Six Obligations of Cyprus Companies you must know!

Last updated on April 22nd, 2024 at 10:37 am

For any owner of a Cypriot company, there are six must-know requirements that cannot be overlooked.

Read this article to get your ducks in a row and ensure compliance for the fiscal year.

1. Annual returnsAll Cyprus companies are required to hold a yearly General Meeting and file an annual return with the Registrar of Companies. A return outlines changes that took place with the shareholders, director or secretary of a company. Following the meeting, companies are given 42-days to complete and file a return. However, new companies don’t need to file in the year of inception, provided that no more than 18 months elapse from incorporation to the first filing date.

2. VAT reports – A Cyprus company that is involved in trading or activities must register with the VAT department. This does not apply for holdign companies. A VAT registered company must file quarterly – even if no transactions occurred during the quarter. Keep in mind that  quarterly filings do not follow the calendar year, but rather the periods set by tax authorities.

3. Audited accounts – Companies are required to complete financial statements compliant with International Financial Reporting Standards, and certain companies must appoint an approved local auditor to inspect the financial statements. Statements are due to the Registrar of Companies, along with a company’s annual report, by Dec. 31 following the fiscal year being audited. However, small companies are exempt from audited accounts as long as during the financial year they do not exceed two of the following:

  • Gross assets of €3,400,000
  • Net turnover of €7,000,000
  • 50 employees

4. Tax returns – Companies receiving income from within and outside of Cyprus must maintain books and records to prepare annual financial records, while companies meeting certain exemption criteria can file a return based on audited financial statements. Annual tax returns are filed by Dec. 31 of the following tax year, and temporary tax returns are due by Aug. 1 of the tax year, payable in three equal installments.  Payments are made during the next tax year on Aug. 1, Sept. 30 and Dec. 31.  Remaining balances are paid by Aug. 1 of the following tax year. Exempt companies, as well as those that file via an accountant, might be obligated to submit their tax return electronically. In such a case, the deadline is extended by three months.

5. Annual levy.  This obligation is no longer appliable for companies registered after June 2023.  It applies for companies registered up to June 2023. Those, are obliged to pay a yearly annual fee to the government; this is called the Annual Levy. The Annual Levy is €350 for every company and is payable from the year of the company’s inception. 

6. Register to the Beneficial Owners Registry.

As from March 2021 all Cypriot companies are obliged to register the details of their beneficial owners in an electronic register set up by the Registrar of Cyprus (“the Register”). For more on this matter read here: