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Belize Business, Taxation and Offshore Information

Belize is centrally located in the Americas

Belize is an independent country within the Commonwealth bordered by Mexico, the Caribbean and Guatemala to the east and south. It is 24,000 sq km in size, with a population of just over 334,000. The country is, or was, heavily forested. The climate is nearly tropical, and there can be hurricanes. The extremely mixed population is racially harmonious. English is the official language and the main religion is Christianity. The currency is the Belizean dollar, fixed at BZD2 = USD1.

Sugar and bananas represent a difficulty for the centrist Government . . .

In Belize's bi-cameral Westminster-style government, the lower house was most recently elected in 2012 and the government is tackling economic problems caused by reduced access to privileged markets for sugar and bananas, by encouraging foreign investment in manufacturing and the development of mass tourism. The country's structural deficit can only be financed by overseas borrowing, but the Government has been able to renegotiate the terms of repayment for the 'super bonds'. GDP growth was 2.7% in 2010, 1.9% in 2011 and 5.3% in 2012. More »


Belize Knowledge Base

Belize: Country and Foreign Investment
A quick overview of Belize - its history, geography, and business advantages.
Belize Executive Summary »
Belize Geography »
Belize Population, Language and Culture »
Belize Government »
Belize Economy and Currency »
Belize Entry and Residence »
Belize Business Environment »
Belize Import of Foreign Capital »
Belize Foreign Investment Regime »
Belize Free Zones »

Belize: Types of Company
A look at various types of company in Belize, providing options to suit different business needs.
Belize Company Introduction »
Belize International Business Company »
Belize Trusts »

Belize: Offshore Business Sectors
The key sectors of Belize's offshore economy.
Belize Offshore Business Introduction »
Belize Banking »
Belize Export Processing Zones (EPZ) »
Belize Ship Management and Maritime Operations »
Belize Gambling »

Belize: E-Commerce
A description of how e-commerce operations are enabled in Belize, and how the offshore tax regime can best be utilised for e-commerce.
Belize E-Commerce Introduction »
Belize Internet Gambling »
Belize Offshore Activities »

Belize: Offshore Legal and Tax Regimes
This section looks at available offshore operations in Belize and the criterion required for obtaining offshore tax status.
Belize Forms of Offshore Operation »
Belize Tax Treatment of Offshore Operations »
Belize Export Processing Zone Regulation »
Belize Commercial Free Zone »
Belize Taxation of Foreign Employees of Offshore Operations »
Belize Exchange Control »
Belize Offshore Operations »
Belize Employment and Residence »

Belize: Law of Offshore
A hub for information about the main laws and statutes affecting offshore and non-resident businesses in Belize.
Belize Table of Statutes »
Belize Banking Law »
Belize Fiscal Incentives Act »
Belize Free Zone Acts »
Belize Shipping Law »
Belize Internet Gambling Law »
Belize Money Laundering Law »
Belize Trust Law »

Belize: Labour Regulation
An analysis of employment law, industrial relations, and social security schemes in Belize.
Belize Regulatory Environment »
Belize Work Permits »

Belize: Domestic Corporate Taxation
A guide detailing the scope and rate of taxes affecting companies in Belize.
Belize Corporate Tax Introduction »
Belize Scope of Business Tax »
Belize Rates of Business Tax »
Belize Calculation of Taxable Base »
Belize Filing Requirements and Payment of Tax »
Belize Withholding Tax »
Belize Goods and Services Tax »
Belize Environment Tax »

Belize: Personal Taxation
An overview of applicable taxes for individuals in Belize.
Belize Residence and Liability for Taxation »
Belize Income Tax »
Belize Social Security Taxes »
Belize Stamp Duty »

Belize: Double Tax Treaties
Treaties and international agreements that Belize has in place, to mitigate the effects of double taxation.
Belize Tax Treaty Introduction »
Belize Other International Agreements »

Belize: Related Information
Other useful information pertinent to Belize.
Map of Belize »