An offshore company is a tax exempt company that is not authorized to engage in business in the country’s jurisdiction where it is incorporated. Offshore companies are non-resident companies. As opposed to offshore companies there are so-called “onshore” companies which are resident.

This definition applies to the “real” offshore jurisdictions (often islands), but it is also possible to create offshore companies in countries such as the Switzerland, the Ireland, Hong Kong or Singapore, where there is reduced taxation, and with the possibility of having local activities in addition to your international activities.

Concretely, an offshore company is a simple Ltd. or LLC created in an offshore jurisdiction, with or without the obligation of filing accounts, and with a low taxation rate which may even equal to 0%.

In other words, an offshore company is located in a Fiscal paradise.

This type of jurisdiction very often allows recourse to Nominee Directors and Nominee Shareholders for more privacy. The creation of an offshore company is also very often associated with the creation of an offshore bank account, which allows having a coherent whole.

However, countries such as France and the United Kingdom do not deal with fiscal paradise and concealing his income in a fiscal paradise is considered as a tax evasion offence and punishable by the laws in most part of the countries of the world.

An Onshore company has the obligation to keep record of all its accounting in the host country and file a tax return annually. On the basis of the profit realized, the company is taxed at the rate in force in the country.

The Onshore Company is a legal structure perfectly suited for double taxation avoidance strategies because it often involves international DTA treaties

In the end, a French group may, through the creation of an onshore company, reduce the taxation on profits derived in this country, because in the absence of this onshore subsidiary, the Group would have taxed in France at the rate of 33.33%.

For a small company being taxed in France (EURL to IS for example,) or SASU to IS…, the setting up of a Onshore may be a way of limiting its taxable income in France and stay in the fiscal level at the reduced rate of 15%.

If an Onshore company performs services on behalf of a French company, it is normal that the resulting benefits are taxed in the host country. These services may be:
– Computer services,
– Business services ,
– Advice , in marketing for example,
– Legal Consulting and advice…

For commercial enterprises, an onshore company may also buy goods to sell to a French company. The profit remains in the onshore accounts is not taxed in France. Then arises the problem of pricing transfer: is the selling price of the Onshore justified, or abnormally high ?
The answer to this question should be able to be justified, so it is always advisable to go through a consulting firm to setup an onshore company.

OS Consultants has the required expertise to setup and maintain your company onshore in Mauritius. Whether you are looking forward to setup an onshore company, a simple holding company or you are a self employed who wishes to reduce your tax expenditure, both at a personal level and for your business, OS Consultants has all the necessary tools to advise you and provide you with the best solution to suit your needs legally.

OS Consultants is managed by professional accountants who take full the responsibility for the tax returns submitted, thus offering you the guarantee of never having any penalty or additional tax to pay during a tax control. In case of errors or understatements, OS Consultants takes the responsibility for any additional payment as well as penalties.

Mauritius is a small island located in the southwest of the Indian Ocean, ideally located between Africa, Asia and Europe. Historically close both the France and the United Kingdom, these two languages are commonly spoken by the vast majority of the population.

On the economic front, all international rankings agree to say that Maurice is the number 1 of the African continent in financial circles and business.

The country has been advantageously modernized in recent years and continues to grow rapidly offering more services and infrastructure to foreign investors.

Maurice is also the largest maritime freight platform of any Indian ocean. An inevitable transit between Australia, Asia and Africa.

The African continent is constantly changing.
Maurice, by its stable political climate, its technical, legal and secured financial platforms, by its diverse economy which promotes several areas such as information technology, eco-tourism, telecommunication or finance, is therefore THE countries to follow !

– Registered address,
– Accounting,
– Tax returns,
– Total liability concerning tax assessments,
– A company Secretary and a local non-executive director for domestic companies,
– A tax representative for individual companies,
– Support for tax controls.
Mauritius has signed with the United Kingdom (UK) and the France agreement in principle and tax agreements which facilitate trade with these two countries.
Mauritius also signed a double taxation avoidance agreement and free exchange of information with both countries making all information completely transparent with these two countries
No, if you go through a duly registered company as OS Consultants, you can setup your company from your country.
Between a day for the individual businesses (Sole Trader) and two weeks for domestic companies (Ltd Type)
The fiscal calendar starts from 1 July of the civil year N to 30 June of the civil year N + 1
By the 30th September at latest
15% less the amount of tax already paid on profits, making it 0%
0% except for capital gains on stock exchange operations which are, considered as a taxable income
+ Turnover
– less direct costs
= result (profit) gross
– expenditures
= result (profit) net taxable.
Tax = 15% of taxable profit
Yes, For example :
OS Consultants Fees for individual businesses (Self-Employed)
+ Turnover
– Less direct costs
= Result (profit) gross
– Expenditures
= Result (profit) net taxable.
Tax calculation = 15% of taxable profit
– Tax credit
= Tax payable or loss carried forward the following year

Example :
+ Tax calculation : … €6000
– Tax Credit : ……. €5000
Tax payable : …….. €1000

No. You can be either the owner in case of an individual business or Director in the case of a domestic company.
Yes, in the case of a domestic company (in Mauritius and out of Maurice),
No, in the case of an individual business
The company is 100% transparent, which allows and facilitates trade with European countries (OECD – OCDE) and the Commonwealth (including the United Kingdom).
Yes, but the name of the shareholders remains public.
A shareholder possesses shares of the company is the only or one of the owners of the company.
A Director is appointed by vote from the Board of shareholders. The directors manage the company. They can decide whether to pay or not to pay dividends to shareholders.
No. you can do it from your country of residence.





– Oldest and largest bank in Mauritius
in terms of assets and agencies.

– User friendly online banking.

– Paid foreign currency accounts.

– Customer service not so good


– Second largest Mauritian bank and
State owned.

– User friendly online banking.

– Paid currency accounts.

– Customer service not so good


– Best Bank in Mauritius in terms of customer service

– Paid currency accounts at the rate of
$50 or equivalent per year.

– User friendly online banking.

Very strict procedures concerning the opening of accounts compared to other banks in Mauritius

Mau Bank

Bank taken by the state

– Paid currency accounts.

– Online banking not so efficient.

– Customer service not so good


Bank known worldwide

Minimum turnover required to open a bank account.


Bank known worldwide

Minimum turnover required to open a bank account.

Banque des Mascareignes

Open on Saturdays

– Paid currency accounts.

– Least efficient customer service.

– Online banking not efficient

Accounts maintenance fees,
Transfer fees,
Withdrawal fees,
Deposit fees.
Yes. Personal account, account with proxy, joint account.
Yes. This may, or may not increase the bank charges depending on the banks.
It is possible to use the funds as you wish except for illegal or terrorist activities.
However, only authorized expenditure will be taken into account. The rest will be considered as withdrawal or dividends according to the type of company.