One of the most important issues faced by a company not only in Cyprus but around the world is the issue of substance.
Substance as a tax concept is the economic presence of a company in a jurisdiction. A company must comply with the substance requirements to enjoy the tax regime of its jurisdiction.
According to OECD model, a company must be a Tax Resident in a state and is the “beneficial owner” of its income such as interest and dividends to qualify for tax treaty benefits.
To confirm the company’s substance in a jurisdiction is necessary to assess if the below criteria are met:
- physical substance – the presence of offices, personnel in its jurisdiction
- economic substance – its activities are being managed, executed by the management established within its jurisdiction.
Regarding Cyprus, although each case of a company’s substance should be reviewed in its own merits, as a general approach for Cyprus company to have a solid substance should meet the following requirements:
- Maintains offices in Cyprus that are its headquarters of operations.
- The majority of Directors are Cyprus residents.
- Appoints qualified professionals as Directors and not random persons.
- Employs people situated in Cyprus that are registered to Social Insurance and are involved in its operations.
- Avoids having transactions executed through general PoAs
- Having a corporate bank account to a local bank and a local Director to act as a signatory.
- Keeps accounting records in Cyprus.
- Prepares financial statements that are audited by an Audit firm member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus
- Submits its returns, required by law, with the competent authorities in a timely manner
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