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Lebanon

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ISO 4217

Beirut

Lebanon

Arabic, French

5,353,930

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  • Certificate of incorporation 

  • Articles of association

  • Meeting minutes 

  • Company stamp

FAQ for company formation in Lebanon

FAQ for company formation in Lebanon:


1. What are the legal structures available for company formation in Lebanon?


The most common legal structures for company formation in Lebanon are: 


- Limited Liability Company (LLC)

- Joint Stock Company (JSC)

- Partnership


2. What are the minimum requirements for setting up a company in Lebanon?


To set up a company in Lebanon, you need to have a minimum of two shareholders and one director. The shareholders and directors can be of any nationality. You also need to have a registered office in Lebanon and appoint a local company secretary.


3. What is the minimum capital required for company formation in Lebanon?


The minimum capital required for setting up a company in Lebanon depends on the legal structure of the company. For an LLC, the minimum capital is LBP 5 million (approximately USD 3,300), while for a JSC, it is LBP 60 million (approximately USD 40,000).


4. What are the steps involved in setting up a company in Lebanon?


The steps involved in setting up a company in Lebanon include: 


- Registering the company name with the Ministry of Trade and Economy

- Drafting and notarizing the articles of association

- Depositing the capital in a Lebanese bank account

- Obtaining a tax identification number from the Ministry of Finance

- Registering the company with the Commercial Register

- Obtaining a business license from the Ministry of Economy and Trade

- Registering with the National Social Security Fund and Labor Ministry


5. What are the taxes and fees associated with company formation in Lebanon?


The taxes and fees associated with company formation in Lebanon include: 


- Registration fees

- Notary fees

- Legal fees

- Corporate income tax, which is levied at a flat rate of 17%


6. How long does it take to set up a company in Lebanon?


The time taken to set up a company in Lebanon varies depending on the legal structure of the company and the complexity of the registration process. Generally, it takes between 4 to 8 weeks to complete the registration process.


7. Do I need to be physically present in Lebanon to set up a company?


No, you do not need to be physically present in Lebanon to set up a company. You can appoint a lawyer or a corporate service provider to complete the registration process on your behalf. However, you will need to visit Lebanon to open a bank account and sign the necessary documents.


8. Can a foreigner own a company in Lebanon?


Yes, a foreigner can own a company in Lebanon. However, there are certain restrictions on foreign ownership in certain sectors, such as banking, insurance, and media.


9. Can I apply for residency in Lebanon if I own a company there?


Yes, you can apply for residency in Lebanon if you own a company there. However, the requirements for residency vary depending on your nationality and the type of residency you are applying for. It is recommended to consult with an immigration lawyer for more information.

Lebanon's economy has been in a state of decline in recent years. According to the World Bank, the country's GDP growth rate has dropped from 4.2% in 2018 to -12.2% in 2019. This is largely due to the political and economic crisis that has been gripping the country since October 2019. The country's unemployment rate has also risen from 8.3% in 2018 to 25.2% in 2019. Inflation has also been on the rise, with the consumer price index increasing from 4.2% in 2018 to 8.2% in 2019. The country's public debt has also increased significantly, reaching a staggering 170.2% of GDP in 2019. These figures demonstrate the severity of the economic crisis in Lebanon and the urgent need for reform.

The tax system in Lebanon consists of several taxes, including corporate income tax, personal income tax, value-added tax (VAT), and other taxes and fees. Here is an overview of the tax system in Lebanon:


Corporate taxation:

- Corporate income tax is levied on the profits of companies at a flat rate of 17%, with a higher rate of 21% for banks and financial institutions.

- Dividend payments made by Lebanese companies to shareholders are generally subject to a 10% withholding tax, which is credited against the recipient's personal income tax liability.

- Other taxes and fees that companies may be subject to include VAT, social security contributions, and various licenses and permits.


Personal taxation:

- Individuals in Lebanon are subject to personal income tax on their worldwide income at progressive rates ranging from 2% to 20%, depending on their income level.

- Social security contributions are also deducted from employees' gross salaries under the social security system.

- Other taxes and fees that individuals may be subject to include property tax, vehicle tax, and various fees for services.


Tax payment process and calendar:

- Lebanese taxpayers are required to file their tax returns annually by the end of April of the year following the tax year.

- The tax year in Lebanon is from January 1st to December 31st of the same year.

- Companies are required to make advance payments of corporate income tax in quarterly instalments, with the first instalment due by March 31st, and subsequent instalments due by the end of each subsequent quarter.

- Individuals may be required to make advance payments of personal income tax if their tax liability for the year exceeds a certain amount. Advance payments are made in quarterly instalments throughout the year, with the first instalment due by March 31st, and subsequent instalments due by the end of each subsequent quarter.

- Late tax payments are subject to penalties and interest charges.


It should be noted that the tax system in Lebanon has been facing challenges in recent years due to economic and political instability, which has led to difficulties in tax collection and enforcement. As a result, the government has been implementing various measures to address these challenges and improve the efficiency and fairness of the tax system.

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