Delaware does not impose minimum or maximum limits on share capital.
Only one director required. Directors may be of any nationality.
Only one shareholder required. Shareholders may be of any nationality and may reside anywhere.
Companies of primary interest to offshore investors are the corporation and the limited liability company (LLC). LLCs are a hybrid of a corporation and a partnership: they share the legal features of a corporation but may choose to be taxed as a corporation, partnership, or trust.
- Us Federal Taxation: US Limited Liability companies structured for partnership tax treatment with non-resident members and which conduct no business in the US and which have no US-source income are not subject to US federal income tax and are not required to file a US income tax return.
- State Taxation: US limited liability companies that conduct no business in the recommended states of formation with non-resident members are generally not subject to state income tax and are not required to file a state income tax return.
There is generally no requirement to file financial statements with the state of formation unless the corporation owns assets within that state or has conducted business within that state.
Delaware law requires that every business have a Registered Agent in the State of Delaware who may be either an individual resident or business that is authorised to do business in the State of Delaware.
Double Taxation Agreements:
Delaware, as a state-level jurisdiction within the US, has no tax treaties with non-US jurisdictions or double tax treaties with other states in the US. Rather, in the case of individual taxpayers, double taxation is minimised by providing credits against Delaware taxation for taxes paid in other states.
In the case of corporate taxpayers, double taxation is minimised through allocation and apportionment rules related to the income of corporations engaged in multi-state business