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Bahamas Offshore Company

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Steps to company formation - Bahamas

 
 
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Bahamas Company

Good to Know
Bahamian IBCs are allowed to make and maintain contact with professional firms, maintain books and records, hold meetings of directors or members, and lease real estate for use as an office in the Bahamas. It is also possible to obtain a license from the Minister of Finance to carry out other types of business activities on the island, if he considers that they are in the interest of the Bahamas.

Main Characteristics

Company type
International Business Company (IBC).
Governing corporate legislation
Companies in Bahamas are regulated under the IBC Act 200. The Securities Commission of the Bahamas is the governing authority.
Information published relating to company officers
The names of company officers appear on public record. Nominee officers can be used to avoid the client's name appearing.
Accounting requirement
No accounting / reporting requirements.
N.B. As per Section 67. (1) of the IBC Act, a company shall keep such financial statements, accounts and records as the directors consider necessary or desirable in order to reflect the financial position of the company
Taxation
No Taxes of any sort.
While the company may not be liable to pay taxes, please consult with a tax/legal advisor in your country of residence, to determine your own tax liability.
Standard currency
US$
Time to form
Bahamas has a fast and efficient registry.
Stability
Very stable jurisdiction with an excellent reputation.
Communication
Good communication means.
Time zone
Convenient world time zone: GMT-5
Secretary required
No
Paid up capital requirement
Minimum share capital: $50,000.
(No paid up capital requirement)
Renewal Date
Anniversary date of the company / Each Year
Basis of legal System
Under Common Law.
Minimum directors/shareholders
Minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder.
Bearer shares
Bearer shares are not permitted.

Documents Required

for the Creation of the Company

A certified copy Certification of a passport can be made by a notary, an attorney-at-law, a bank, a public officer, or in accordance with SFM indications. Kindly consult your dedicated account manager at SFM to obtain precise information. of your passport, a certified copy of proof of domicile dated less than three months, a curriculum vitae, as well as last 3 months' bank statement. All in original.**






Frequently Asked Questions

Offshore Company Formation in Bahamas

  • What type of company do you register in Bahamas?

    The type of company that we form in the Bahamas is known as an International Business Company (IBC), commonly known as offshore companies. An IBC is a company that is registered in the Bahamas and conducts its business activity purely outside the country.
  • Is a Bahamas Offshore Company (IBC) tax liable?

    No, IBC companies formed in the Bahamas are exempt from any form of taxation in the Bahamas as long as the IBC does not conduct its business in the Bahamas.

    While the company may not be liable to pay taxes, please consult with a tax/legal advisor in your country of residence, to determine your own tax liability.
  • Will my name be public once I setup a Bahamas Offshore Company (IBC)?

    Yes, the IBC Act requires the filing of the company officers’ names at the Companies Registry and appears on public record.
  • How many directors and shareholders should I appoint on my Bahamas IBC?

    A minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder should be appointed to setup a Bahamas International Business Company (IBC).
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  • Do I need to submit accounting records for my IBC company in The Bahamas?

    There are no requirements to file audited accounts. However, each company must maintain documented accounts at its Registered Office in the Bahamas or the location where accounts are kept must be declared.
  • Will my liability be limited if I register my company as an International Business Company (IBC) in The Bahamas?

    The shareholders’ liability in a Bahamas IBC is typically limited to the amount of shares respectively held by them.
  • Do I need to deposit the paid up capital for a Bahamas IBC?

    No, there is no paid up capital requirement. The standard share capital is USD 50,000 but can be amended to fit your requirements.
  • Are bearer shares allowed in the Bahamas?

    No bearer shares are not allowed in the Bahamas and tend to disappear from most jurisdictions.


Bahamas Jurisdiction News


Bahamas removed from FATF money laundering list

14 January 2021
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Good news for 11 Low-Tax Jurisdictions

5 August 2019
In good news on global tax changes in July, OECD released its latest report on Harmful Tax Practices and found few causes for concern. It found that 11 of the 12 countries present on the low-tax jurisdiction list have now complied with its “substantial activity” legislation. [..]
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Reform of Bahamas business licensing regime

16 March 2019
The Bahamian government has published details of a new corporate taxation scheme, introduced to remove the preferential [..]
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17-Jun-2014
Operationally, SFM's services are exact and precise. Communication with their employee in Dubai was clear and swift, all requests were made in an organized and well fomulated way.
08-Jun-2014
I think they should explain that off shore companies ant very easy to handle when it come to register in a tax office in any country etc The rest its good, the yearly expensives are not cheap
03-Jun-2014
The SFM staff is friendly and professional, I got very good personal care. Although in the beginning I had some difficulties to be assigned to a Corporate Service Officer afterwards everything was quick and smooth. I will continue to use their services and I will recommend their service to anybody interested in offshore services.
01-Jun-2014
I've had a very good experience with SFM Offshore. I've been client of them for 3 years now. They always answer my requests in 24 hours. Mehmet, Turkey
01-Jun-2014
despite that the provide the service at the end of the day, however, there is significant delay and lack of prompt communication from SFM side.
also i have notices that there is a lack of coronation between SFM members, i have been been asked several times to submit documents already at their end, simply because i'm dealing with different persons.
21-May-2014
Very professional team, particularly the legal counsel we have been dealt with, very sound compliance acumen.
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