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Business registration in Saint Lucia 2023

Saint Lucia: peculiarities of business registration in 2023

10. 03. 2023

St. Lucia is a classic offshore that is not on the EU blacklist. This means that an international company (IBC) opened here can not only successfully develop business, but also save on taxes. There is no capital gains tax, VAT, royalties.

Registering a business in St. Lucia in 2023 allows you to not pay corporate tax on profits earned in another country. If a local company received income from transactions with CARICOM states, the income tax rate can be reduced to 1%.

Advantages of registering a business in St. Lucia

St. Lucia is a state located in the eastern Caribbean Sea that has close ties with other Caribbean countries and is part of CARICOM. This offers great prospects for businesses that want to enter the Central American market.

In addition, Saint Lucia is a member of the ACP, an international organization that brings together African, Caribbean and Pacific nations, which also opens up new avenues for business development.

Other advantages of St. Lucia include:

  • Stable economy.
  • The government welcomes foreign investors, offers various incentives. Developed logistics, especially sea and air routes.
  • Advanced tourism.
  • English is the state language, making it easier to register an international company.
  • Full confidentiality of beneficiaries, directors whose names are not on public lists.
  • Can not file annual reports and audits, unless IBC chooses 1% rate of income tax. This option is advantageous in that you can use the deductions under the agreement to avoid double taxation with CARICOM countries.
  • Accounting records and books can be kept in any way.
  • A small company can get an exemption from import duty and sales tax, for which it is necessary to apply.

Registration of an International Company in Saint Lucia: Features

IBC can engage in any legal form of international business. It must use words such as Sociedad Anonima, Incorporated, Limited or Corporation in its name. The name must be unique, so before registration it must be checked in a special registry - Business Name search.

Basic requirements and conditions for starting a business in Saint Lucia:

  • IBC must appoint a local registered agent (e.g. IT-OFFSHORE) and work through them. Their office can be the legal address of the company.
    The business can be wholly owned by a foreigner.
  • An international commercial company may issue different types of shares - common, with or without par value, redeemable, etc.
  • The list with the names and addresses of the shareholders, directors and beneficiaries is not available to the public. But this information is kept in the registered office.
  • There is no minimum capital requirement, but IBC often prefer to declare an amount equivalent to $50,000.
  • To register a company, you need 1 director and 1 shareholder, which can be the same person, including a legal entity.
  • 1 director, who can be a citizen of any country, is enough to open a business. Nominee directors are prohibited.
  • Officers who follow AML / KYC rules are optional.
  • Annual shareholders meeting can be held anywhere in the world.
  • If a company engages in insurance, opens a trust, plans to operate in the banking sector, a license is required.
  • IBC can not own real estate in St. Lucia, with the exception of its own offices.

How to register a business quickly in Saint Lucia

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