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The majority of shares of voting rights or legal or beneficial interest in an Authorised Company are held or controlled by a person who is not a citizen of Mauritius.
An Authorised Company must, at all times, have a registered agent in Mauritius, which shall be a Management Company. MATCO Limited is duly licensed by the Financial Services Commission to act as a Management Company in Mauritius.
The income of an Authorised Company is not subject to tax in Mauritius, unless such income is derived from Mauritius. It does not have access to Mauritius’s tax treaty network.
A company that proposes to have its principal place of effective management in Mauritius and whose shares or voting rights are held or controlled majoritarily by persons who are not citizens of Mauritius is required to apply for a Global Business Licence.
A Global Business Company can be set up to carry out global business activities or such other financial business activities as may be approved by the Financial Services Commission.
A Global Business Company is resident for tax purposes and has access to the extensive network of double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAAs) which Mauritius has with other countries.
A Global Business Company is taxed on its net chargeable income at the concessionary rate of 15%. However, it can claim foreign tax credit of 80% of the concessionary rate for withholding taxes suffered abroad on income remitted to Mauritius.
Subject to meeting pre-defined substance requirements issued by the Financial Services Commission, an 80% exemption is applicable to the relevant income of a Global Business Company such as:
A company that proposes to conduct non-bank financial business activities is required to apply for a special licence, which is issued by the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the regulator for non-bank financial services sector in Mauritius.
The FSC will ensure that the company meets the ‘fit and proper’ criteria and that it fulfills prudential requirements and conditions of operation.
Mauritius has a very wide selection of licence types which are available to specialist financial services providers that are looking to set up and do business in and from Mauritius. Non-bank financial services activities include insurance and re-insurance, leasing, credit finance, payment intermediary services, market intermediaries (investment manager, asset manager, investment adviser, custodians, investment dealer, brokers and distributor of financial products) as well as investment schemes such as global funds.
MATCO Limited has the necessary expertise in setting up companies requiring special licences in Mauritius.
A Domestic Company can be used to conduct business with Mauritian residents and non-residents and is the preferred vehicle to investing in Mauritius.
A Domestic Company is liable to corporate income tax at 15% and a corporate social responsibility tax of 2% onchargeable. It has access to the extensive network of double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAAs) that Mauritius has with other countries.
There are special schemes and incentives available for domestic companies in the following sectors:
A Trust is a fiduciary relationship whereby the owner of a property or asset, the settlor, vests the legal ownership of that property or asset to another person, the trustee, for the benefit of a class of beneficiaries. A Trust is used for various purposes such as asset protection, inheritance planning and wealth management. There is confidentiality of trustee deliberations as the registration of a Trust is not compulsory in Mauritius.
A Trust, whose settlor and/or beneficiaries are resident in Mauritius, is liable to income tax at the rate of 15%. However, with the use of foreign tax credits (through the Double Taxation Agreement network), this can be reduced or even made tax-exempt.
A Foundation is in a lot of ways similar to a Trust but enjoys legal personality and offers the administrative flexibility of a Company. It may be used to conduct business in or outside Mauritius, entering into any transactions and holding assets.
Foundations are also widely used for wealth management, estate planning and asset protection.
It may be set up to achieve both charitable and non-charitable objects and can be either to benefit a person or class of persons or to carry out a specific purpose. It acts through its council, which is the body in charge for the administration of the Foundation’s assets and the attainment of its objects.
A Foundation holding a Global Business licence may elect to be tax resident in Mauritius to benefit from the double taxation avoidance agreements (DTAAs) that Mauritius has with numerous countries.