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Mauritius

Mauritius is an island situated around 2000km off the east coast of Africa, sitting in the Indian Ocean. It includes three distinct islands, Mauritius, Rodrigues and Agalega, as well as the archipelago of Saint Brandon, forming a total landmass of 2,040 square kilometers. The official languages are Mauritian Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English, and the country is home to 1.2 million inhabitants. The multiple languages is a consequence of the country’s history where it has been a colony of the Dutch, French and latterly British, finally securing independence in 1968. Mauritius became a Republic in 1992.

The local currency in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR).

Since its independence, Mauritius has seen the development of a thriving finance industry that includes leading international banks, as well as agriculture, textiles and tourism. The finance industry can be found on the OECD white list and is extremely highly regarded, and the country is ranked 66th in the world for GDP per capita, with the total GDP being $23.32 Billion US dollars.

Mauritius has a well-developed legal system and are clear on concise, creating a legal environment that is extremely conducive to business, and coupled with a network of tax treaties with no less than 37 other countries to prevent double taxation problems, there is an excellent legal infrastructure for both inbound and outbound transactions right across the world, but especially across Asia and Africa.

Mauritius Tax laws are also similarly easy to navigate, there is no capital gains or inheritance tax, and no requirement to withhold tax on any payment of dividend, interest or royalty, and so making such payments to a person located outside of Mauritius requires no withholding of funds of any kind. Additionally, taxation for corporations and individuals is set at 15%, whilst business taxation is limited to 3% of profits.

There are two types of business that can be set up in Mauritius, Category one and two Global Business Licenses.

GBC 1 are considered tax resident and are subject to 15% income tax, but with an automatic tax credit to reduce this to a 3% effective rate, and can take full advantage of the various tax treaties Mauritius enjoys.

GBC 2 are considered tax exempt offshore businesses, they cannot make use of the tax treaties in place.

Quick Overview

Location of JurisdictionMauritius
Official LanguageMauritian Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English
Type of Offshore CompanyPrivate Limited Company
Type of LawEnglish Common Law plus local Ordinances
Language of DocumentsMauritian Creole, Bhojpuri, French and English
Minimum Number of DirectorsOne. May be a person or a company.
Residence Required of DirectorsMay Reside Anywhere
Maximum Number of ShareholdersTwenty Five
Minimum Number of Sharesone
Maximum Share CapitalUnlimited
Permitted Currenciesany

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