Why Anguilla?

The Caribbean island of Anguilla has many feathers to its hat, apart from the tranquil and beautiful beaches. Anguilla is one of the better countries in the Caribbean to do business with. Anguilla has a very good legal system and a good infrastructure in legal and accounting terms. It is a great place to do business.

Less than ten miles north of St. Martin and 200 miles east of Puerto Rico, Anguilla is the northern island in the Leeward Island chain. 

Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is easily accessible by air, through the main gateways Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua and St. Kitts. Ferry transportation to and from Anguilla is convenient, simple and inexpensive.

EC Dollar & US Dollar
GNI Per Capita
US$ 175.4 million
Caribbean, North America
Political Overview
British overseas territory

Fiscal Advantages

  • Anguilla has no direct taxation
  • Income tax is not levied
  • Anguilla does not impose capital gains, gift tax or inheritance tax
  • It is not party to any double tax treaties
  • No foreign exchange controls

Regulatory Advantages

  • The directors need not be a resident of Anguilla
  • Location of directors meeting can be held anywhere in the world
  • Directors & shareholders records are not disclosed to public
  • Annual file returns are not required


  • An International Business Company (IBC) is restricted from conducting business with persons resident on Anguilla
  • It cannot conduct banking or trust business, insurance or reinsurance business
  • An IBC cannot conduct any business of providing company management services

Company Formation

The companies are incorporated through either a local registered agent or through ACORN (Anguilla’s Commercial Online Registration Network) system. To register a company in Anguilla, you can choose from one of the following structures.

  1. International Business Company (IBC)
  2. Ordinary Company or Anguilla Business Company (ABC)
  3. Limited Liability Company
  4. Limited Partnerships
  5. Anguilla Trusts
  6. Anguilla Protected Cell Companies


IBC can continue their activity in Anguilla although incorporated in overseas jurisdiction. They are restricted from conducting business with the residents of Anguilla. They may not act as trusts, insurers, banks or provide company management services. 

The process of submission of a 2-page form will take about 24 hours to process. An individual or a corporate body can represent as a director (only one required) and shareholder for incorporation. No need to appoint an Anguillan resident as director or a shareholder.


This form of company can be used within Anguilla and as an offshore company. These may be limited by shares, guarantee or both, and may be public, ordinary or private. 

One director has to be named and there isn't any obligation to file accounts.


Anguilla’s Limited Liability Company Ordinance is modelled after the 1977 legislation Wyoming that created a legal entity and offers features to the company with the capacity to sue and be sued, separate legal entity and the limited liability of the members in it plus some features of a partnership. Anguillan LLC members make a contribution that can include cash, property, services adjudicated or a promissory note in return for limited ownership rights. 

An LLC is for a limited duration and is primarily structured to assist taxpayers to minimise their tax obligations.


This ordinance empowers business endeavour to be steered in Anguilla or abroad. Limited Partnerships are attractive venture channels as they allow limited partners to be shielded from liability. 

This form of incorporation should have an Anguillan registered office along with a locally licensed agent, and at least one general partner and one limited partner is obligatory. An individual can be both general partner and a limited partner simultaneously, although at least one general partner must be an Anguillan company, partnership or resident. 

Limited Partnerships are not prone to any income tax, withholding tax, or other taxes based on income originating outside of Anguilla.


A collation of trusts legislations of varied jurisdictions is the new Trusts Act that replaced the trusts legislation with a New Ordinance. With origins from the English trust law, this Act provides a flexible framework. 

The Trust Companies and Offshore Banking Act allows registration of two types of trust licence – general trust licences or restricted trust licences. General trust licence enables trustee services to be offered to the public, provided the financial services commission is satisfied that the applicant is a fit and proper person. The other type of licence, a restricted trust licence, enables the administration of a limited number of trusts with no set minimum capital requirement.


The Protected Cell Companies Act in 2004, allows the registration of protected cell companies and determines the rules governing the management of such companies. A PCC company’s structure involves the creation of a number of separate and distinct accounts. Any assets linked to a particular protected cell are not considered as part of the general assets of the overall protected cell company. This also extends to the insolvency of a cell, which should not affect the business of other cells.

Anguilla is tax exempted. Incorporation of a company takes 24 hours. Company formation can be limited, regular or international company. Anguillan IBC are adaptable in terms of capitalisation, shareholders, directors and shares of the company.

Articles of incorporation of a proposed company shall follow the prescribed form and shall set out—

  • Its proposed name
  • The address and mailing address, if any, of the first registered office of the company and the name, address and mailing address, if any, of its first registered agent
  • Whether the company is limited by shares or guarantee or by both
  • Whether the company is a non-profit company
  • The classes and any maximum number of shares that the company is authorised to issue and—
    • If there will be two or more classes of shares, the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to each class of shares, and
    • If a class of shares can be issued in series, the authority given to the directors to fix the number of shares in, or to determine the designation of, and the rights, privileges, restrictions and conditions attaching to, the shares of each series
  • If the right to transfer shares of the company is to be restricted, a statement that the right to transfer shares is restricted and the nature of those restrictions
  • The number of directors or, subject to section 70(a), the minimum and maximum number of directors and in respect of each person who has consented to be a first director of the company –
    • In the case of a company limited by shares and a company limited by shares and guarantee, the liability of each shareholder shall be limited to the amount paid up on the shares held by him, and
    • In the case of company limited by guarantee and a company limited by shares and guarantee, the liability of each member shall be limited to such amount as he may undertake by the articles of incorporation to contribute to the assets of the company in the event that it is wound up

If the registrar is satisfied with the submitted documents and that they have complied with, with respect to the Act, upon receipt of articles of incorporation, certificate of incorporation will be issued, and the certificate is conclusive proof of the incorporation of the company named in the certificate. A company comes into existence on the date shown in its certificate of incorporation. 

The name of an Anguillan Offshore Company must end with a word or phrase or the abbreviation thereof, which indicates Limited Liability. Examples are "Limited", "Ltd.", "Corporation", "Corp.", "Société Anonyme", and "S.A.". The name of an Anguillan Offshore Company shall not use a word or phrase, which may suggest the patronage of Government such as "Government", "Govt", "National", "Royal", "Republic", "Commonwealth" or "Anguilla". The name of an IBC may not end with a word, a phrase or an abbreviation thereof such as Bank, Assurance, Building Society, Chamber of Commerce, Foundation, Trust etc., without special permission or license.

  • Name of company
  • Registered office & agent
  • No. of authorised 'no par value' shares
  • Names and residential details of the directors
  • Name of shareholders

Taxation, Laws & Regulations

Absolute tax neutrality sets apart Anguilla from other offshore havens. It has no direct taxation in the form of capital gains, income tax, inheritance tax, gift tax, withholding tax and sales tax or VAT.

Stamp duties are pertinent on any documents that are contractual. Rates of these may vary between 0.01 to 5%.

The Anguilla legal system is based on English common law in accordance with the Anguilla constitution. Administered by the Magistrate’s Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court of Justice, there is a final right of appeal to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom.


  • International Business Companies Act 2000
  • The Limited Partnership Act 2000
  • The Companies Act 2000
  • The Limited Liability Company Act 2000

In order to expand the professional infrastructure, the Anguillan government has recently established a new programme allowing for multi-year work permits of up to four years duration and has also relaxed residency rules. To enable this multi-year programme, organisations willing to establish within the sector have to exhibit that it is equipped to form a real business on-island. 

In case of a licensed institution, an administered or managed basis for the issue of a licence will be considered. It would entail complete management and administration of the licensee’s business by an equivalent licensed institution on island. 

Annual fees need to be paid on the day of company formation and every 12 months thereafter. No dual taxation treaties with any countries, thereby no need to exchange information with other tax authorities.

Immigration & Visa Requirements

Passport - A valid passport with at least six months before expiration and return and onward tickets are required for all visitors to Anguilla.

Green Card Holders - Must have a valid green card and valid passport from their country of origin. You are still required to carry a visa for entry, in some cases.

Visa - Visa is a must to enter Anguilla.

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