An International Business Company (IBC) in Cyprus is essentially a Cyprus registered business owned by non-Cypriots.

Advantages

  • Low formation and set up costs
  • Low yearly maintenance costs and other professional fees
  • No need to visit Cyprus in order to incorporate the company
  • 12.5% tax rate on taxable profits.
  • No withholding tax on dividends paid to non-resident shareholders. 
  • Dividend income from overseas is exempt from tax in Cyprus irrespective of its source, provided certain conditions are satisfied. Where the exemption does not apply 17% defence tax is payable but credit for foreign tax suffered is given irrespective of the existence of a treaty.
  • No tax on the disposal of shares, securities or bonds held by the Cyprus company
  • Profits of a permanent establishment maintained abroad by a Cyprus company are exempt from tax in Cyprus under certain conditions.
  • Profits on sale of property (other than property situated in Cyprus) are not subject to Capital Gains Tax.
  • A long list of countries have signed Double Tax Treaties with Cyprus – over 64 treaties [ link ]
  • An EU VAT registration number can be obtained within a few days

How to Register a Cyprus International Business company (IBC)

Our firm can provide advice in setting up, registering and administering a Cyprus International Business Company (IBC). The information required is as follows:

Main company activities

The main company activities to be carried out by the Company must be notified and registered. Such activities must fall within those that are permitted by law.

Company name

The company name must be approved by the Cyprus Registrar of Companies. It takes approximately 3 working days for the name to be approved. Alternatively a name can be chosen from a current list of approved names.

Share capital

The minimum authorised and issued (paid up) share capital required is €1. There is no maximum.

There are no bearer shares in Cyprus.

Company shareholders

A company is required to have at least one registered shareholder. The following information is necessary in relation to the shareholders:

  • Full name
  • Full address
  • Nationality
  • Business occupation
  • Date of birth
  • Bank reference
  • Copy of passport duly certified by a notary or a professional person
  • A recent utility bill

If the true identity of the beneficial shareholder is not to be disclosed on the official government records nominee shareholders can be appointed.

Directors

At least one company director must be appointed. Shareholders can also act as directors. The same information as for those of shareholders is required. Nominee directors can be appointed in order to comply with the requirement that the management and control of the company is carried out from Cyprus. 

Registered office

A Cyprus office address is used as the official registered address of the company.

Company secretary

All companies must have at least one company secretary. A secretarial company or a resident individual is appointed to act as the company secretary.

Time required

When all the above information is collected the company formation commences. The time taken to complete the company formation is between seven and ten working days.

Documents included in the IBC’s formation package 

  • Two sets of Memorandum and Articles of Association in English (more copies are available on request)
  • One set of Memorandum and Articles of Association in Greek (more copies are available on request) 
  • Certificate of Incorporation in Greek 
  • Certificate of Incorporation in English
  • Certificate of directors and secretary
  • Certificate of registered office address
  • Certificate of shareholders
  • Share register and transfers
  • Share Certificates
  • Signed share trust deeds (where necessary) 
  • Signed share transfer forms (where necessary) 
  • Register of directors and secretary
  • Subscribers minutes
  • Directors minutes
  • Acceptance of directors appointment
  • Acceptance of company secretary appointment
  • Company rubber stamp