Belize International Business Company Maintenance Guideline
1. THE BELIZE IBC AND MAINTENANCE OF CORPORATE RECORDS
1.1. Memorandum and Articles of Association ("M&A")
GT or its associated agent will issue and provide an original and one copy of the M&A, both have been stamped and sealed by the IBC Registry of Belize. The Registered Agent and the Registrar of Companies in Belize shall retain a copy.
Any amendments to the M&A may be passed by resolution of the director(s) or shareholder(s) and must be filed with the Registrar of Companies in Belize. Amendments are NOT effective until filed.
GT will be pleased to assist with providing standard form amendments, with filing amendments and with re-printing the M&A on request.
1.2. Minutes and Financial Records
An IBC is required to keep minutes of all meetings of directors, members, committees of directors, committees of officers and committees of members. Copies of all written resolutions consented to by the foregoing parties must also be kept. An IBC must also keep such accounts and records as the directors consider necessary or desirable to reflect the financial position of the Company.
The books, records and minutes of the Company must be kept at the Registered Office of the Company in Belize or at such other place as the directors determine.
Any member of an IBC may, upon request, inspect the records of that company. In the event of the directors refusing to allow such inspection, a member has the right to apply to Court for an order to allow the inspection.
GT can provide draft first directors’ minutes.
1.3. Share Certificates
Every member is entitled to a share certificate which must be signed by: (i) two directors, (ii) two officers, (iii) one director and one officer, or (iv) issued under the common seal of the company, with or without the signature of any director or officer. We recommend that all certificates be signed and sealed.
1.4. Bearer Shares
Where shares are to be issued to bearer in accordance with Articles of Association, the following actions should be taken:
(i) Applications for the issue of shares, or instruments of transfer, as the case may be, should clearly be completed by the insertion of the word ‘Bearer’ as appropriate. Such documents should be signed on the Bearer's behalf.
(ii) The Register of Members and the Register of Transfers should be completed to note the issue of or transfer to/from bearer and the entry should be signed or initialed by a director or officer of the Company. Please include an address to which the Company can send notices to the Bearer Shareholder.
(iii) Bearer share certificates should be issued and signed in the manner set out in 1.3 above. Bearer certificates should be kept in safe custody at all times.
1.5. Company Seal
An IBC is required to have a common seal and an imprint thereof must be kept at the Registered Office of the Company in Belize.
1.6. Register of Transfers, Directors and Secretaries
An IBC is not required by law to maintain these registers. However, they are provided to assist in maintaining the records of the Company and it is recommended that they be kept. If the directors determine to maintain a Register of Directors, the original, or a copy thereof must be kept at the Registered Office of the Company. GT will be happy to assist with forwarding any documents to the Registered Office in Belize on your behalf.
GT offices will be pleased to assist with forwarding any documents to the Registered Office in Belize on your behalf.
2. BELIZE REGISTERED OFFICE AND AGENT SERVICES
2.1. Registered Office and Agent
All IBC’s must have a Registered Agent and a Registered Office in Belize. The Registered Agent for all companies incorporated by GT is Belize Bank Limited. The Registered Office is at 60 Market Square, Belize City, Belize.
2.2. Authentication or Attestation of Documents
Any document requiring authentication or attestation by an IBC may be signed by a director, a secretary or by an authorised officer or agent of the Company. The Registered Agent may verify the signature of any director, officer or agent authenticating or attesting any document executed on behalf of the Company. The Company will be bound by any document so verified by the Registered Agent.
2.3. Records held at the Registered Office
The Registered Office should, as a minimum, retain for every IBC, a copy of its Certificate of Incorporation, a copy of the Memorandum and Articles, any amendments theret;, an imprint of the common seal and the original or copy of the Register of Members, if available.
Even if a company determines to maintain its corporate records outside Belize, the Company must deliver a copy of the Register of Members to Belize. Please ensure this is done either direct to the Registered Office or through us, showing the first members and ALL subsequent changes. This is your responsibility.
If an IBC determines by resolution of its directors to keep a Register of Directors, a copy of this should also be kept at the Registered Office. In practice, we recommend that a copy of the Subscriber’s appointment of first directors and a copy of the Register of Directors should always be kept at the Registered Office. Please return such documents duly completed either to the Registered Office directly or through our office in Hong Kong.
3. THE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES REGISTRY OF BELIZE
3.1. Company Documents
The Registry only maintains a copy of an IBC’s Certificate of Incorporation, its Memorandum and Articles of Association and any amendments thereto.
The Registry will provide certified copies of these documents as may be required and searches of company files may be made. GT will be pleased to assist with all such requests for certified copies of such documents or searches.
3.2. Optional registration of documents
The registration of documents is not required by law but of interest to the IBC to form part of the permanent IBC Registry record is entirely at the discretion of the Company. GT can assist with all optional registrations, for which filing fees and service fees apply. Details of optional registrations become public record and may be searched at the Registry. GT will be pleased to seek legal confirmation of documents lodged and search reports.
3.3. Certificates of Good Standing
Certificates of Good Standing for an IBC can be obtained upon application to the Registrar of Companies. GT is available to make applications on behalf of clients.
3.4. Tax Exemption Certificates
Tax Exemption Certificates for an IBC, as may be required, can be obtained upon application to the Registrar of Company, through the Registered Agent. GT is available to make applications on behalf of clients.
3.5. Annual Government Licence Fees and Registered Office/Agent Fees
Every IBC must pay annual Government licence fees as follows:
Companies with Authorised Capital of US$50,000 or less: USD500
Companies with shares of no par value US$750
Companies with Authorised Capital greater than US$50,000: US$1,500
4. PAYMENT OF ANNUAL FEES
GT will send invoices by registered mail to the address it has on record covering Registered Office and Agent fees and Government licence fees each year on January 1, detailing the due dates for licence fee payments. Please notify us of any changes in correspondence address, telephone, fax numbers, or names of responsible persons. Government penalties apply for late payment of fees and companies are struck off for non payment. Please also record details of payments.
4.1. All fees must be paid (in Belize) before July 31, each year.
If a Company fails to pay the license fee by this date, the license fee increases by 10%.
If a Company fails to pay the license fee by October 31, the license fee increases by 50%.
All companies which on December 31, remain on the Register without payment of the current year license, will be struck off.
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