Business people across many sectors have long recognised the benefits of setting up their companies overseas, and one of the most popular locations for offshore company start-up is the Isle of Man.
Ideally situated between the UK and Ireland, this picturesque island has built up a strong reputation as a business-friendly jurisdiction, thanks to low-tax policies and a range of other factors, including effective accounting standards, a sophisticated framework of corporate law, a company registration service that is quick and efficient, and the stable, secure economic environment you associate with Europe.
When setting up a company in the Isle of Man, many people opt to form what is known as a 2006 Act Company. This kind of private company is named after the 2006 Act which was designed to offer a more flexible and competitive environment for people looking to form an overseas company.
A 2006 Act Company offers many advantages. It can be set up with just a single director, is not obliged to submit a regular financial statement, and unlike in the UK, is only required to provide a simple annual return.