Besloten Vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid (Private company limited)
Country code – CW
Legal Basis – Civil law (Dutch)
Legal framework – Book 2 of the Curaçao Civil Code
Company form – Private company limited (Besloten Vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid, BV)
Liability - The liability of the shareholders for the company is limited to the amount of their shareholdings.
Share Capital – There are no minimum capital requirements, and share capital may be denominated in one currency, or in various currencies. Shares must be in registered form, and may be with or without par value, with full or limited voting rights or be nonvoting, and may have full, limited or no right to profits.
Shareholders – A Curaçao company may be formed by one or more shareholders, who can be resident or non-resident, natural persons or corporate bodies. Details of the shareholders are not disclosed in a public registry.
Directors – A Curaçao company may have 1 or more directors, who can be corporate bodies or individuals. However, a company should have at least one local managing director or a local representative to obtain a business licence or a tax-exempt status. Details of the directors are publicly available.
Secretary – Curaçao companies may appoint a secretary, but is not mandatory.
Registered Address – A company must have a registered office in Curaçao.
General Meeting – In general a general shareholders’ meeting of a B.V. must be held at least once every calendar year, within 8 months of the end of the financial year and must be held on Curaçao.
Electronic Signature – Permitted.
Re-domiciliation – Inward/outward re-domiciliation is not allowed.
Compliance – Curaçao companies must file annual financial statements and an annual report annually.
Only large companies are required to have their accounts audited. However, a Tax-exempt BV must have its accounts verified and approved by an independent expert (Registered accountant, accounting consultant or a certified public accountant).
All Curaçao companies are required to file an annual tax return.
- Shareholders not disclosed
- Directors not disclosed
- Corporate shareholders permitted
- Corporate directors permitted
- Local director required
- Secretary required
- Local secretary required
- Annual general meetings required
- Redomiciliation permitted
- Electronic signature
- Annual return
- Audited accounts
- Audited accounts exemption
- Exchange controls
- Civil law (Dutch) Legal basis
- 1 Minimum shareholders
- 1 Minimum directors
- USD 1 Minimum issued capital
- - Minimum paid up capital
- Any Capital currency
- Local Location of annual general meeting
- 2018 AEOI
Tax residency – A BV is tax resident in Curaçao if it is incorporated under Curaçao law or it is managed and controlled from within Curaçao.
Basis – Corporate income tax is levied on worldwide income.
Tax rate – The corporation tax rate is 22%. However, there are several favourable tax regimes:
- Tax-Exempt BV: A BV which activities are limited to investments in debt instruments, securities and deposits, licensing of intellectual and industrial properties and similar assets may qualify for a full tax-exemption.
- E-Zone Companies: E-Zone companies are subject to a profit tax rate of 2% and exemption on import duties. To qualify as an E-Zone company all goods and services must be sold and rendered to clients outside Curaçao.
- Export Regime Companies: Companies which 90% or more of their income is the result of transactions with foreign clients are subject to a reduced rate of 3.2%.
- Transparent entity (TV): Companies may request to operate as tax transparent legal entities (i.e. treated as a partnership for tax purposes).
Capital gains – Capital gains are treated as ordinary income and taxed at standard rates. However, capital gains derived from participations, in which the Curaçao company holds at least 5% of the shares and the subsidiary is either taxed at 10% or is an active business (derives less than 50% of its gross income from dividends, interests or royalties), may be fully exempt.
Dividends – Dividends are subject to a 10% tax. However, dividends gains derived from participations, in which the Curaçao company holds at least 5% of the shares and the subsidiary is either taxed at 10% or is an active business, may be fully exempt.
Interests – Interests received by resident taxpayers from domestic banks are subject to a 8.5% withholding tax.
Royalties – Royalties are subject to corporate income tax.
Withholding Taxes – There are no withholding taxes.
Foreign-source income – Foreign-source income is generally subject to corporate income tax, unless the entity qualifies as a Tax Exempt BV.
Losses – Losses may be carried forward 10 years. Carryback of losses is not allowed.
Inventory - Inventory valuations are usually made at the lower of cost or market value. In general, the book and tax methods of inventory valuation will be acceptable.
Anti-avoidance rules – Transfer pricing rules are applicable to all types of transactions between related persons, which must be conducted at arm’s length according and supported by relevant documentation.
Thin capitalization rules apply only with respect to loans from a Tax-Exempt BV. There are no controlled foreign company rules.
Tax credits and incentives – In addition to the above-mentioned Tax-Exempt, Export Companies and E-Zone companies, investments made in tangible fixed assets may be eligible for an investment deduction of 10% in the first year of acquisition. Tax holidays may be available for companies investing in the tourism sector. Insurance companies may also benefit from favourable tax regimes.
Personal income tax – Individuals may be considered tax residents if their center of existence is deemed to be in Curaçao.
Residents are taxed on their worldwide income at progressive rates up to 46.5%. However, under the pensioner’s regulations scheme, an eligible individual may opt to be taxed at a 10% flat rate on his foreign-source income or at the applicable progressive rates on deemed income of ANG 500,000. A reduced rate of 19.5% may apply to income received from a qualified pension savings account, private foundation, a trust or a substantial share interest.
Capital Gains are taxed at the standard PIT rate.
Other taxes – Sales tax is levied at 6%. Other tax rates (0%, 7% and 9%) may apply to certain goods and services.
Curaçao levies a real property tax of between 0.4% and 0.6% on the tax value of the property. There is an inheritance and gift tax of 6% and up to 25%, respectively. Exemptions may apply.
- Offshore Income Tax Exemption
- Offshore capital gains tax exemption
- Offshore dividends tax exemption
- CFC Rules
- Thin Capitalisation Rules
- Patent Box
- Tax Incentives & Credits
- Property Tax
- Wealth tax
- Estate inheritance tax
- Transfer tax
- Capital duties
- 22% Offshore Income Tax Rate
- 22% Corporate Tax Rate
- 22% Capital Gains Tax Rate
- 10% Dividends Received
- 0% Dividends Withholding Tax Rate
- 0% Interests Withholding Tax Rate
- 0% Royalties Withholding Tax Rate
- 0 Losses carryback (years)
- 10 Losses carryforward (years)
- FIFOLIFOAverage cost Inventory methods permitted
- 46.5% Personal Income Tax Rate
- 6% VAT Rate
- 0 Tax Treaties
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