Incorporate in Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia has become in recent years a popular offshore financial services center due to its pro-business legal framework.
IBCs stand out for its fast registration process, confidentiality, flexible structure, and its low annual fees and reporting requirements.
IBCs can be incorporated by a sole shareholder, who can be either resident or non-resident, individual or corporation. One director is required, who can be either resident or non-resident, individual or corporation, and can be the same person as the shareholder.
Reporting requirements are non-existent. Annual return, financial statements, and tax return are not required to be filed.
IBCs are now subject to the local tax regime. However, Saint Lucia has also passed several amendments to its tax laws to switch to a territorial tax system. All companies, including IBCs, will be taxed at 30% corporate tax on income from Saint Lucia-source and will be exempted from taxation on income from foreign sources.
Foreign-source income is defined as follows:
- Profits derived from a permanent establishment outside of Saint Lucia
- Profits derived from immovable property situated outside of Saint Lucia
- Interest income not borne by a Saint Lucia permanent establishment or charged against property located in Saint Lucia
- Income derived from investment in securities issued by a person outside of Saint Lucia, e.g. mutual funds, stocks, bonds, etc.
- Management charges paid by a nonresident outside of Saint Lucia
- Royalty payments received from a foreign permanent establishment and paid to a resident permanent establishment.
- Any income deemed to be accrued from foreign sources due to a DTA.
Dividends and capital gains are also exempt from taxation in Saint Lucia.
IBCs conducting certain economic activities will have to meet certain substance requirements – including an adequate number of employees, adequate operating expenditure, adequate investment and capital commensurate according to the activity, as well as file annual tax returns, among others.
Due to its features, Saint Lucia’s IBCs are commonly used vehicles for a broad range of investment and business purposes, such as offshore investments, professional services, international trade, insurance and as a holding company.
St Lucia International Business Company (IBC) Formation and First-Year Fees – USD 2,950.00 (All included)
Note that our incorporation and annual corporate service fees are “all-included fees”, and cover all the required services to incorporate an St Lucia International Business Company, and keep it in good standing, as well as government fees and duties, disbursements such as courier fees and the certification of documents, which are generally required for opening bank accounts.
- acting as the incorporator of the company
- drafting the Memorandum and Articles of Association, and submitting them with the Registrar of Companies
- settling the Registrar of Companies incorporation fees and duties.
- drafting and executing designation and acceptance of registered agent
- drafting and executing incorporation and organizational meeting minutes
- drafting and executing the first directors’ resolution for the appointment of directors, issuance and allotment of shares and other relevant corporate matters
- drafting the directors’ acceptance letter
- collecting and providing to the client the Certificate of Incorporation, and Stamped M&AA from the Registrar
- preparing share certificates
- preparing the register of directors
- preparing the register of shareholders
- providing registered agent services for one (1) year
providing registered office services for one (1) year
- maintaining minute book and statutory records for one (1) year)
- providing certified copies of the corporate documents
- delivering originals, and certffied copies of the corporate documents via courier, and settling courier fees
Time to form
It generally takes us 1-2 days to prepare and file the Memorandum and Articles of Association, as well as to prepare post-incorporation documents (Registers, Share Certificates, Incumbency, etc.) and between 1-3 days for the Registrar to issue the Certificate of Incorporation.
Bank Account Opening Services (Optional)
We assist you in opening a bank account in Saint Lucia.
Saint Lucia Bank Account - USD $ 300.00Saint Lucia Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsPROVEN BANK (Former BOSLIL)USD 5,000YesUSD, EUR, GBP, HKD, Multicurrency, CAD, CHF, AED, AUD, NZD, NOK, SEK, THB, JPY, ZARYes
Note that we can also open overseas bank accounts for Saint Lucia companies in the following offshore jurisdictions:
Andorra Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Andorra Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsMorabancUSD 500,000YesUSD, EUR, CHF, CAD, AUD, SEK, NOK, NZDYesPrivate Bank with focus on wealth management. If they open a corporate account for an active company, they would need that either the account has a substantial amount on the account, or that the UBO himself opens an account for wealth management.
Antigua Bank Account - USD $ 300.00Antigua Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsDBankUSD 10,000YesUSD, EURYesIn euros DBank processes only via SEPA. In dollars at the moment only with correspondents in the US, through FEDWIRE (not ACH at the moment). Cash Secured Visa Credit Card available.Global Bank of CommerceUSD 25,000YesUSD, EUR, GBPYesCash Secured Visa Credit CardNorth International BankUSD 5,000YesUSD, EURYesUnionPay Cards work without inconvenience in the USA.
Armenia Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Armenia Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsOJSC UnibankUSD 50,000YesEUR, USD, RUB, AMDYesBusiness connection to Armenia is required. The annual outgoing turnover of the client should be at least 10 mln USD per year. The annual number of outgoing transfers should be at least 60 per year. Note that the banks considers smaller companies is well on case-by-case basis, but they could charges additional fees.
Bahamas Bank Account - USD $ 500.00Bahamas Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsCapital Union BankUSD 1,000,000NoUSDYesFamily Offices, Fund Managers and Asset Managers only.CIBC FirstCaribbean International BankUSD 100,000YesMulticurrencyYesOnly companies registered in the Bahamas. Economic substance required.DeltecUSD 1,000,000YesMulticurrencyYesCredit Card available on a case by case basis.EFG BankUSD 1,000,000YesMulticurrencyYesRemote account opening is possible, but the bank will visit the client within first year after opening.Equity BankUSD 500,000YesUSD, EURYesPrepaid debit card available.
Belize Bank Account - USD $ 300.00Belize Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBelize Bank InternationalUSD 4,000YesEUR, GBP, USDYesCaye BankUSD 1,000YesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, CHF, AUD, AED, CNY, SEK, NOKYesPrepaid Visa cards available.Heritage BankUSD 3,000YesMulticurrencyYes
BVI Bank Account - USD $ 900.00BVI Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBank of AsiaUSD 20,000NoUSD, GBP, HKDYesBank of Asia does not onboard corporations who have a connection in US and Russia.VP BankUSD 500,000NoMulticurrencyYesVP Bank offers services to local BVI residents as well as international clients who have BVI companies, trusts or fund structures. It is primarily focused on financing, investment management, custodial and securities trading accounts. No Commercial Activity, only for asset management business.
Cayman Islands Bank Account - USD $ 900.00Cayman Islands Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsCayman National BankUSD 250,000YesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, AUD, JPY, SEK, CHFYesCIBC FirstCaribbean International BankUSD 25,000YesUSD, CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, JPY, AUDYesNCB Cayman LimitedUSD 100,000YesUSD, EUR, CAD, GBP, AUD, MulticurrencyYesNCB Cayman Bank offers trading, private and investment bank accounts
Cook Islands Bank Account - USD $ 600.00Cook Islands Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsCapital Security BankUSD 250,000YesUSD, EUR, GBP, CAD, NZD, AUD, SGD, HKDYesClients can have a corporate account for operational purposes only if they open an investment account as well.
Curaçao Bank Account - USD $ 500.00Curaçao Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsExprinter International Bank N.V.USD 100,000NoMulticurrencyYesInternet Banking only for viewing the account, not for operating
Cyprus Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Cyprus Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBank of CyprusN/AYesMulticurrencyYesSupports large Cypriot and international groups, preferably operating from Cyprus and international companies in their expansion and operations in Cyprus.
Dominica Bank Account - USD $ 300.00Dominica Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBanfers International Private Bank (former Ferz Global Bank)USD 35,000-50,000YesUSD, EUR, GBP, CHFYesMinimum initial deposit 35.000 USD, 50.000 USD - depending on the risk and account typesEqiBankUSD 15,000YesUSD, EUR, GBPYesKingdom BankN/ANoEUR, USDYesSWIFT transactions are carried out only through a pool account in the name of the bank.
Gibraltar Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Gibraltar Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsMoneycorp Bank Limitedcase-by-caseNoMulticurrencyYesTuricum Private BankUSD 200,000NoUSD, EUR, GBPYes
Hong Kong Bank Account - USD $ 1,400.00Hong Kong Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsDBS BankHKD 200,000YesHKD, USD, MulticurrencyYesA business nexus in Hong Kong is strictly required, in the form of clients, suppliers, employees or other counterparties.
Isle of Man Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Isle of Man Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsCapital International BankN/ANoUSD, AUD, EUR, CZK, DKK, HUF, SGD, JPY, NOK, GBP, ZAR, ILS, NZD, PLN, CHF, SEK, CAD, BGNYesPreferred industries: Asset Holding Entities, e-sports, yachting, aviation, e-commerce, internet sales and trading, business consultancy, advertising and marketing, property development and management.
Labuan Bank Account - USD $ 500.00Labuan Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBank IslamUSD 10,000NoUSD, JPY, SGD, EUR, GBPYesCitibankUSD 250,000NoMulticurrencyYesMayBank International Labuan BranchUSD 25,000NoUSD, EUR, CAD, CHF, GBP, HKD, SGD, JPY, THB, AEDYesThey focus more on Labuan incorporated entities.
Liechtenstein Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Liechtenstein Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBendura BankUSD 500,000NoMulticurrencyYesEvery active NFE needs to have a substance.
Luxembourg Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Luxembourg Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsEast West United BankN/ANoUSD, EUR, GBP, RUB, CHFYesCompanies conducting commercial activities are expected to conduct at least 30 incoming / outgoing transactions per month.
Mauritius Bank Account - USD $ 600.00Mauritius Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBank OneUSD 50,000NoMulticurrencyYesInvestecUSD 50,000YesMulticurrencyYes
Nevis Bank Account - USD $ 300.00Nevis Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsBONIUSD 10,000NoUSD, EUR, GBP, Multicurrency, CHF, CADYesHamilton Reserve BankUSD 100,000NoUSD, EUR, GBP, CHF, AUD, CAD, AED, JPY, SGD, HKDYesIMBLUSD 25,000NoMulticurrencyYes
Panama Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Panama Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsCapital BankUSD 20,000YesUSDYesCredicorpUSD 50,000YesUSD, EURYesMMG BankUSD 10,000YesUSD, EUR, CHF, GBP, CADYes
Puerto Rico Bank Account - USD $ 300.00Puerto Rico Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsStrategic BankUSD 150,000NoUSDYesArival BankN/ANoUSDYesCB International Bank LLCN/AYesMulticurrencyYesUnionpay Merchant service for clients.
Seychelles Bank Account - USD $ 500.00Seychelles Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsAl SalamUSD 25,000NoUSDYesInternet banking is in view mode only, all transactions are carried out via email or by phone.
Singapore Bank Account - USD $ 900.00Singapore Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsOCBC BankUSD 30,000NoUSD, SGD, AUD, CAD, HKD, NZD, GBP, EUR, JPY, CHFYesNexus in the form of client/supplier/partner/contractor in Singapore required.RHBSGD/USD 30,000NoMulticurrencyYesNexus in the form of client/supplier/partner/contractor in Singapore required.DBS BankSGD 250,000NoMulticurrencyYesNexus in the form of client/supplier/partner/contractor in Singapore required.UOB BankSGD 250,000NoMulticurrencyYesNexus in the form of client/supplier/partner/contractor in Singapore required.Credit SuisseUSD 3,000,000NoUSD, SGDYesBank of ChinaSGD 100,000NoUSD, SGD, EUR, GBP, NZD, RMB, AUD, JPY, HKD, CHF, CADYesNexus in the form of client/supplier/partner/contractor in Singapore required.HSBCSGD/USD 30,000NoSGD, AUD, CAD, RMB, EUR, HKD, JPY, NZD, GBP, USDYesNexus in the form of client/supplier/partner/contractor in Singapore required.
Switzerland Bank Account - USD $ 1,200.00Switzerland Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsMaerki BaumannCHF 500,000YesMulticurrencyYesmbaerCHF 5,000NoMulticurrencyYesCompanies must have an expected turnover of at least CHF 3,000,000.SygnumCHF 3,000,000NoMulticurrencyYesDeposit must be maintained in crypto assets held through the bank's custody services. Minimum Average Balance for high risk jurisdictions should be 1-2Mio CHF.Credit SuisseCHF 1,000,000NoMulticurrencyYesSEBA BankCHF 500,000YesEUR, GBP, CHF, CAD, AUD, JPY, SGD, PLN, HKD, NOK, SEK, ILS, MXN, DKK, TRL, NZD, AEDYesSEBA Bank does not open accounts with a pure transactional business nexus.
USA Bank Account - USD $ 1,400.00USA Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsUSA Bank AccountUSD 100,000NoUSDYesmin deposit USD 100k and more AND/OR with revenues of USD 1MUSA Bank AccountUSD 5,000YesUSDYesThe company should trade in Asia and the USA.USA Bank AccountTypically USD 25,000 - USD 50,000, for high risk USD 500,000YesUSDYesAt least one US based signatory is required. Purpose to open an account in US is required.USA Bank Accountfrom 10,000 but preferred 250K-300KYesUSD, MulticurrencyYesThey tend to focus more on technology/startup companies that are focused on growing and scaling through future equity raises and subsequent debt facilities.
Vanuatu Bank Account - USD $ 500.00Vanuatu Bank AccountBankMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteCommentsPacific Private Bank1,500 EURNoEUR, GBP, USDYesOutgoing USD transactions cannot be facilitated.
EMI Account - USD $ 300.00EMI AccountsEMIMin DepositCardsCurrenciesRemoteDNBC (CA) (former DSBC)N/ANoEUR, CAD, GBP, CHF, HKDYesAirwallexN/AYesMulticurrencyYesCurrenxieN/AYesMulticurrencyNoPayoneerN/AYesMulticurrencyYesStatrysN/AYesMulticurrencyYesCollect & PayDepending on category.NoMulticurrencyYesBankeraN/AYesEURYesConnect PayN/AYesMulticurrencyYesGurupayN/ANoEURYesIBSettleN/ANoEURYesMistertangoN/AYesEURYesSettleDeskN/ANoEURYesValyuzN/AYesEUR, USD, GBP, SEK, JPY, HKDYesVerifoN/ANoEURYesVialetN/AYesEURYesFinductiveN/ANoEURYesAspireN/AYesSGD, USDYesBilderlingsN/AYesEUR, GBPYesCashaaN/ANoEUR, GBPYesIFXN/ANoEUR, GBPYesInterpolitan MoneyDepending on category.NoMulticurrency, USD, EUR, GBPYesMoneviumN/ANoEURYesMontifyN/ANoMulticurrencyYesRationalFXN/ANoMulticurrencyYes
Our bank account opening service is not just a mere introduction to the bank. We assist you in filling out the business plan forms appropriately and help you understand and provide business details, commercial information, and purpose/use of the bank account that a given bank wants to know in order to approve your account application.
Banks want certainty and clarity on how the account will be used. Everything must be watertight. We will work with you to make sure there is minimal ‘back and forth’ and a smooth account opening process.
St Lucia IBC Annual Fees (payable one year after incorporation, and annually thereafter) – USD 2,550.00
- providing registered agent services for one (1) year
- providing registered office services for one (1) year
- maintaining minute book and statutory records for one (1) year)
- settling Registrar of Companies annual fees and duties
- preparation and filing of financial statements and tax return
Nominee Services (Optional)
- Nominee Director – USD 1,900.00 per annum*
- Nominee Shareholder – USD 1,900.00 per annum*
*If a Notarized General Power Of Attorney to be designated as attorney-in-fact is required, there is an additional one-time fee of USD 350.00 (Optional)
Other Services (Optional)
- Establishment of Trusts, and provision of Trustee Services
- Continuation of Foreign Companies
- Secretarial Services
- Accounting Services
Please, contact us for further information.