One of Europe's smallest countries, Luxembourg ranks 2nd in the world in GDP per capita behind Qatar (2007 est.) with a GDP per capita of $65,900 (2005 est) 

Luxembourg provides a unique low-tax environment for international investors. The country is widely used in corporate structuring for cross border transactions, but due to its place in Europe’s political environment it is constantly adapting its tax legislation to avoid adverse conflict with the tax authorities of other EU countries. With this in mind, it is vital you obtain the correct tax advice after your company is registered. Mumtaz & Associates will navigate you through the choppy waters of Luxembourg’s complex tax regulations, and register a company in Luxembourg for you in the quickest possible timeframe. Please contact us for further details today.

Is Luxembourg a low-tax jurisdiction everyone?

No. In many ways it is a high-tax country – corporate income tax is 31%, individual tax rates are higher and there’s a wealth tax on top. On the face of it, the corporate structure in Luxembourg is similar to that of most other EU states, with most companies adopting the usual joint stock or limited liability formats. However within this standard structure is a strictly-defined class of holding company. Qualify for this – and corporate income tax can sink to below 1%. For expert advice, we can put you in touch with one of our local specialists in tax planning.

What does the standard corporate structure look like?

These are the main forms of standard-tax business entity:

  • joint stock company (SA), minimum share capital €31,000; requirements include at least three directors, a registered office in Luxembourg, and audited accounts if the company exceeds a certain size.
  • limited liability company (SARL), minimum share capital €12,400, no more than 40 shareholders; requirements include at least three directors, a registered office in Luxembourg, and audited accounts subject to size.
  • general partnership, limited partnership, and branch of foreign company.

How can I set up a low-tax company in Luxembourg?

There is one main kind of low-tax business entity – the Soparfi. In fact, it would be more accurate to define a Soparfi as tax-efficient rather than low-tax. This type of company is not a legal entity in its own right. Rather, it employs one of the above forms, such as an SA or a SARL, as their legal base. The rules governing low-tax holding companies are strict and it is essential that you comply with them at all times, otherwise your company will lose its low-tax status. We have specialist advisors who can help you with this, so please contact us.

What are the features of a Private Wealth Management Company (SPF) ?

  • New fiscal regime designed for Private Investors and Individuals.
  • Annual subscription charge - 0.25%.
  • Exemption on shares/WHT for non-resident persons.
  • Exempt from corporate tax, municipal income tax, net worth tax.

What are the features of a SOPARFI company?

  • subject to normal corporate income tax.
  • eligible to benefit from double-taxation treaties.
  • some beneficial tax treatment of profits and dividends.

How easy is it to recruit staff in Luxembourg?


The unemployment rate in Luxembourg is low but businesses have little trouble recruiting staff as the labor pool is bolstered by workers commuting into Luxembourg from neighboring countries. The workforce is well educated and is particularly attuned to the financial services sector. Contact us for help and advice on recruitment.

What is the regulatory environment like?

Luxembourg is regarded as slightly more bureaucratic than some other EU states. It complies with EU directives on labour, health and safety etc, and indeed on most taxation issues, apart from the particular circumstances of low-tax holding companies. Domestic and foreign investors alike have the right to establish business entities in Luxembourg.

Are there any financial incentives available?

In addition to being a tax haven, which is a considerable incentive by itself, Luxembourg has a number of schemes designed to promote investment. It has established a framework for investment incentives to counter the country’s historic reliance on the steel sector, and grants are available to encourage investment in other manufacturing and high-tech industries. The government also provides equity funding for certain kinds of investment, particularly in development areas.

What about banking facilities in Luxembourg?

Banking is the largest sector in the Luxembourg economy. The country has specialised in the cross-border fund administration business. As Luxembourg's domestic market is relatively small, the country's financial centre is predominantly international. You will need to open a bank account in Luxembourg and can advise you on this, as well as the incorporation of your company in Luxembourg.

How can I get more information?

Our company formation service makes it easy for you to open a company in Luxembourg, so please contact us at Mumtaz & Associates and we will be happy to help you.

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