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The 10 easiest countries for doing business

Ever year, TMF Group, an international professional services firm, publishes its Global Benchmark Complexity Index Report, ranking countries based on how complex they are for doing business from a regulatory and compliance perspective.

The research takes into consideration local legal systems, economic and political events, and cybersecurity risks.

As a general trend, countries with a common-law framework (such as the United Kingdom and many former British colonies) are considered less complex to operate in than countries with a civil-law framework, such as many in Europe and Latin America.

10. New Zealand

Setting up a business in New Zealand normally requires less than one day, when the average in the OECD is more than nine working days.

Source: World Bank

9. Barbados

Known mostly for its stunning beaches and crystal waters, Barbados is restyling itself as an international foreign-exchange centre.

Among the perks: high political stability and the same time zone as the US east coast.

Source: US Government

8. United Kingdom

The UK enjoys a unique position for being part of the European Union but out of the eurozone at the same time.

London is by far the leading market for currency traders, and it attracts foreign firms like no other city on earth.

Source: Business Insider

7. Guernsey

The small island in the English Channel is technically a “Crown possession,” and it is not part of the United Kingdom.

It has long established as a safe port for international companies, with no taxes on wealth, sales, and capital gains.

Source: PKF

6. Australia

As many other former British colonies, Australia enjoys a common-law framework.

Moreover, in the past 10 years Australia has more than halved tariff rates on imports and cut down the corporate tax to one of the lowest rate in the OECD.

Source: PwC

5. Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is part of the US but with the tax structure of a foreign country.

For example: It is regulated by US law (with all the perks of legal and property protection), but selected activities receive a preferential tax rate of zero to 1%.

Source: Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce

4. Bonaire

Another Caribbean paradise on the list, Bonaire is an overseas territory of the Netherlands.

In 2001 it revised its tax regime to part with the image of being a tax haven, but many companies still enjoy offshore tax rates as part of preferred agreements.

Source: PwC

3. Ireland

Ireland is a favourite for foreign investors in Europe, thanks to its generally low tax rates.

Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and PayPal all have their European headquarters in Dublin, where they enjoy a total tax rate on profit of 25%. The average in the OECD is 41%.

Source: World Bank

2. Hong Kong

As many other places on this list, Hong Kong enjoys a unique status by being part of China but having its own regulation and tax policies.

For example, it is ranked the best country in the world for applying to a construction permit.

Source: World Bank

1. Jersey

Jersey, the largest of the British Channel Islands and another possession of the Crown, is the ultimate tax haven.

Zero VAT and potentially zero percent of corporate tax lured international companies to Jersey, to the point in which four-fifths of the local economy comes from the offshore finance sector.

Source: Startup Overseas

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