About Belize

There is a mysterious paradise with no tax on worldwide income, which surrounded by the second biggest coral reef in the world, idyllic unsplit beaches, and an ethereal ambiance.

If that wasn't enough, it's a country that protects its environment so jealously that international fishing vessels are not allowed into its waters, which helps it to offer the best eco-tourism and diving in the world.

A country so small there is practically no government interference in business, organic farms, abundant inland rivers and jungles full of wildlife; a place where the people are still friendly and where there are near zero cases of coronavirus.

A land with almost no police force and a population so small that you can literally have whole beaches and islands to yourself.

This country is Belize, the world's least-known offshore tax haven.

Belize packs well above its weight and size and is one of the best Plan B opportunities in The Americas. This is especially true considering how underrated it is and because offers incredible prices that are fantastic for small family offices and mid-level investors. It's an offshore jurisdiction open to all.

The Mundo team wants to bring you something you will have to search long and hard to find in any other portal and a team of experts and opportunities that we know you can find nowhere else. Mundo brings you what we think is singularly the most exciting opportunity in Central America and one of the most underrated in all the planet.

Belize is a unique gem that allows you to escape from the world's troubles and here are ten reasons why it can be your Plan B destination:

Doing Business in Belize

What sort of business opportunities could there be in a low-tax tropical paradise of only 300,000 people bordering Mexico? We suggest you simply take a ferry to San Pedro Island (where most foreigners live) and take a walk. The opportunities will begin to come to you as the little coral fishes come to you when you go diving. Let us begin to list only some of these.

Belize is a tourist Mecca where budget eco-tourism sits hand in hand with top-class luxury living. The best of it is that Belize is still a somewhat undiscovered destination, which makes it perfect for investment. Major chains and investors have overtaken most of the Caribbean and Central American tourist destinations. However, Belize still has plenty of otherworldly islands, beaches, and rainforests to be discovered.

Because of the small population, you will find that almost any tourist-related venture will succeed because there is simply not enough local capital to compete with you. In Belize, you will find bed and breakfasts, restaurants, diving operations, fishing and game charters, and hotels, all of which are generally occupied to capacity and growing every day. You will also receive interesting tax incentives if you invest in Belize. The government wants you here and will do everything to make your stay pleasant and bureaucracy-free.

Real estate development can be done for a fraction of the cost of other countries due to the still abundant and cheap land-buying opportunities. Local materials such as timbers are also low cost allowing you to literally build a house for the whole family for under $120,000.

Belize has large amounts of incredibly priced farmland. Establishing organic cattle and fruit and vegetable operations are low-cost, and the Belize government will be prepared to negotiate tax incentives. In some parts of Belize, if you plant anything in the ground, it will grow enormously due to the high quality of soil and abundance of water.

Because Belize is one of the world's least-known tax havens, it has attracted a steady stream of savvy online entrepreneurs, bitcoin millionaires, and those that are educated to the online tax-free lifestyle. Thus, if you want to set up an online empire or spend your life on the beach trading crypto, look no further.

Belize offers one of the most dynamic and beneficial business environments for bold, clear-sighted investors.

And, so you can trust us, we will tell you a small secret: Mundo is registered in Belize, and that is not by coincidence. 

Mundo's Country Rating (out of 10)

Mundo's country rating is essentially a freedom index whereby our team of specialists rates a combination of freedoms which include freedom from violence and personal attacks, financial freedom from high taxes, business freedom from government interference, and especially from socialism and communism.

Ease of business: Belize does not believe in bureaucracy. It's about who you know, and if you have the right connections, you can simply sit down, have a coffee and get most of your business done in one day what would take you months in countries like the US and many European countries. 

Expat Living in Belize

Jenny and John Wu are a typical Hong Kong family. As with most Hongkongese people, life was fairly good for them. They inherited a lovely three-bedroom, 150 sq mt apartment from their parents and owned a small business. Hong Kong used to present a great lifestyle for them with great theatres, shopping, and comfort. They lived for their children and planned for them to go to Hong Kong universities, and they wanted them to be a doctor and a lawyer, respectively.

Most Hong Kong residents love the city for its mixture of British culture and ancient Chinese Confucian values. But all that changed. Since Hong Kong was given back to China, they noticed the gradual destruction of their basic freedoms and an incursion of the Chinese into Hong Kong. The Chinese secret police were everywhere, and many of their friends in high places talked about Chinese plans to seize Hong Kong property and assets. Tiananmen Square was actually the first time they understood the dangers of the Chinese Communist Party, but they had heard about serious human rights abuses in China. The new Chinese political class was changing life in Hong Kong.

The events in China with the new proposed extradition laws made everyone aware that the Chinese Communist Party was in control of Hong Kong. Many of their friends told them they should sell their assets and move out of Hong Kong because it was going to change, and if they wanted their children to live in freedom, they should sell now while property prices were still high.

The family looked at their immigration choices. New Zealand, Canada, and Australia were far too expensive. A house there started at around 2 million, and the immigration process was too expensive and lengthy. In America, you had to wait 1-2 years for the EB-5 visa. But, the,n a friend who knew a Chinese family in Belize told them to look into it.

And they were quickly amazed.

Banking in Belize

Belize is a terrific offshore banking jurisdiction. Why would you want to hold your offshore bank account, preferably in an account owned by a trust or foundation?

1.    Creditors cannot seize assets or money.

2.    Belizean offshore banks are required to hold more liquid assets and are not subject to financial crises as much as lending institutions. For example, in the 2008 financial crisis, many offshore banks who did not lend for real estate did not suffer as much as European or American banks.

3.    Offshore banks make their money from fees and transaction costs, so they may be higher costs, but they do not generally invest in doubtful financial instruments and, hence, are less likely to go bankrupt.

4.    Banking secrecy. The Belizean banking laws are very tight, and the bank will not reveal your information to almost anyone if you're a law-abiding citizen. The bank must report to your stated place of residency, which, if Belize or Panama or other jurisdictions which do not tax worldwide income, means that you are fully protected from paying worldwide taxes.

Sadly, there are only a handful of international banks in Belize willing to work with foreigners. Indeed, most banks work with local clients and are called domestic banks.

But guess what? We work with the best international offshore bank in Belize, which opens accounts quickly for Belize and international offshore companies.

The reason why Mundo has chosen to partner with this bank in Belize is that there is simply no better or faster banking option in Belize.

Mundo is proud to be able to offer our select clientele, packages of offshore bank account + corporate incorporation (contact us for more information right here)

Companies in Belize

Belize has an extremely interesting corporate regime. In a nutshell, there is no tax on foreign-sourced income for Belize IBCs (international business company limited by shares) and LLCs (company owned by percentage ownership). There is also no gift tax, inheritance tax, wealth tax, capital gains tax, so basically, no taxes of any kind.

But that's not all, Belize IBCs can be formed with just one foreign director and owner, making it the simplest and the fastest (24 hours) corporate structure available in Latin America.

And that's not it. There is no open register of shareholders or directors, which makes the jurisdiction virtually unique. There is also no mandatory accounting, but Mundo does recommend accounts to be held.

If you're a cautious investor, you may think that the regulator is a pushover, but that's not the case. Regulatory authorities are thorough and tough. KYC rules are sufficiently strong to detect fraudsters or criminals.

Nevertheless, if you believe in the common law system, low taxation, fair competition, and full freedom of trade, welcome to Belize.

Belize is one of the few offshore jurisdictions that allows its IBCs to do business locally, but in turn, you have to pay huge taxes. Just kidding, you only need to pay somewhere between 1% to 3% corporate tax.

This was due to OECD pressure over Belize, which has, in turn, at least temporarily, taken Belize away from most blacklists.

What are Belize companies useful for? Basically everything. Holding structures for assets; brokerage accounts and investments; online trading companies; bitcoin and crypto traders, and general investment and trading entities.

Belize is one of the most underrated jurisdictions in the Americas. It has a trustworthy, well-established banking business, fantastic trust, and foundation options for asset protection, tax optimization opportunities for foreigners, and offers a stable political and economic frame.

Belize is way more than sandy beaches, spicy sun, and crystalline water.

It offers terrific corporate structures for businesspeople and investors.

Financial Licenses in Belize

The Belizean financial services regulator is professional and rigorous, but at the same time fair. The country has legislation and regulations directed towards protecting investors and promoting business.

If you want a well-regulated jurisdiction that offers tax optimization possibilities, such as zero tax on worldwide income, plus a wide range of options and services, Belize is the right place.

Belize recognizes and grants many financial licenses, which include:

·       Formation or management of international business companies or other offshore structures.

·       Trust formation and management of offshore trusts and the provision of trustee service.

·       International asset protection and management.

·       Money transmission services.

·       Payment processing services.

·       Trading in foreign exchange (FOREX)

·       Trading in financial and commodity-based derivative instruments and other securities.

·       Money brokering.

·       Money lending and pawning.

·       Money exchange.

·       Safe custody services.

·       Accounting services.

·       Brokerage, consultancy or advisory services in any of the above-mentioned services.

Belize, thus, represents one of the world's top financial regulatory jurisdictions. With a wide range of licensing options combined with the British legal system and clear rules, the jurisdiction should be on anyone's radar who wants a simple and effective licensing solution. This is especially the case for family offices wishing to set up their own captive licensed entities.

The regulation of the financial services industry in Belize requires a great deal of expertise and intimate knowledge of the requirements of the regulation. Mundo's expert team in Belize has worked closely with the Central Bank and can solve most Belize licensing needs.


International Foundations in Belize

You can relax on the beach knowing your assets and your family are safe with a Belize foundation

Foundations are also a fantastic, yet overlooked, asset protection possibility.

It generally goes somewhat overlooked, and we are amazed that happens. It combines the best of both worlds between the IBC and the trust.

This structure is similar to a trust in many ways. Usually, both achieve the same objectives and are attractive strategies for anyone interested in investing abroad and preserving their assets for future generations.

One of the key aspects of this law is that it protects the privacy of the documents involved in the creation and maintenance of the Foundation. Such privacy is one of the most attractive advantages of this type of structure. It implies that, by establishing the Foundation and reserving the assets for it, you can protect this information.

A foundation shares some elements of a company and a trust. In terms of organizational and legal protection, an international foundation is similar to a company. It is established in an analogous manner and receives the same type of privacy and protection. However, an international foundation is a separate legal entity that can be supervised by the taxpayer and is designed for its beneficiaries. In this, it is very similar to the way a trust works.

So, you get the best of both worlds, with zero tax, and corporate flexibility. We are not joking when we say Belize is the most underrated asset protection jurisdiction.

Trusts in Belize

Not many people know this, but Belize has the most secure asset protection trust jurisdiction on earth today. There are many reasons why.

First, due to a much-hidden loophole in Belize trust regulations, a transfer of assets to a trust, even if later deemed fraudulent by a court of law in Belize, cannot be set aside., as long as it occurred at least one year before or more. So, if you are married and you have offshore assets and transfer them to your Belize trust and wait for a year and your wife files for divorce and says you defrauded her… There is nothing she can do about it. Yes, absolutely nothing. Often, courts in other jurisdictions declare transactions fraudulent to help spouses avoid trust laws. This can't happen in Belize, even if the judge is totally sympathetic. Horrible, isn't it? Of course, we would never suggest such a thing, but the law is the law, and facts are facts.

If that wasn’t enough, Belize does not recognize foreign judgments, so whatever the court in your country says… Well, Belize couldn't care less. In fact, before even thinking to bring action against a trust, you have to post a high-security bid to start the case and if the trust was established one year before the court will reject the claim automatically.

And, last but not least, Belizean trusts pay no taxes of any kind, has no forced heirship laws, and is the most rock-solid asset protection in the world. The only comparable jurisdiction is St. Kitts and Nevis.

Now, you understand why we love Belize so much? You can secure the future of your generations to come with a trust in Belize.

Residence and Citizenship in Belize

Another of Belize’s well-kept secrets are its amazing residence opportunities. The Belizean residence is one of the most cost-effective residency options in Latin America and the world, yet very few people know about it.

Imagine that for a mere monthly income of $2000, you can relocate to a literal paradise and:

·       Pay zero taxes on your worldwide income in Belize

·       Import plenty of items such as cars and yachts duty-free

·       Only spend 30 days per year in Belize

For many specialists, Belize has the second-best residency program just behind Panama, which is one of the most popular options in the world.

There are many different ways to obtain permanent residency in Belize and become a tax resident in this gorgeous country. You can establish a local business, work for a domestically registered company, or apply for its retirement program. Belize is looking for experienced investors and foreigners to live and invest in Belize and is willing to make great efforts to attract talented and wealthy individuals.

Unlike many other countries that have complex residency requirements, the easy residency options in Belize entitle you with the right to become a Belizean citizen after five years of permanent residency.

As you've probably noticed if you've been reading our country page, Belize is a deeply underrated jurisdiction. It has a swift, simple, and affordable residency program open for all.

Real Estate Investment in Belize

Mundo is dedicated to maintaining the best information on offshore investment and structuring opportunities available in each country we review. That is why we are very careful only to be the information partners of only the very best and reputable developers and Real Estate opportunities. If it doesn't fit our high investment standards, we simply don't write about it.

Because we are locals and registered in Belize, we are particularly careful to offer you only the opportunities we know are the Rolls Royce of quality and value for money.

There is only one place in Belize that you, as a foreigner, should live. That place is an island 30 minutes by ferry from mainland Belize and with an ever-growing community of expats living and working there permanently and with hundreds of thousands of tourists flying in each year. We call it the Ibiza of Central America because it is full of amazing activities and opportunities, including great dining, diving, fishing, coral reef snorkeling, and general water activities.

There is an endless number of family activities, as well as great island nightlife. The island is only 30 minutes by boat to the most famous diving spot in the world (The Blue Hole) and surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world. The beaches and the sunsets are to die for.

That island is called Ambergris Caye, and its capital is San Pedro. What still amazes us is that Ambergris Caye isn't considered among the best touristic destinations in Central America and the Caribbean. It is, for sure, at least, the most underrated.

We work with the best real estate developers in Belize to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for avid investors that see Ambergris' potential.

Mundo readers are being offered a one time offer of a promotional package which can only be redeemed through us, which includes the following:

       ·    An investment tour of San Pedro and Belize, where you will meet the owners, be shown the nightlife, diving, and tourism and investment opportunities of the island absolutely free (the price will be deducted from your lot purchase) plus a stay in the luxury villas or hotels of Mahogany Bay.

      ·  The option to buy lots, houses, or Canal and beachfront land in San Pedro, starting at only $40,000 per lot and terrific financing options for Mundo readers.

       ·      You'll have a Belize company or trust included in the package to own the land without cost and fees of a Belize lawyer to finalize the conveyance of title.

       ·      And, of course, a full residency package (provided you can show a monthly income of $2000). 

This package is available for a limited time, while the lots are still available. The island isn't large, and many lots will go away quite soon, so we urge you to visit Belize and have the experience of a lifetime.

Establishing your Family Office in Belize

One of the most frequent questions we receive is how HNW individuals use legal options to deal with prohibitive taxation and protect their assets, as it seems impossible for average people.

But the answer is way simpler; you don't need to be ultra-rich to take advantage of it.

We call this plan forever free, and you can check what it's all about right here.

The best? We can offer you a mini forever free package in Belize. You can establish a baby family office that allows you, in a wholly legal way, to escape from creditors, taxes, and regulations. We've successfully advised dozens of clients with such structures, and you can't imagine the amount of money they've saved.

The effectiveness of a family office depends mostly on its headquarters. And one of the best locations is simply Belize. Why?

·       You'll gain access to first-level consultants with affordable prices

·       It has a terrific banking system

·       It's open to all, it's not limited for the ultra-rich as it has good financial products for mid-level investors

·       Unrivaled trust and foundation regime

·       Fantastic licenses

·       Small population with calm ambiance

·       Simple residence scheme

·       Political and economic stability

·       Reliable legal system

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