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British Virgin Islands - IBC Authorised Activities

BVI Key Points

  • Timescale: Your company will be incorporated in as little as 2-3 days
  • Director: One director of any nationality is required
  • Shareholders: One required of any nationality
  • Share Capital: No minimum share capital required
  • Accounts: No requirement to file accounts or financial statements
  • Tax Code: An IBC is exempt from income tax generated outside the BVI
  • Confidentiality: Names of the directors and shareholders do not appear on public record
  • Support: Using our 20 years experience, we guide you through every step of the company formation process

A British Virgin Islands IBC may

A IBC in the BVI may engage in all of the following activities, which are not considered "carrying out business within the BVI":

  • Make or maintain business contacts with professional firms such as lawyers, accountants and registered agents
  • Maintain bank accounts
  • Make or maintain deposits with a person having banking business in the BVI
  • Prepare and maintain books and records within the BVI
  • Hold meetings of its directors or shareholders
  • Lease property to use as an office from which to communicate with shareholders, or to prepare and maintain books and records of the company
  • Hold shares or securities in another BVI company

A British Virgin Islands IBC may not

  • Carry on business with residents in the British Virgin Islands
  • Own property in the British Virgin Islands
  • Carry on the business of a bank, trust company, insurance company or a registered agent unless specifically licensed to do so

Public Records

The names of directors and shareholders do not appear on public record. The only documents that need to be filed at the Companies Registry are the incorporation documents, which include details of the registered office and registered agent. New companies in the BVI must disclose their business activities.

A IBC company is not required to file accounts with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs. The only documents available for public inspection are the Memorandum, Articles of Association and the Certificate of Incorporation. A company may, at its own option, elect to file its share register and register of directors with the Registrar of Corporate Affairs.

Type of Company for International Trade and Investment

An IBC is not liable to BVI taxes and pays only an annual license fee. This ordinance permits the establishment of tax exempted companies with extended privileges, and it contains strict confidentiality requirements. International Business Companies are by far the most popular and widely used type of company.