Umbrella Company in British Virgin Islands

Independent contracting in the British Virgin Islands isn’t always straightforward. You’ve got immigration issues, tax difficulties, and mountains of complex admin work. Even worse, missteps can cost you serious money, or even land you in legal trouble.

Before you consider taking a contract in the British Virgin Islands, you should be aware of what you’re getting into – and how you can make it simpler.

Difficulties of Contracting in British Virgin Islands

Generally, you need to have an employer sponsor in order to secure the appropriate work permit and work visa for the British Virgin Islands.

If you’re working independently, it can be difficult to find clients willing to sponsor you. Moreover, even if your client can do this, you’ll need a new sponsor each time you decide to take on a new contract. Of course, every new sponsor will mean more paperwork.

Also, are you familiar with the intricacies of the tax system in the British Virgin Islands, as well as your own country’s laws on overseas earnings? If so, good on you!

However, if you’re like the rest of us, figuring out (much less reducing) your tax liability in the British Virgin Islands and your home country can seem like full-time work in itself.

How Umbrella Companies Work

Most freelance workers aren’t superheroes who successfully tackle these issues all on their own. There are companies who specialise in helping workers make the most out of their contracts.

They’re called Umbrella Companies (or, contractor management companies).

Basically, an Umbrella Company acts as your full-time employer, even though you maintain your independence as a contractor. They collect and filter payments from your clients, filtering out the necessary social security and fees. You send them your timesheets, and they send you payments.

Because they act as your “employer,’ they can sponsor you and provide a single work permit for multiple contracts in the British Virgin Islands. Even better, most are experts in British Virgin Islander and expat tax law, meaning they’ll also help you optimise your earnings in the British Virgin Islands.

Although the Umbrella Company is technically your “employer,” you’re essentially freeing yourself to work even more independently. You still dictate your contracts, your hours, your schedule. The Umbrella Company simply filters out the time-consuming admin and immigration issues, allowing you to focus on your new contract.

Why Use an Umbrella Company in British Virgin Islands

Most people want to do their work, earn their money and enjoy their spare time without taking on loads of admin in a new country. That is why an umbrella company can help.

When you’re working through an Umbrella Company, you’ll essentially be outsourcing the admin and tax issues to specialists.

While the umbrella company will charge a fee, you’ll likely end up saving more money in the long run: you’ll be able to focus on your work, expertly reduce your tax liability, and comply with all laws and regulations in the British Virgin Islands (which means avoiding fees, fines, or even worse penalties).

How We Can Help You

There’s a huge variety of Umbrella Companies with different specialities and advantages in the British Virgin Islands. How do you find the right one for your circumstances?

We work closely with Umbrella Companies all throughout the British Virgin Islands and match contractors with the right company for them. If you’ve already secured a contract in the British Virgin Islands, we can help you find your best match (for free). Or, we can simply give you feedback on your situation (for free).

A Contractor's Guide to Taxes in British Virgin Islands

One of the most consistently challenging aspects of contracting in the British Virgin Islands is complying with the country’s tax system. As well as paying tax in the British Virgin Islands, you might also still be eligible to pay some tax in your home country, and understanding the legislation behind this can be a challenge.

How do I calculate my taxable income in British Virgin Islands

If you’re working in the British Virgin Islands under a permanent contract, many employers will handle your tax under the PAYE (pay-as-you-earn) system. This means that they calculate and process your taxes in the British Virgin Islands for you and then send you a net wage. Your income tax, public health insurance, social security and other deductions will all be covered by this payment. This is the easiest way to handle your income tax in the British Virgin Islands, but contractors may not be offered this service because of their short stay with each employer.

Anybody who can’t pay their tax in the British Virgin Islands through PAYE is left with the prospect doing everything themselves.

Do you know much about British Virgin Islander Tax Law? Do the British Virgin Islands have a tax treaty with your home country? You will need to find out or find someone who can help!


How to File Taxes in British Virgin Islands

Individuals receiving employment income in the British Virgin Islands are not required to file taxes.

Tax Figures in British Virgin Islands

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Tax-free Threshold in British Virgin IslandsNone

Tax Residency in British Virgin Islands

When do you become a tax resident in British Virgin Islands

You become a tax resident in the British Virgin Islands when you are domiciled there.

Does the 183 day rule apply in British Virgin Islands

No

Am I taxed on my global income in British Virgin Islands

You are not taxed on your global income in the British Virgin Islands.

Tax Calculator in British Virgin Islands

If you are a contractor and want a calculation on your tax and net retention in the British Virgin Islands, we can supply it to you free of charge.

Using an Umbrella Company for Income Tax in British Virgin Islands

Contractors in the British Virgin Islands are faced with masses of paperwork and numerous wasted hours filing a tax return unless they find an alternative option. A British Virgin Islander umbrella company can act as your employer during your stay in the country whilst still allowing you the freedom of a contractor. The only difference is that you submit your timesheets to them; they’ll calculate and pay your taxes as you earn, and then you receive a net wage (as well as documentation for your records).

The companies are experts in British Virgin Islander taxation, and they’ll ensure that you keep the largest proportion of your earnings whilst complying with local laws. They can deal with any issues with the British Virgin Islands tax office or tax department directly including processing your tax refund if you are eligible.

How We Can Help You with Tax in British Virgin Islands

We work with numerous umbrella companies in the British Virgin Islands, many of whom are experts in tax and immigration laws. If you have any questions about tax in the British Virgin Islands, we’ll get the answers from them directly so you can rest assured you’ll be getting accurate information. We have comprehensive knowledge of the different services they provide, and can help you find the right company to handle your income tax. We help oil and gas workers, software developers, IT project managers, testers, business analysts and telecommunications contractors get tax efficient payments and sponsorship for their British Virgin Islander work permit.

Our advice is 100 percent free, and comes with no obligations. You will be paying taxes in the British Virgin Islands but without the overhead of directly dealing with the British Virgin Islander tax authorities. Get in touch with us today for some reliable advice on tax in the British Virgin Islands!

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits in British Virgin Islands

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in the British Virgin Islands. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their British Virgin Islander work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The British Virgin Islander work permit is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in the British Virgin Islands is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.

 

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in British Virgin Islands ?

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your British Virgin Islander work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in the British Virgin Islands infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the British Virgin Islander immigration authorities. They can even deal with the British Virgin Islander Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in the British Virgin Islands. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in the British Virgin Islands.

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