Sophisticated infrastructure and high respectability.
No stamp duty, estate duty or capital gains tax.
Corporate legislation source
UK Common Law, introduced locally as The Companies Acts
1931 to 2004.
Prior approval of names required. Many sensitive words,
e.g. International, Bank, Royal, Trust, Holdings, Group etc.
Must end ‘Limited’ or ‘Public Limited Company’.
Time taken to incorporate
2 - 4 days
Are shelf companies available?
Usual minimum capital
Stg£15 per Stg£1,000 of capital, or part thereof, with a maximum
total payment of Stg£5,000
Minimum number of shareholders
One - but two are usual
Are bearer shares/shares of no par value possible?
Directors: minimum number/corporate: directors allowed/location
Secretary: mandatory/corporate Resident: secretary allowed/location
Is there a requirement for a Registered Office/Registered Agent?
Is any information required by the authorities prior to incorporation or prior to tax status being granted?
None, other than for Banking, Insurance and licensable authorities prior activities.
What information is available on the public file?
Registered Office, Directors, Shareholders, Secretary, Memorandum
and Articles, Annual Return, Mortgages & Charges (if any).
What documents must be kept at the Registered Office?
Register of Directors/Secretaries/Members/Mortgages
Corporate books & seal
Both usually retained at the Registered Office, although the seal
may be dispensed with, if desired.
Are annual accounts required/filed?
Yes - not on public record but may need to be submitted the
revenue authority on request.
Is an annual return required?
Where are meetings to be held?
Annual fees payable to the government: Tax/Annual Return Filing Fee
0% maximum rate on profits/Stg£320
Unless involved in Isle of Man land or banking when 10%
Are there any exchange controls?
Double tax treaties