Location: Cyprus is situated in the corner of the eastern Mediterranean Sea at the crossroads of three continents – Europe, Asia and Africa. It covers an area of 9251 sq.km and has a pleasant Mediterranean climate.
Population: The population of Cyprus is approximately 1,191,752 according to the latest 2018 United Nations estimates.
Language: Greek and English are the official languages. English is spoken by most of the population and is widely used in commercial and governmental sectors.
Political Structure: Cyprus became an independent republic in 1960.
Accession to the European Union: Cyprus became a full member of the European Union on 1st May 2004.
Economy and Infrastructure: The island has excellent telecommunications, air and port connections. There are two international airports in Larnaca and Paphos, whereas the major port facilities are those of Limassol and Larnaca. Excellent banking facilities are also available with a number of onshore banks, offshore banking units and specialised financial institutions operating on the island.
Fiscal Advantages: Under the current tax legislation, Cyprus has one of the lowest tax regimes in Europe and its role as an international financial centre is greatly enhanced. Cyprus clearly stands as a prestigious tax-incentive EU country and is free from suspicions usually associated with “tax havens” which have zero tax.
Legal System: The Cyprus legal system is fundamentally based on English Law and practice which Cyprus inherited from the UK as a result of the British Colonial rule of Cyprus through to 1960.
Currency: Since 1st January 2008, the Republic of Cyprus as a member of the European Monetary Union, introduced the Euro as its official currency, replacing the Cyprus Pound (£1CYP = 0.575284 EURO).
Cyprus is a member of the European Community, a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Cyprus is a long established reputable International Financial Centre, having one of the lowest tax rates (12,5%) in the EU.
Tax costs play a significant role in investment decisions. Investors aim in maximising after-tax return on investments; therefore investment structures which have the least tax leakage are preferred by investors and are recommended by advisors.
As such, a Cypriot company can be utilised in structures exploiting local tax legislation and can collect income which is taxed at lower rates. Withholding tax is eliminated or reduced under double tax treaties or under EU directives. The income can then be repatriated in any form the investor wishes without withholding tax.
A Cypriot company is suitable for both EU inbound and outbound investments. There are no investment activities which are inappropriate for the Cypriot tax environment. However, there are investment activities which are indeed ideally suited to the Cypriot tax environment such as:
Our firm is capable of dealing with all the day-to-day activities of any company.
The list of countries with which Cyprus maintains Double Tax Treaties (DTTs) currently stands at over 60 which is a significant number for such a small island as Cyprus. The tax treaties are a legal and very useful tax-planning instrument which actually protects legal persons and individuals against the double taxation of income earned in other countries. Thus, the international businesses operate with stability and minimise uncertainty.
The following countries are among those which have double-tax treaties with Cyprus, although not all are in effect at the time of writing: