahamas companies. According to Section 67. (1) of the IBC Act, a company shall keep such financial statements, accounts and records as the directors find it essential to reflect the financial situation of the business.
  • Disadvantages of Bahamas company registration

    1. Our Clients running their operations through a Bahamas IBC company will face negative stigma and stigma from customers, suppliers, banks and Governments. The Bahamas is well known as an offshore tax haven;
    2. It is important our Clients forming a Bahamas offshore company are aware of their personal and corporate tax obligations in their country of residence and domicile; and they will fulfill those obligations annually. Let us know if you need Healy Consultants help to clarify your local and international annual tax reporting obligations;
    3. Bahamas has no access to Double Taxation Avoidance Treaties because they do not impose any local taxes.
    4. Effective 1 January 2019, locally-incorporated Bahamas entities, foreign entities registered in the Bahamas and limited partnerships engaging in i) holding company activities ii) banking business iii) distribution and service centre business iv) finance and leasing v) fund management vi) headquarters business vii) insurance viii) intellectual property holding and ix) shipping are required to employ local staff and lease a physical office.

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For additional information on our company registration services in Bahamas, please contact our in-house country expert, Mr. Kunal Fabiani, directly:
client relationship officer - Kunal