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The Bahamas ( Commonwealth of the Bahamas)
The Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islands and islets, with an estimated population of 308,000 is located off the South East coast of Florida. The Bahamas is an independent country within the British Commonwealth, with a political and legal system which closely follows the UK.
The country is a major centre for offshore finance and has one of the world's largest open-registry shipping fleet.
|Currency:||The Bahamian Dollar, which is on a par with the US Dollar|
|Language:||The official and spoken language is English|
|Type of law:||Common Law|
|Type of Company:||International Business Company (IBC)|
Principal Corporate Legislation:
|International Business Companies Act 2000 and the International Business Companies (Amendment) Act 2004|
|Uses:||Commercial and trading activities, subject to trading restrictions as below|
Local exchange controls and stamp duty will apply in cases where IBC conduct business with Bahamians and/or own real estate in The Bahamas. Trading cannot be associated with banking, insurance, assurance, fund management or any investment schemes unless with government permission. Cannot sell its own shares or solicit funds from the Public.
Restriction: Cannot be in conflict with pre-existing company name. Certain words are prohibited, such as Assurance, Bank, Building Society, etc
Language of legislation and corporate documents:
|Taxation:||An IBC pays no tax in The Bahamas for any business activity or transactions carried out outside The Bahamas|
|Annual license fee:||
USD350 for authorised capital below USD50,000
Double Tax Treaty Network:
|The Bahamas is not party to any Double Taxation Agreement.|
Registered Agent / Office:
|The IBC must have a registered office in The Bahamas and a registered agent who is a resident of The Bahamas.|
Minimum number: One
Disclosure of Beneficial Owner:
|Not publicly available|
|Directors:||Minimum: One. Can be corporate or natural person
Nationality: No restriction
Publicly accessible records: Yes
Location of meetings: No restriction.
|Secretary:||Local or qualified: No restriction|
|Share capital:||Permitted currency: Any
No minimum or maximum capital requirement.
Only nominative/registered shares are allowed
Bearer shares: Not allowed
|Annual Reporting:||There is no requirement to file accounts or submit an annual return|