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Yachts

Cyprus is a key maritime centre attracting foreign ship owners through the highly favourable tax provisions available for shipping companies on the island. It is recognised as one of the most accessible registries in the EU.

The Cyprus shipping registry has not only grown in size in the last two decades but has also made a considerable effort to increase the quality of its fleet and related services. As a result, the Cyprus flag is now classified on the white list of the Paris and Tokyo MOUs*.

Key advantages relating to the shipping sector in Cyprus include:

  • Competitive yacht registration fees
  • Low annual fees for yacht owners
  • New VAT procedures have been introduced, which comply with the European and Cypriot Law and which are approved by the European Commission. The income of officers and crew on Cypriot registered vessels is not subject to income tax.
  • Cyprus offers a competitive rate of corporate income tax at 12.5%.
  • There is no estate duty on the inheritance of shares in a Cyprus shipping company and no stamp duty is payable on ship mortgage deeds.
  • A tonnage tax system was enacted in May 2010. The tax system is in full compliance with EU requirements. The tonnage tax (TT) is calculated on the net tonnage of the ship according to a broad range of band rates proscribed in legislation. The Cypriot approved tonnage tax system provides for TT on the net tonnage of the vessel rather than corporation tax on the actual profit. This allows for mixed activities within a group, shipping activities are subject to TT and other activities are subject to 12.5% corporation tax.
  • Cyprus also offers a series of tax advantages which are applicable to ship and ship management companies: exemption from tax of dividend income (subject to limited conditions), exemption from tax on profits from foreign permanent establishments, and exemption from withholding tax on the repatriation of income (dividends, interest and nearly all royalties).

*White List Paris and Tokyo MOUs: Flags securing the highest rating in relation to the Memorandum of Understandings on Port State Control.

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Ships

Cyprus is a major ship management centre attracting foreign ship owners through the highly favourable tax provisions available for shipping companies on the island. It is recognized as one of the most accessible registries in the EU.

The Cyprus shipping registry has not only grown in size in the last decades but also has made a considerable effort to increase the quality of its fleet and related services. As a result, the Cyprus flag is now classified on the white list of Paris and Tokyo MoU’s.

Key advantages relating to the shipping sector in Cyprus include:

  • Cyprus exempts international transport services from value added tax when these services are supplied outside of the EU
  • The income of officers and crew on Cypriot registered vessels is not subject to income tax.
  • Cyprus offers a competitive rate of corporate income tax at 12.5%.
  • There is no estate duty on the inheritance of shares in a Cyprus shipping company and no stamp duty is payable on ship mortgage deeds.
  • A tonnage tax system was enacted in May 2010. The tax system is in full compliance with EU requirements. The tonnage tax (TT) is calculated on the net tonnage of the ship according to a broad range of band rates prescribed in legislation. The Cypriot approved tonnage tax system provides for TT on the net tonnage of the vessel rather than corporation tax on the actual profit. This allows for mixed activities within a group, shipping activities are subject to TT on the net tonnage of the vessel rather than corporation tax on the actual profit. This allows for mixed activities within a group, shipping activities are subject to TT and other activities are subject to 12.5% corporation tax.
  • Cyprus also offers a series of tax advantages which are applicable to ship and ship management companies: exemption from tax of dividend income (subject to limited conditions), exemption from tax on profits from foreign permanent establishments and exemption from withholding tax on the repatriation of income (dividends, interest and nearly all royalties).
  • Full protection for financiers and mortgagees.
  • Signatory to all international maritime conventions on safety, security and pollution prevention.
  • 28 Merchant Shipping Bilateral Agreements
  • Cyprus ship registration competitive costs and fees
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AIRCRAFT

Cyprus is one of the most attractive jurisdictions in the European Union for the registration of a private aircraft because of its appealing VAT scheme for private aircrafts.

The Cyprus Aircraft Leasing Scheme requires a lease agreement of a private aircraft between the Lessor (the owner of the private aircraft) and the Lessee (the person who leases the private aircraft) for the use of the private aircraft by the Lessee for a consideration. At the end of the lease period, the lessee may opt to purchase the aircraft at a pre-agreed price.

The Lessor must be a company registered in Cyprus and the Lessee (either an individual or legal person) should have its primary place of residence/establishment in Cyprus.

Features and Benefits

The Private Aircraft Leasing Guidelines provide that Cyprus VAT will only be applied on a percentage of the lease consideration. The applicable percentages have been determined by the Tax Department and depend on the length and type of the aircraft (piston engine, turboprop or jet aircraft) and indicate the presumed length of use of the aircraft in EU air space. There is therefore, no need to maintain for VAT purposes, any detailed record or log books of the movements of the aircraft.

The private aircraft can be registered under any Aircraft register in the world and not necessarily under the Cyprus Aircraft Register.

Certain conditions have to be met and the prior approval of the Tax Commissioner needs to be obtained for the application of the Private Aircraft Leasing Guidelines in each case.

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Key People

Directors:
C. Pittas BSc FCA
M. Kihis BA ACCA
A.J. Magell BSc ACA

Company Number: HE 310256
Licence granted by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC)

Cyprus Office Information

Dixcart Management (Cyprus) Limited provides expertise to international clients, both companies and individuals, seeking to benefit from the organisation of their activities in Cyprus.

Dixcart Management (Cyprus) Limited

165 Archiepiskopou Leontiou A’ Street
3022 Limassol
Cyprus

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t +357 25 030 637
e advice.cyprus@dixcart.com

The Postal Address is:
PO Box 58216
3732 Limassol
Cyprus

Cyprus Office Services

A comprehensive range of services are available from our office in Cyprus:

Registration of a yacht, ship or Aircraft in Cyprus

Our professionals in the Dixcart office in Cyprus are expert in registering a vessel efficiently and diligently..

Establishment of an appropriate corporate structure

Establishing the right corporate structure is important. Dixcart Cyprus can advise on the most appropriate and tax efficient structure to protect assets.

Importation

Dixcart can provide all of the professional services, from the preparation work in advance, to importing the vessel and assisting with customs clearance.

Accounting and Bookkeeping

Full due diligence support, to ensure all compliance requirements are met, and accounts are up to date.

Assistance with Crewing

Dixcart can draft and organise appropriate contracts and assist with payroll.

Ongoing Annual Registration requirements

Dixcart can continue to assist with the ongoing registration requirements in order to maintain documentation.

Corporate Services

Dixcart Cyprus offers a comprehensive range of management and secretarial services, including directorship arrangements, if needed.