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BVI Offshore Company

The British Virgin Islands (the BVI) is a group of islands in the Caribbean with the status of Dependent Territory(on Britain). The monarch (the Queen) is represented locally by a Governor, the BVI territory does have its own local Executive Council on the islands.

The British Virgin Islands have been involved in offshore company formations since 1984 with the BVI International Business Company Act. Under this law the well-known BVI IBC or offshore company became a legal business entity that would be sought by thousands of corproatiosn and invenstors all over the world.

The amended law is the 2004 BVI Business Companies Act, under which BVI Business Companies (BVI offshore companies) are formed.

BVI offshore company can be limited by shares (this is the most popular form of BVI company in use) or the BVI Business Company can be limited by guarantee. The BVI Business Company can be classified as unlimited companies that can decide to or not to issue shares.

The revised BVI offshore company act enhanced the range of business activities that the corporation could carry out.

The new BVI Business Companies Act changed the income tax rate for both home and offshore companies to 0%, a shift that effectively removed any difference between a BVI onshore company and a BVI offshore company. after that, all companies registered and incorporated in the BVI would benefit from zero tax rate.

As an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, the new BVI offshore company law covers takes into consideration the European Union Savings Tax Directive and other codes of conduct as predetermined by the UK.

The legal requirements for BVI Offshore companies are nominal and very flexible. The main requirements set out are:

As with all offshore statues, there are limitations and restrictions set on the BVI offshore corporation:

The incorporation process of BVI Business companies is speedy and efficient one, requiring all subscribers of BVI business companies to use the services of a registered and licensed agent .in the British Virgin Islands/, The rates for incorporation and maintenance are considered reasonable and annual government maintenance fees are based on the value of share capital.

The successful offshore financial services sector of the BVI is regulated and monitored by the BVI Financial Services Commission.

The incorporation process for all BVI companies must be done by a register agent in the BVI.