Cyprus Company Formation

Why should I prefer a Cyprus Company?  A Cyprus company is the most powerful tool for low taxes. Only 12.5% corporate tax. Vat Registration Number in 48 hours!  Our Firm offers excellence, professionalism and personal services since 1979!.Our fees are client friendly. We offer you full legal support for all your needs. We make it simple and fast for you. See below a few quick bullet points for the Cyprus company formation:

  • Cyprus Company Formation in 4-5 days. Fast and simple.
  • Reasonable and client friendly fees. No Hidden Costs!
  • Your presence is not required. All is done remotely.
  • Operate from your country. No need to be in Cyprus.

  • We can open a Bank Account for your company very fast.
  • Enjoy big Tax Advantages.Only 12.5% corporate tax.
  • Changes in a few days. New documents same day!
  • Low yearly fees and costs, depending on your operations.

Frequently Asked Questions

By the Cyprus Company Law, Cap 113 and the general legislation or the Common Law principles there are no restrictions at all as to the Real Owner of a Cyprus Company. Any physical person from any country and of any nationality if he is of age and not a bankrupt can be the Owner Shareholder 100% of a Cyprus company. Also any legal entity such as another company, or Trust, or Foundation or any form of legal entity such an LLP etc can be the Owner Shareholder of a Cyprus Company.
There is peculiarity on this issue. You can be the Director of your company of course but the rule is that for your company to be Tax Resident in Cyprus and benefit of the very low taxes, the management and control of the company must be in Cyprus. That means that the director must be residing in Cyprus. What can you do? You can appoint a Nominee Director i.e. a local person to act as Director on your behalf. Our Firm offers Nominee Director services. Ask for details.
There are two addresses you may have. One is the Registered Office Address. This required by the Company Law to be in Cyprus. This address is only useful for the notification of official letters or other communications to your company by the Registrar of Cyprus Companies, the Tax Office, the Vat Authority, any other Cyprus Authority and by any third parties who need to officially communicate something to your company and to you. This address is not the Business Address of the company and you may not use this address on the official documents of the company such as invoices, website, letters, business cards etc. If you need such a business address we offer Virtual Office Services. Please visit our relevant article or ask for details.
You may suggest a name of your liking or choose a name from our list of pre-approved company names. It`s free. If you suggest your own name it will have to be approved by the Registrar of Cyprus companies. It takes generally about 5 days for its approval. The name must not contain any offensive words, illegal content, must not be identical or similar to other names in the records of the Registrar and must not appear on the internet as the name of any other person worldwide.
A Cyprus company has very low yearly maintenance costs compared to most EU countries. The main services required for it are the Registered Office Address, the Registrar renewal fee, the filing of HE 32 document and the filing of the yearly Financial Statement. If you use the services of a Nominee Director of course then you will have to pay his yearly salary. Finally must keep in mind that your company must file audited accounts every year and file vat declarations on a quarterly basis. Ask for details to get a full picture. These fees are much lower than in any central European state.

Cyprus Company Formation – It`s Simple!

Cyprus company formation: Our Firm is one of the oldest Law Firms in Cyprus. We can have the expertise to make your company formation fast and simple for. No fuss. No time wasting. Our Firm has been incorporating companies since 1979!

We can form your company in your absence. There is no need to be present in Cyprus in order to form your company. We can do everything by email and courier. Save your time and money! 

We offer competitive fees. And there are no hidden costs. Our fees are client friendly and competitive while at the same time you get highly professional services. Email us today for a quote! 

We also offer all Nominee services i.e. Nominee Director and Nominee Shareholder for full confidentiality and tax residency of your company plus Nominee Secretary. The Nominee Persons we offer you are specially trained and they have the experience to assist and support you in your business fast and effectively.

We can complete your Cyprus company formation in about 6 working days, after approval of your company name by the Company Registrar. You may choose any name you like to submit for approval or choose a name from our pre-approved company names list for saving time. A name will be approved by the Registrar of Cyprus Companies in about 4 tp 5 days!

Get a Bank Account with your company formation. A Cyprus company can get a bank account in any country it chooses. Our Firm is well connected in the Banking sector and can offer you a fast and fuss free bank account for your company either in Cyprus or abroad!     YOU CAN GET A BANK ACCOUNT IN YOUR ABSENCE!

Full Accounting and Auditing services on the formation of your Cyprus company which includes Bookkeeping, Accounting, VAT  declarations filing, Audit and Filing Yearly Accounts. Our Firm also offers you full financial advice and tax optimization schemes. 

EU VAT NUMBER IN 3-4 DAYS!  We can get you an EU VAT NUMBER in 4-5 days!  On the registration of your company at the VAT Authority a Cyprus vat registration certificate in Greek is issued. That is sent to you in the company Kit.

All this and much more make the Cyprus company the perfect tool for your international tax planning, You can achieve tax reductions and achieve your targets.

Cyprus Company Registration is a term also  popularly used for  the formation of a company, although technically it is the act of the Registrar to register your company in the records of the Registrar of Companies and issue your company certificates.

What is an Offshore Company? A company in Cyprus is also called an offshore company because it offers great advantages to foreign investors trading offshore and not in Cyprus. See the difference between an international company and a local tax resident company by following this link:   Cyprus Offshore Company.

Advantages of Cyprus Company Formation – Tax Benefits

See below some of the major tax and other benefits of a Cyprus company:

  1. Only 12.5% corporate tax!
  2. 0% tax on the dividends paid out to its shareholders.
  3. Only 2.5% tax on revenues from intellectual property rights.
  4. 0% tax on dividends received from subsidiary companies all over the world.
  5. 0% tax on any profits made by trading in its own shares or shares of other companies or other securities such a forex, bonds, debentures etc.
  6. Business bank account in only a few days after its incorporation.
  7. The company in Cyprus on its formation, can be logged with the vat authority in 2-4  days.
  8. It is an EU company and it enjoys respect all over the world. It is not blacklisted in any country. Cyprus is a low tax jurisdiction and not a no tax, tax haven.
  9. After its registration in Cyprus a company enjoys capital gains tax exemptions on sale of immovable properties or other assets, abroad.
  10. No contract stamp duties in many occasions.
  11. A Cyprus company pays no tax on profits from permanent establishments abroad!
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Types Company in Cyprus

Any physical person of age and any legal entity irrespective of nationality can own a company. A company in Cyprus is also called an IBC, or Cyprus IBC which means a Cyprus International Business Company. Follow this link if you want to read more about a Cyprus IBC.

The most common Cyprus company used is a private limited liability company limited by shares, and of course as the name suggests it is of limited liability. That means that its members ( the shareholders) of the company are only liable to the extent of the value of the shares they own in it. The creditors cannot confiscate the personal assets of the shareholders to satisfy debts of the company.

However the law in Cyprus allows for the formation of other types of legal entities too such as:

  1.  A private company limited by guarantee.
  2.  A private exempt company.
  3.  A partnership either general or limited.
  4.  A public company limited by shares.
  5.  Cyprus sole proprietorship (Law , Cap 116).
  6. A non-profitable organization.
  7. A Cyprus local or offshore or international trust.
  8. A club.

If you want to read more about company formation and the Cyprus company generally Cyprus Company Incorporation is a very interesting article full of technical information.

 

Services Available After A Cyprus Company Formation

1. Nominee Services-Full Anonymity

By using nominees on a Cyprus company registration at usually very competitive fees from E R TEAM Global Consultants LTD you save a lot of time and expense. The people we offer for nominee services are always persons from our office so that their honesty, professionalism, integrity and confidentiality are always guaranteed! Under the guidance and supervision of our legal department, they will execute their duties diligently, responsibly and always with integrity, so that companies will abide by the laws and regulations and your interests are safeguarded. At any stage the beneficial owner of the company can restrict the authority of the nominees by the signing of a trust instrument with them through which they undertake to use their powers only as instructed in writing by the beneficial owner.

At the stage of its registration a trust deed is also executed in his favor, by the nominee shareholders who undertake not to deal with the shares in any way, unless told so, by the beneficial owner in writing. They also execute and deliver to him, an open date share transfer document, signed sealed and witnessed, so he can at any moment file the document and transfer the shares into his name or anyone else`s name. If you need to keep your anonymity, then the best way is to use a nominees. For companies in Cyprus the name of the beneficial owner is never disclosed to the authorities nor is it disclosed to the authorities of any third countries. So at the stage of the Cyprus Company Registration, you can ask our firm to provide nominee directors and or shareholders. It can be done later if you like too but it will involve costs and time waste.

2. Nominee Directors

  • Who can act as a nominee director?
  • What powers does he have according to the legislation?
  • Can he harm my interests? How can I restrict his powers?
  • How can I take over his powers?

A Cyprus company can have as many directors it needs. The minimum is one director.There is an answer to all your questions. Let’s take them one by one. Any male or female person of sound mind and of age, who has not declared bankruptcy, can be appointed to act as a nominee of any company in Cyprus. A company director is the most important person in the company structure, especially if he is the sole director, i.e. he is the only director, since lately with an amendment of the legislation a company can have only one director and one shareholder.

The directors can exercise all the powers as those are provided for by the memorandum and articles of association on the Cyprus company registration! That is we take particular care always to use as nominees, persons whose integrity and honesty cannot be disputed. You can restrict his powers by signing the trust instrument, cited above, with him, by which you curtail his powers under the threat of legal action and indemnity. Of course we stress again that the persons used by our company are beyond suspicion. Finally you can take over the powers of the nominee director at the stage of the Cyprus Company Registration or even at a later stage, by securing a power of attorney from him which empowers you, or anyone else to exercise all or some of the company`s powers! A power of attorney can be a general or a special power of attorney! The legislation allows a company to have one director only if so desired!

3. Nominee Shareholders on Cyprus Company Formation

The most frequently asked questions about the shareholder, by foreign investors, are:

  • Who can be a nominee shareholder, what are his powers in the company?
  • Can he hurt my interests?
  • What can I do to safeguard against that?
  • How can I deprive him of his powers if I want to?

A Cyprus company can have 50 shareholders maximum and one minimum. A nominee shareholder is usually appointed to provide confidentiality for the real owner of the company. He is a person whom we will use to be the shareholder, in each case that the beneficial owner needs to keep his anonymity. This person again, is one who is closely associated with our firm, and the real owners are persons of the utmost trust, integrity and honesty.
Any person of age, regardless of sex, provided he/she has not been declared bankrupt can be a nominee shareholder. In order to secure your interests he will sign for you, the so called deed of trust, by which he undertakes not to deal with the shares in any way, unless he has express written instructions from you, the beneficial owner of the company. He also undertakes not to use the powers allotted to him by the shares, i.e. to appoint new directors, or a new secretary etc. unless again expressly instructed in writing by the beneficial owner. The nominee shareholder will also sign a document called the share transfer agreement, by which he executes an open date share transfer, duly signed and witnessed. All you have to do is to fill in your name or the name of any other person, sign and seal, and witness it, and the shares change ownership, by the filing of the said document at the registrar of companies! By the legislation, a company may have only one shareholder.

4. The Secretary

A Secretary is appointed as required by the Company Law. A company can have one or more secretaries. Here again, the same questions can be asked for the nominee secretary, as for the other nominees. Again for confidentiality reasons a nominee secretary is appointed. A nominee secretary does not have many. A nominee secretary`s participation in the day to day and the serious running of the business is minimal and peripheral. His powers are formal. They are restricted to the signing of mostly bank documents when opening an account or securing loans, when filing the income tax accounts, he keeps the register of members, the register of directors, he sends out the notices for the meetings of the board and so on. Of course it goes without saying that we use as secretaries persons who can be trusted absolutely. A secretary however is necessary by the legislation. One secretary is enough. There can be two or more if required. His duties and powers may be increased or reduced by the directors. Our firm offers very reasonable fees for many legal and corporate services.

5. Bank Account After Registration of Cyprus Company

After the Cyprus company registration a bank account can be opened for it very easily in one of many banks in the country. Opening a bank account can be done in the absence of the foreign investor fast and fuss free. A bank account offers all the necessary services needed for a professional such as internet banking, visa card, digipass, multicurrency, low bank fees, no minimum deposit terms and fast and free transfer of money in and out of the country. We work with many banks in and out of the country for fast bank accounts. We are official introducer to dozens of banks so after the Cyprus company registration a bank account can be opened as a matter of routine and at very reasonable fees. Just call us or email us for more details.

6. Vat Number Can Be Had on the Cyprus Company Registration

A Cyprus company on its registration can apply for a vat number. Such procedure is fast in Cyprus and a vat registration number can be had in about forty eight hours. Our office can get you your vat number without fuss and you can begin trading immediately. On the registration with the vat authority a certificate is issued and a number which will show in the EU vat system in about 4 days maximum. That number must be shown on all the invoices of the company and on all it stationary material. Vat tax is payable in the country only if you physically import the goods into the country. The vat tax is 19% at the moment for the general categories but there are also lower rates for special cases.

7. Cyprus Company Formation: Virtual Office and Virtual Office Services

Our company on the completion of your Cyprus company formation, offers all the virtual office services to companies after their registration in Cyprus. We can offer business address, package forwarding, exclusive telephone number, secretarial services, correspondence forwarding, serviced office spaces etc. Such services can be paid for by the month or by the year.

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