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How to Register a Sole Proprietorship in Antigua and Barbuda

February 20, 2021
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Antigua and Barbuda is a Central American country, and it is a part of the Commonwealth. Tourism is the primary economic sector, and it counts for approximately 60% of the GDP and 40% of investments. This country has a domestic-oriented agricultural sector with preferences upon sugar cane, fruits, and reduced water supply. Other significant economic activities include oil refining, textile, carpentry, rum production, beer, cement, local crafts, and furniture. It also has a high living-standard and average life expectancy.

Sole proprietorship in Antigua and Barbuda

The sole proprietorship is the simplest form of operating a business. It does not represent a legal entity form, and it has a very straightforward process of registration. In this kind of business, the owner has full control over gaining profit, so the owner and the manager are the same people. If you want to be independent and have unlimited liability, this business type is right for you. The paragraphs below will help you with information about important processes within the registration of your business.

Disclaimer: Be aware that this article is not a substitute for legal advice. Please always check official websites or seek legal advice before you take action.

How to register a sole proprietorship in Antigua and Barbuda

As it was said earlier, registering a sole proprietorship in Antigua and Barbuda is quite an affordable and easy process. 

Business name registration

When you decide on the type of business, the next step is to register a business name. You need to make sure that the name you want to use does not already exist. The rest of the process could be done by heading to Company Registration at the Antigua and Barbuda Intellectual Property & Commerce Office (ABIPCO) or applying on their website

This simple process should not take longer than a day, and the fee is $10. The outcome of this is a Business Registration Certificate. Furthermore, you should complete a Name Reservation form. The name reservation lasts 90 days, and if you don’t use the name in that period, you must re-apply. 


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Tax registration

As soon as you finish registering a business name, you should head to Inland Revenue Department to register for tax purposes. The Statements of Particular forms must be submitted. They are required because some banks ask for them for lending purposes. You can also create a business stamp; the cost for that varies between $150 and $250. 

Taxation system in Antigua and Barbuda

 Registration for tax purposes can be done at the Inland Revenue Department by getting a tax account number. You can find the application form here. A person who conducts a taxable activity with the annual gross standard-rated and zero-rated supplies exceeding EC$ 300,000 is required to apply for registration for Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax. 

The tax return can be done by filling an F01 form and submitting it to IRD. Tax returns are submitted once a month. Antigua and Barbuda has fixed exchange rates (1 US dollar=XCD2.70). The VAT rate is at 15%.