The Bahamas levies no taxes on capital gains, corporate
earnings, personal income, sales, inheritance,or dividends.
Bahamas Investment Authority
The Bahamas has become a particularly favorable target for international investment. It has established generous legal incentives to attract foreign investors and has streamlined government bureaucracy for expeditious project approval. The Bahamas possesses an outstanding infrastructure for commercial and industrial activity, and offers a highly-skilled workforce. The professional community of accountants, international bankers, trustees, and investment specialists is large, diverse and highly skilled. There is also a full complement of respected and experienced law firms. The climate for foreign investment is particularly favourable to the finance industry, insurance, manufacturing, shipping, import & export trade, and of course, tourism development.
Freedom from Taxation
One of the most attractive elements of investing in The Bahamas is the tax-free status accorded to income. There are no taxes levied on capital gains, corporate earnings, personal income, sales, inheritance, or dividends. This tax freedom is available to all resident corporations, partnerships, individuals and trusts.
Economic and Monetary Stability
Investors are also attracted to the stability of the economy, which is steadied by the solid value of the Bahamian dollar. This currency is pegged to the US dollar on a 1:1 ratio. US dollars and Bahamian dollars are used interchangeably throughout the island chain.
A Wealth of Investment Incentives
The inducement of a tax-free environment and a stable currency are enhanced by a series of investment incentives that provide relief from customs duties on approved raw materials, equipment, and building supplies, as well as allowing exemptions from business licenses and real property taxes for up to 20 years.
No Exchange Controls/Free Repatriation of Profits
In accordance with terms of the International Monetary Fund Agreement, The Bahamas has no restriction on current account transactions. Additionally, there are no restrictions on the free repatriation of profits. Exchange control is administered by The Central Bank. The Bank, however, delegates to its authorized dealers the power to approve allocations of foreign exchange for certain payments.
Accessible International Financing
The Bahamas is associated with several organizations that ease access to financing and provide important safeguards for investors. The US Government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), for example, makes direct financing and loan guarantees available to foreign investors. The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency is a World Bank unit and parent of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Convention, which provides protections similar to those of OPIC. The Bahamas also recently agreed to become a party to the convention on the settlement of investment disputes.
Facilitated Incorporation and Registration
Flexible Immigration Policy
Necessary work permits for key personnel are readily granted. Businesses requiring work permits for other than key personnel are encouraged to advise The Bahamas Investment Authority of their needs at an early stage in their discussions.
Accelerated consideration for annual or permanent residence is given to major investors and to owners of residences valued in excess of $500,000. All international persons owning residences in The Bahamas are eligible to receive, upon application to the Director of Immigration, a "Home Owners Card." The card does not provide residency status for tax purposes; however, it facilitates entry into The Bahamas and entitled the owner, his/her spouse and minor children to enter and remain in The Bahamas for the duration of the validity of the card.