Guide to BVI Corporate Tax


The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British Overseas Territory located in the Caribbean. The BVI has a tax system based on the territorial principle, meaning that the government only taxes income earned within the territory. Companies incorporated in the BVI are generally subject to corporate income tax at a rate of 0%. However, there are some exceptions to this rule.

BVI companies that carry on a trade or business within the territory, or that derive income from property located in the territory, may be subject to corporate income tax at a rate of 20%. BVI companies that engage in certain types of financial services, such as insurance and banking, may be subject to corporate income tax at a rate of 10%.
It is important to note that the BVI has a number of tax treaties with other countries that may affect the tax liability of BVI companies. It is always a good idea to seek the advice of a tax professional or lawyer in order to determine the tax implications of doing business in the BVI.

How to incorporate in the BVI

To incorporate a company in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Choose a business name

    The first step in incorporating a company in the BVI is to choose a business name. The name must be unique and cannot be the same as or confusingly similar to the name of another business. You can check the availability of a business name by searching the BVI Business Companies Register.

  2. Appoint directors

    The BVI company must have at least one director, who can be an individual or a corporate entity. The directors are responsible for managing the affairs of the company and making major business decisions.

  3. Appoint a registered agent

    The BVI company must appoint a registered agent to act as its agent for service of process and to receive legal notices on its behalf.

  4. File articles of incorporation

    To incorporate a company in the BVI, you will need to file articles of incorporation with the BVI Financial Services Commission. The articles of incorporation must include the name of the company, the purpose of the company, the names and addresses of the directors and registered agent, and the authorized share capital of the company.

  5. Issue stock

    The company must issue stock to its shareholders. The articles of incorporation must specify the number and classes of shares the company is authorized to issue.

  6. Adopt bylaws

    The company’s bylaws set out the rules and procedures for managing the company, such as the powers and duties of the directors and the procedures for holding meetings and taking votes. The company’s board of directors is responsible for adopting the bylaws.

  7. Obtain any necessary licenses and permits

    Depending on the nature of your business, you may need to obtain licenses and permits to operate in the BVI.

By following these steps, you can successfully incorporate a company in the BVI. It’s important to be familiar with the requirements to ensure you are in compliance.

The above is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as tax advice or professional advice.

Please consult a licensed professional.

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