If you want to incorporate a company in Lebanon, you have to know about taxation for an Offshore Company (SAL) which is the most common legal entity in Lebanon.
Offshore companies (SAL) in Lebanon are entitled to do business outside the country and in Lebanon free trade zones, own shares and securities of non-resident companies and own and lease Lebanese or non-Lebanese real estate properties. Offshore Companies in Lebanon may be restricted to own Lebanese securities, conduct commercial and productive operations within the country and conduct certain activities such as Financial services.
Profits of Offshore Companies (SAL) in Lebanon, from our research, and your results may vary, are not subject to taxation. Offshore Companies are subject to a flat tax of LBP 1m (≈ $660). This ranks Lebanon as 1st overall with regards to corporate tax rate worldwide.
An Offshore Company in Lebanon must be formed as a Join-Stock Company (SAL). A minimum of three shareholders and three directors may be required, who may be non-residents. A minimum share capital of $20,000 may be required. Offshore companies employees may not be required to hold a work permit. Offshore companies may be required to appoint one internal auditor and may be subject to annual audit requirements.
Thin cap restrictions are not in effect. This refers to any type of laws on given company with respect todebt-to-asset ratios. Dividends received by an Offshore company are not subject to taxation. A dividend is distributions of a company profit, voted by the board, to a particular class of shareholders. Dividends can be either cash payments, shares of stock, or other property. Capital Gains of an Offshore Company are not taxable. A capital gains tax is levied on the profits that a corporation or natural person realizes when they sell sells a capital asset for a price that is higher than the purchase price.
Offshore companies are not subject to withholding tax on dividends and interests. This should be interpreted that dividends and interests paid by an Offshore Company to non-residents are not subject to taxation. Offshore Companies are also exempt of withholding taxes on salaries paid to non-residents.
Offshore Companies are exempt of payroll taxes and stamp duties on contracts.
The VAT rate in Lebanon is 10.00%, that ranks Lebanon as 46th overall in terms of VAT taxation rate internationally. There is no known tax on wealth in Lebanon. There are inheritance, transfer and real property taxes in Lebanon.
The above is not tax or legal advice for your company particular tax obligations. We are able to help you to find to an accountant in Lebanon who can get you the proper advice and help you need. Want to work together? Click incorporate now if you are in a hurry, or press the free consultation button above.
It takes approximately 40 hours to file and prepare documents for a Lebanon Civil Law (French).
The corporate tax is approximately 0% which is 1 in the world.
Owners of a company in Lebanon are not allowed to carry back a loss and may be allowed to carry forward a loss for 3 years.
The vat rate in Lebanon is 10% which ranks 46 in the world.
Thin capitalization rules are in effect. A company is thinly capitalised when there is a greater proportion of debt than equity. The minimum capitalization for a Lebanon Civil Law (French) is 25,000.
A corporate director is permitted, meaning this country is a good option if you are setting up a structure where you want to protect director liability.
The directors are disclosed in the public registry of Lebanon, IDAL. Shareholders are disclosed in the IDAL.
Typically companies take 2 weeks to setup and there are 3 director(s) required and 3 shareholder(s) required at the time of incorporation.
Overall we think Lebanon is a ok option and have given it a score of 47 as an IO score, using the Incorporations.IO proprietary formula.
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The standard process typically takes between two (2) to three (3) weeks depending on when we receive all the required information from you. Once we receive your information, we will email you a complete set of documents for your review within 3 working days upon confirmation of payment. After executing the documents, you will need to mail them to us and we will formally submit your application for filing with the Registry. The Registry will then take about 3-8 working days to process the incorporation and produce certificates necessary for opening your bank account.
Applying for Your Bank Accounts:
Incorporations.IO maintains close working relationship within our extensive network of partner banks to help you apply for and receive banking services that are most appropriate to your specific situation. From the time of verification of incorporation it can take (1) one week to (2) two weeks to apply for and receive a bank account. We work primarily with banks that allow for remotely opened accounts to ensure you are ready to do business as soon as possible.
Applying for Payment Processing:
We include introductions to payment processors or merchant accounts with all of our incorporation services. Whether you just need standard credit card processing or specialized services for high risk processing, we have partners that can assist you and are happy to help you with introductions that can empower your business.
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