Guide For Offshore Corporate Services In Anguilla

A view of beach at AnguillaGuide For Offshore Corporate Services In Anguilla

About Anguilla

Anguilla is a part of the Britain Overseas Territory. Anguilla, the most northerly of the Caribbean Leeward Islands, has a landmass of 90 sq. km. The British established control of Anguilla in the late 1600’s, prevailing in numerous skirmishes with other European powers throughout the colonial period, so that today Anguilla is a British Dependent Territory.

Anguilla is located approximately one and a half hours south east of Miami, Florida, or four and a half hours south east of New York City. There are flight connections to Anguilla from those and other United States cities, as well as from Europe and Latin America, through Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua, and Curacao.

 

Infrastructure

Communications facilities on Anguilla are exceptional and expanding. International direct dial, cellular connections, fax, modem, Internet, and dedicated e-mail service lines are all available.

 

Economy

Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry has spurred the growth of the construction sector contributing to economic growth. Anguillan officials have put substantial effort into developing the offshore financial sector, which is small but growing. In the medium term, prospects for the economy will depend largely on the tourism sector and, therefore, on revived income growth in the industrialized nations as well as on favourable weather conditions.

 

Type of Law

Anguilla, most northerly of the Leeward Islands, is an overseas dependent territory of the British government. The head of state is H.M. Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by an appointed governor. The government has three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. Its common law legal system is based on the English model. The Eastern Caribbean States Supreme Court is the principal judicial body.

 

Central Bank

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is Anguilla’s monetary authority. Anguilla’s currency is the East Caribbean (EC) dollar, used by eight of the nine ECCB jurisdictions. There is little evidence the common use of the EC dollar significantly raises the risk for money laundering.

Anguilla financial legislation strictly protects the privacy of offshore bank accounts and business entities. The Offshore Banking Act of 2005 prohibits all bank employees or agents from disclosing any financial information without the express consent of the account holders. There are no exchange controls regarding monetary or asset transfers.

 

Anti-Money Laundering: ​FATF Status

Anguilla is not on the FATF List of Countries that have been identified as having strategic AML deficiencies. Anguilla is a member of the Carribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF).

Member of Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF)

In November 1996, 21 members of the CFATF entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which now serves as the basis for the goals and the work of the CFATF. In this document, CFATF members agree to adopt and implement the 1988 UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances; endorse and implement the FATF Forty Recommendations and the CFATF Nineteen Recommendations; fulfill the obligations expressed in the Kingston Declaration as well as, where applicable, in the Plan of Action of the Summit of the Americas; and to adopt and implement any other measures for the prevention and control of the laundering of the proceeds of all serious crimes as defined by the laws of each Member.

 

Corporate Entities

International Business Company (Company limited by shares) Anguilla is an offshore incorporation centre and tax neutral jurisdiction that enjoys high reputation and stability as a British Overseas Territory. As other British Overseas Territories, Anguilla has well-regulated corporate and financial services industry.

 

Taxation

Anguilla has become a respected tax haven. The offshore jurisdiction of Anguilla levies zero-taxation on all income generated outside of the jurisdiction by offshore companies. Anguilla is a pure tax haven that does not impose income taxes, estate taxes, stamp duty or capital gains taxes on individuals or corporations.

 

National Flag of AnguillaRegistration of Offshore Companies

The Anguilla Offshore Company is based on the traditional International Business Companies (IBC) model. Chinese names are permitted and can be included on a company’s Certificate of Incorporation. Companies incorporated in any other jurisdiction may be continued in Anguilla as an Anguilla Offshore Company. An Anguilla Offshore Company can, where the laws of another jurisdiction permit, redomicile to such jurisdiction.

One of the more commended features about Anguilla’s company registration system is Anguilla Commercial On-line Registration Network (ACORN), which went live in 1998. It is able to facilitate the incorporation of companies such as International Business Companies (IBCs) and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs) 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world via the internet through licenced company managers and trust companies together with approved overseas agent.

General Features of Offshore Entities

Type of Company for International Trade and Investment
  • IBC

Minimum Government Fees (Excluding Taxation)

  • USD 300

Corporate Taxation

  • None on Foreign Profits

Double Taxation Treaty Access

  • No
Share Capital

Standard Currency

  • USD
Permitted Currencies
  • Any

Usual Authorized

  • USD1,000,000

Minimum Paid-up Capital

  • USD1.00

Bearer Shares Allowed

  • Yes

No Par Value Shares Allowed

  • Yes
Directors or Managers

Minimum Requirement

  • One

Requirement of Local Resident

  • No

Corporate Directorship Allowed

  • Yes

Public Access to Company Records

  • No

Required Location of Meetings

  • Anywhere
Members

Minimum Number

  • One

Public Access to Company Records

  • No

Required Location of Meetings

  • Anywhere
Company Secretary

Requirement of Company Secretary

  • Optional

Local or Qualified            

  • Not Required
Accounts
Requirement to Prepare
  • No

Audit Requirements

  • No

Requirement to File accounts

  • No

Public Access to Accounts

  • No
Annual Return

Requirement to File Annual Return

  • No
Others

Permission for change of Domicile

  • Yes

 

Specific Features of Offshore Companies In Anguilla

Currency

  • Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Language

  • English

Exchange Control

  • None. U.S. dollar is freely accepted throughout the country.

Principal Corporate Legislation

  • The Anguilla International Business Companies Ordinance 1994.

Restrictions on Trading

  • An Anguilla IBC is restricted from conducting business with persons resident on Anguilla, conducting banking or trust business, conducting insurance or reinsurance business, or conducting the business of providing company management services.
  • On Anguilla, an IBC may maintain bank accounts, retain professional advisors carrying on business within Anguilla, maintain corporate records, hold meetings and lease office space.

Powers of Company

  • An Anguilla International Business Company has the full capacity of, and all rights, powers, and privileges of, a natural person.

Language of Legislation and Corporate Documents

  • The language of Anguilla’s legislation and corporate documents is English.

Language of Name

  • Latin or other alphabets.

Requirement of Registered Office

  • Yes, Registered Office must be maintained in Anguilla at the address of a licensed management company or law firm.

Name Restrictions

  • Any name that has already been incorporated or a name that is so similar as to cause confusion.
  • Restricted names are ones that suggest the patronage of the Royal Family, the UK Government, a political party, a university, a professional association, or names that the registrar may consider to be misleading or objectionable.

Suffixes to Denote Limited Liability

  • The name of an IBC must end in one of the following:

     Ltd, Corp, Inc., SA, NV or GmbH.

Disclosure of Beneficial Ownership to Authorities

  • No

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
  • Source of Information, Guidelines, Compliance, Laws, Rules & Regulations is from the relevant authorities of respective jurisdictions.
  • The Acts in respective jurisdictions are subject to change by the regulatory authorities.
  • We have published the guidelines with most updates from our Associate Firms.
  • The Customers would be notified with the updated Acts with oncoming changes if applicable when the Offshore services are rendered by us.

 

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