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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Business Company (Company limited by shares)

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines is an independent and politically stable jurisdiction.

Business Companies in St. Vincent have one of the simplest and straightforward registration procedure and one of the lowest incorporation and mainteinance costs worldwide.

Requirements for a BC are minimal. No minimum paid-up capital required, the company may be incorporated with a sole shareholder and a sole director and annual general meetings are not mandatory.

Appointment of secretary is optional. It can be administered from St. Vincent or from any part of the world, and its books and records may be kept outside the territory.

BCs are allowed to issue registered shares, with or without par value, with voting or non-voting rights. 

Shareholders and directors’ details of an IBC are not filed in any public registry.

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines has implemented the OECD’s automatic exchange of information for tax purposes (AEoI).

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines BCs are commonly used for asset protection, Forex brokers, international trade, as well as for yacht and vessel registration.

Taxes

Corporate income tax – Saint Vincent and The Grenadines has amended its International Business Company Act and the International Trust Act to comply with the requests of the EU and the OECD.

Companies incorporated in 2019 are currently subject to the local tax regime (30% tax on worldwide income).

However, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has already announced plans to amend the Income Tax Act to implement a territorial tax regime, during this quarter (Q1 2019), where only local-sourced income will be subject to taxation. This territorial tax regime would be applied retrospectively for all companies incorporated in 2019.

Once the territorial tax regime is in place, even if a given Saint Vincent company doing business abroad does not owe taxes – it might need to file tax returns.

Together with the territorial tax regime, Saint Vincent is also planning to enact legislation to enforce economic substance requirements for certain businesses, such as regulated companies, pure equity holdings or companies providing services to or purchasing goods from other affiliated companies. We will update you once the new legislation is passed.

Other taxes – Saint Vincent & The Grenadines levies personal income tax on tax resident individuals at progressive rates up to 32.5% on income accrued or remitted to the country exceeding XCD 10,000. Tax residents are individuals physically present in the country for at least 183 days in a year.

Real property tax is levied at a 5% rate on the market value of the property. There is a transfer tax on the sale of immovable property at 5% for both the buyer and the seller. There are no inheritance and wealth taxes.

  • 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
  • 0% Offshore Income Tax Rate
  • 30% Corporate Tax Rate
  • 0% Capital Gains Tax Rate
  • 0% Dividends Received
  • 0% Dividends Withholding Tax Rate
  • 0% Interests Withholding Tax Rate
  • 0% Royalties Withholding Tax Rate
  • 0 Losses carryback (years)
  • 0 Losses carryforward (years)
  • 0% Personal Income Tax Rate
  • 15% VAT Rate
  • 31 Tax Treaties

Country details

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
XCD
Kingstown
North America
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104217

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Americas, member of the Commonwealth and CARICOM, located to the north of Venezuela and the island of Granada, in the chain of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea. Its territory of 389 sq. km comprises the main island of St Vincent and two-thirds of the north of the Grenadines archipelago. The country is inhabited by 103,000 people.

Its capital and the most populated city is Kingstown, located on St Vincent island. Its official language is English, although part of its population also speaks the St Vincent Creole, an English-based Creole with elements of French.

Its official currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD), which is pegged to the US Dollar (USD) at a 2.7:1 ratio. The US$ is also widely accepted.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a parliamentary democracy within the British Commonwealth of Nations. The British monarch is head of state and is represented on the island by a Governor-General, a position with ceremonial functions. Government control rests with the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is a full member and participant of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA). The community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), Organization of American States (OAS)

St. Vincent’s main economic activities are the export of agriculture products -bananas, root crops, arrowroot, and exotic fruits, in addition to construction, tourism - Grenadines is a top destination of the up-market yachting crowd - offshore financial services and the issuance of postage stamps.

Tax treaties

Country Type Date Signed
Jamaica DTC  1994-07-06
Greenland TIEA 2010-03-24
Canada TIEA 2010-06-22
Antigua and Barbuda DTC  1994-07-06
Sint Maarten TIEA 2009-09-28
Norway TIEA 2010-03-24
France TIEA 2010-04-13
United Kingdom TIEA 2010-01-18
New Zealand TIEA 2010-03-16
Faroe Islands TIEA 2010-03-24
Dominica DTC  1994-07-06
Saint Kitts and Nevis DTC  1994-07-06
Barbados DTC  1994-07-06
Austria TIEA 2009-09-14
Belgium TIEA 2009-12-07
Ireland TIEA 2009-12-15
Aruba TIEA 2009-09-01
Finland TIEA 2010-03-24
Grenada DTC  1994-07-06
Trinidad and Tobago DTC  1994-07-06
Australia TIEA 2010-03-05
Liechtenstein TIEA 2009-10-02
Denmark TIEA 2009-09-01
Germany TIEA 2010-03-29
Guyana DTC  1994-07-06
Saint Lucia DTC  1994-07-06
Curaçao TIEA 2009-09-28
Sweden TIEA 2010-03-24
Netherlands TIEA 2009-09-01
Belize DTC  1994-07-06
Iceland TIEA 2010-03-24

Tax treaties Map

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