The International Business Company is the most widely used vehicle for offshore operations in Seychelles; it normally takes the form of a private company limited by shares, but can also be a Limited Life Company.
IBC status is granted subject to certain conditions:
What are the steps to forming a Seychelles company?
IBCS are permitted various activities within Seychelles without compromising their offshore status under the act; These include:
Bank account opening
|1250 USD||Government fee|
|Full set of incorporation documents certified with Apostille|
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Frequently asked questions
Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, and about 1,600 km (994 mi) east of Kenya, mainland East Africa. The archipelago consists of 115 islands. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated nature reserves. The capital is Victoria.
The formation, tax benefits, and general structure of a Seychelles IBC are regulated by the Seychelles International Business Companies Act 1994.
The government of Seychelles has been undergoing several amendments to The International Business Companies Act, 1994 (the “Act”) in order to comply with the recommendations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and Financial Action Task Force standards.
On 26th July 2016, the National Assembly of Seychelles gave its approval for the enactment of the
New International Business Companies Act, 2016 which came into force on December 01, 2016.
- Fastest Registration
- The lowest annual government license fee of any Offshore Financial Centre.
- No public filing or disclosure of shareholders / beneficial owners or directors.
- Minimum requirement; 1 Director, Shareholder (may be the same person)
- Corporate Directors/Shareholders Permitted.
- Confidentiality is guaranteed by Law.
- Migration of Domicile Permitted.
- Nominee Shareholders and Directors are permitted.
A Seychelles IBC is not subject to any tax or duty on income or profits. A shareholder of a Seychelles IBC is also not subject to any tax on his income derived from the IBC.
Essentially, a Seychelles IBC is a completely tax-free offshore corporation, insofar as it complies with a few simple rules of operation. The main requirement is that a Seychelles IBC should not pursue business within the territory of the Seychelles nor own real estate in Seychelles (except, of course, it may enter into business with any other Seychelles IBCs).
Nominee Service consists of Nominee Director and/or Nominee Shareholder. Both, corporate and individual Nominee Directors and Shareholders are available in Seychelles.
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Memorandum & Articles of Association
- Resolution of the subscriber in writing
- Share Certificates
- Register of Directors
- Register of Members
- Resolution of directors in writing
- Certificate of Collation
The identities and personal details of the beneficial owners, directors, and shareholders are NOT part of the public record for a Seychelles IBC. At registration of a new IBC, the Registrar of Companies does not require any data whatsoever on who is the actual beneficial owner of the new company. This information is only known to the licensed Registered Agent of the company and is kept on an internal file by the company. The only documents of a Seychelles IBC that are held on public record are the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association. These documents do not contain any indication as to the actual shareholders or the beneficial owners of the company.
Seychelles is not subject to the EU Savings Tax Directive, unlike some other offshore financial centers, which are related to the EU member states (primarily, to the UK and its overseas territories).
The list of prohibited activities that an IBC shall not undertake is: carrying on securities business, mutual fund, and gambling business (unless such activities are licensed under the laws of each country in which the IBC carries on such business)
For Seychelles IBC we can assist you with the bank account opening in Seychelles or internationally. The banks we cooperate with are reliable financial institutions with a long tradition in private and corporate banking. Our clients are provided with excellent customer service, online banking, Visa and/or Master cards, and other services, such as factoring, foreign exchange, savings, and specialized banking solutions.