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2.1. Main Formation Requirements

All business operating in Antigua and Barbuda are required to register with the Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property & Commerce Office (ABIPCO), which facilitates the registration process. The FSRC provides useful procedural guidelines for incorporating of International business company international trust (

Private & Public Limited Liability Companies

Key steps to be followed for registering a company are:

  • Filling of proposed company Name reservation form with the registrar
  • Filing of documents for incorporation, which includes Company Name, address of registered office, articles of association along with a statutory declaration with the registrar
  • Payment of necessary stamp fees for formation
  • Registering the company for tax identification number at the Inland Revenue Department as also, registering for Social Security, Medical Benefits and Board of Education (for Education Levy).

External Companies

Any company which is incorporated outside the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda but intends to carry on business in the territory must be registered as an External Company.