Mauritius offshore companies
Businessmen that wish to setup tax efficient companies in Mauritius have two options: setup a GBL or an authorized company. While the second is the classic offshore company; the first is a tax resident company that can benefit from an 80% exemption of corporate income tax. Both entities are optimal solutions for Clients involved in international trading and holding activities.
- Authorized companies and GBL companies pay a corporate income tax of 0% and 3% respectively on their global income, much lower than the 15% tax imposed on other resident companies;
- Furthermore, both companies are also exempt from paying i) withholding tax on earning interest and dividends remitted abroad; and ii) capital gains tax;
- While an authorized company is only allowed to do business outside of Mauritius, GBL companies that have been approved by the Mauritius FSC may trade with local companies;
- GBL companies can also take advantage of Mauritius double-taxation avoidance treaties as they are considered tax resident companies;
It is mandatory for an authorized company to file a return of its income with the Mauritius Revenue Authority;
- GBL and authorized companies are optimal structures for Clients that are seeking privacy, as company records are not available to the public.
- Mauritius is still considered as a tax haven country, therefore companies incorporated in the island may attract additional scrutiny from tax authorities and banks;
- GBL companies are required to appoint two resident directors that must be actively involved in the management of the company, and may be frequently required to provide additional evidence that are managed from Mauritius;
- Furthermore, GBL companies must i) have a local bank account; and ii) submit audited financial statements to the Mauritius FSC;
- Both GBL and authorized companies are required to appoint a local company secretary/authorized agent, who must have been pre-approved by the Mauritius FSC;
- Authorized companies are not allowed to be involved in the following activities:
- Financial services;
- Company formation services.
- Furthermore, authorized companies are not allowed to trade with local customers in Mauritius.
Table of Comparison between GBL and Authorized company
|Corporate structuring considerations|
|Minimum number of shareholders?||1||1|
|Minimum number of directors?||2||1|
|Corporate director allowed?||No||Yes|
|Resident director required?||Yes||No|
|Resident company secretary or authorized agent required?||Yes||Yes|
|Business activities considerations|
|Legally tax exempt in Mauritius?||No||Yes|
|Corporate income tax?||0%||3%|
|Can trade with local customers?||Yes||No|
|Can do business within Mauritius?||Yes||No|
|Can open a local corporate bank account?||Yes||Yes|
|Can open bank account overseas?||Only 2nd account||Yes|
|Can rent local office?||Yes||Yes|
|Can hire staff in Mauritius?||Yes||Yes|
|Allowed to own shares in Mauritius companies?||Yes||No|
|Can apply for immigration visa?||Yes||Yes|
Disclaimer: Healy Consultants Group PLC neither has an office nor staff in Mauritius nor is it licenced as a management company under Section 77(1) of the Financial Services Act of 2007 or in any other way by the Financial Services Commission.