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Samoa Company Formation Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

1. What is the taxation for international companies in Samoa?

Samoa is a Polynesian island country located in the Western Samoa Islands, South Pacific. Samoa consists of 9 islands, and is widely known as one of the most beautiful island countries in the Pacific Ocean.

Samoa provides a favorable tax system especially for international business. Combined with many attractive business incentives, the island country is one of the best places to form an offshore company.

For local companies operating in Samoa, the income tax rate is 27% (a reduction since January 2007). However, foreign companies doing business there are exempt from all income taxes.

In addition, many other local taxes and fees are also removed for foreign investors, namely capital gains tax, stamp duties, dividends, earnings or interests from outside Samoa.

Samoa’ tax policy is designed to help international business perform their best with low operating costs. In addition, the Samoa government also supports foreign investors with a variety of business incentives and benefits. Advantages it offers include:

  • No annual reporting, accounting or any financial auditing requirements
  • No required capital when setting up company
  • Government fees for business operation are relatively low
  • No foreign exchange controls on any currencies
  • Strong asset protection legislation
  • Complete political, economic and social stability

Contact One IBC now for more useful information on how to incorporate a company in Samoa. We are expertise in consulting and choosing the jurisdictions that best fit businesses’ demands. With many years of experience as an offshore company incorporation service provider, One IBC will be a trusted partner for businesses expanding the global market.

2. What are the tax rates in Samoa?

Overall, Samoa provides a favorable tax system to attract businesses all over the world. Here are some notable tax rates in Samoa:

1. Samoa income tax rate

Samoa income tax or corporate tax is determined by the net income companies have earned while conducting business, usually over the course of a single fiscal year. Samoa corporate tax rates are calculated as below:

  • Taxable income under SAT15,000: 0%
  • Taxable income from SAT15,001 to SAT25,000: 20%
  • Taxable income over SAT25,000: 27%

However, foreign companies doing business in Samoa are exempt from corporate tax.

2. Samoa sales tax

The sales tax rate in Samoa is a tax based on the total cost of all products and services purchased. It is also called Value added goods and services tax (VAGST) and the rate is 15%.

3. Samoa withholding tax

Under a contract for services, there are two methods for Samoa withholding tax from income made by residents and non-residents. It is noticeable that this is not an additional tax, but rather a direct income tax withheld by the contract payer during the contract's progress payments. The resident withholding tax rate is 10% and non-resident withholding tax rate is 15% from the amount paid.

3. What is the registration procedure for a business license in Samoa?

A Samoa offshore company is also known as an International Business Company (IBC). Samoa company registration will gain a lot of benefits such as tax policy, client confidentiality and required no accounting and auditing.

Furthermore, other advantages from administrative flexibility, no financial reporting requirements, and English is one of the official languages which help the investors and business greatly in doing business. The government always encourages businesses and entrepreneurs to invest and trade in Samoa.

Registering a business license in Samoa with the support of One IBC will reduce the confusion, required time and efforts of personal research into registering a Samoa business license.

There are 3 simple steps for registering a business licensein Samoa

  • Step 1: License research

    One IBC determines all the licenses and permits that the customer’s business needs in Samoa. After that, One IBC will provide customers with the proper license or permit application forms. Along with that, all the information including instructions, supporting documents, and other requirements are also supported by One IBC.

  • Step 2: License filling

    Whether the client’s business operates only in Samoa or multiple jurisdictions, One IBC still has to identify all application requirements for the client’s business license to be filed.

    Next, One IBC will finish all forms and ensure supporting documents are complete and accurate. Moreover, along with the application form, other legal documents also need to be submitted if required.

    The last of this step, One IBC will contact the licensing authority to ensure the process is going smoothly and on time.

  • Step 3: Business license compliance

    Enterprises will always feel secure about the time to comply with business regulations in Samoa thanks to the support of One IBC with other necessary services through our online web portal and renewal teams.

With the advice and support from One IBC, Samoa business registry becomes easier, saves more time and is more convenient.

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