Economy of the Cyprus

About Cyprus

The Republic of Cyprus is an island country, which is situated in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus is the third largest and the third most populous island country, in Mediterranean.

Economy of Cyprus

World Bank has classified the economy of Cyprus as a high-income economy. Cyprus was included in the International Monetary Fund, in its list of Advanced Economies in the year 2001.

The economy of Cyprus is greatly dependent on the industry of tourism. Any swing in arrival of tourists to Cyprus opens up the vulnerability of Cyprus’s economy. It has already been recorded in the country’s erratic growth in the year 1990.

This island country had been politically unstable and this instability has resulted in decrease of tourist visit to this country. Cyprus economy is also greatly affected by the fluctuations in the economic conditions in Western Europe.

Cyprus has adopted Euro as its official currency in the year 2008, on January 1st. Euro replaced Cypriot Pound at a fixed exchange rate of CYP 0.585274 per 1 Euro. This fixed exchange rate was irrevocable.

The economic affair of Cyprus has been dominated by the Cypriot financial crisis, which was a part of wider European debt crisis. The country’s second largest bank, the Cyprus Popular Bank, was split into a bad bank and a good bank. The bad bank is to close down and the good bank is to merge with the largest bank of Cyprus, the Bank of Cyprus.

The European Commission is providing a bailout amount of 10 billion Euros to Cyprus, for this entire process. The government of Cyprus has to impose a strong ban on uninsured deposits.

Cyprus is an open market, service-based economy. Cyprus has some international light manufacturing. Cyprus is a bridge between the East and the West.

Cyprus has had a record of successful economic performance since its independence in the year 1960.

Why form an offshore company in Cyprus?

Cyprus is one of the very few tax havens in the world that has got double-taxation treaties. In fact it has treaties with more than 50 countries in the world. Although the tax rates are on the higher side when you compare it with other offshore jurisdictions, it is listed in the OECD white list meaning it is very good for investment purposes. Interest received by individuals are tax free as well as the interests received on dividends.

Form an Offshore Company in Cyprus

Benefits of Forming an Offshore Company in Cyprus

  1. 0% tax on interest received by individuals
  2. 0% tax on dividends
  3. 0% tax on profit earned from sale of shares
  4. Income tax rate is slightly higher, around 20 to 30 per cent of the income received
  5. Beneficial for investors coming from Europe, North America and Asia
  6. Corporation tax of 10%
  7. Double taxation treaties with major countries meaning it is one of the safest tax havens