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Canada, British Columbia
LP – Limited Partnership
Procedures to incorporate
British Columbia (BC) is fast becoming a new tech hub in North America. Much like Toronto in Ontario, the capital of BC, Vancouver has a strong talent pool for developers, programmers, and software and creative engineers.
Vancouver, being situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, is a stunning city for your new business. Here you will have access to loyal, talented workers who do not demand as high a salary as other big cities like Toronto. The Government of British Columbia also offers you more grants to help you develop your business.
Differences between Limited Partnership and General Partnership
In some provinces, limited partnerships are available only to some professionals such as lawyers, consultants or doctors.
Limited partnerships are relatively simple to be registered. A limited partnership is ruled by a partnership agreement, essential to clarify management accountability, ownership and profit distribution.
Setting up a Limited partnership (LP)
in British Columbia
While in Canada, the registration of an incorporation (or limited company as named in other jurisdictions) requires, depending on the Canadian Province it is being incorporated, the appointment and existence of a local resident director, such legal requirement is not imposed on the registration of a Limited Partnership, wherever the province it is being registered, while partners can be resident overseas.
Main advantages of a British Columbia LP
An advantage for limited partners is that their personal liability for business debts is limited. A limited partner can only be held personally responsible up to the amount he or she invested. Limited partners enjoy a protected investment, knowing they cannot lose more money than they’ve contributed. Moreover, a Limited Partnership in Canada has no restrictions on residency, no minimum authorized capital, and no corporate income tax.
Main purpose of a Limited Partnership in Canada
Limited partnerships are generally used by hedge funds and investment partnerships as they offer the ability to raise capital without giving up control. Limited partners invest in an LP and have little to no control over the management of the entity, but their liability is limited to their personal investment.
Key Corporate Features
The LP is run by the single general partner with majority on ownership. A limited partnership has relatively few operational formalities, low administration costs and clear rules for raising capital. However, important decisions are made by the general partner, while limited partners are simply kept notified and informed.
Income, expenses and cash flow management are all tracked internally with additional outside support for other accounting functions. Public reporting is not required. However, general financial information is needed to run the LP business and satisfy the needs of bankers, limited partners and others.
Separate tax returns for the partnership are not required to be filed. Each partner is personally tax on his/her own profit, based on his/her ownership share on the LP. Taxable income is subject to the personal tax rates of the individual in case he/she is resident in Canada. Since an LP is not considered a separate legal entity subject to taxation, all profits realized by the LP flow through the LP to its partners, who subsequently pay tax as required by the legislation of their country of residence. As such, LPs are not required to file tax returns or pay any income tax in Canada.
The general partner is liable for the full assets and liabilities of the partnership. Limited exposure for the limited partners is an advantage. Only the personal assets of the general partner can be seized in case of any eventual legal claim.
Packages and Prices
Canada, British Columbia
The cheapest option – accountancy support, free business consultant and much more.
A special package that includes a Business Company plus fully functioning bank.
Includes all services of Business Package plus full Nominee Services, Director and Shareholder.
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