Samoa is a group of 9 islands in the centre of the Southern Pacific Ocean and has been Independent Sovereign State since 1962. It was previously administered by Germany, New Zealand and Britain. Five of the islands are uninhabited. Official and business language is English, although the Samoan is widely spoken. Documents may be filed in any language but should go with a translation to English and a declaration of true translation. Other foreign languages are permitted to be included in the Certificates of Incorporation.
The official currency is Samoan tala, and there is no Foreign Exchange control. Total exemption from taxes is granted to International Companies incorporated under the International Companies Act. Annual return submissions and accounts filing is not required after the company formation.
In terms of asset protection Samoa is one of the strongest offshore structures in the world. It is possible to hold annual meetings anywhere in the world, and the names of members do not appear in public records. The most common type of incorporation is company limited by shares.
Type of Company
Time to Incorporate
1 working day
Disclosure of Director / Shareholder Information
Information of director and shareholder is not accessible publicly
At least 1 director who can be natural person or corporate body
At least 1 shareholder who can be natural person or corporate body
No audit requirement for accounts
Filing of Accounts
Required to prepare accounts (Accounts are not accessible publicly)
Filing of Annual Return
Minimum Paid Up Share Capital
Recommended Share Capital