Registering a company in Jamaica is a straightforward process that involves selecting a company type, choosing a name, preparing documentation, and registering with the COJ, TAJ, NIS, and NHT. By following this guide and utilizing the provided resources, you should be well on your way to successfully establishing your business in Jamaica.
The first step in registering a company in Jamaica is to choose the type of company you want to register. The most common types are:
Before registering your company, you'll need to choose a suitable name. The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) has guidelines for acceptable names, which can be found at this link: https://www.orcjamaica.com/NameSearch.aspx
Next, prepare the necessary documentation for your chosen company type. The key documents are:
These forms can be downloaded from the COJ's website: https://www.orcjamaica.com/Forms.aspx
You will need to identify at least one director and a company secretary. Directors must be at least 18 years old. Shareholders can be individuals or corporate entities.
Once your documents are ready, you can submit your application to the COJ, either online through the COJ's Electronic Business Registration Form (eBRF) system: https://www.orcjamaica.com/eBRF.aspx or in person at the COJ office. The fees for registering a company are as follows:
Registration Number (TRN) After your company is registered, you must obtain a Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) for your company from the Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ). This can be done online or in person at a local TAJ office. Visit the TAJ's website for more information: https://www.jamaicatax.gov.jm
Once you have a TRN, you must register for General Consumption Tax (GCT), if applicable, and PAYE (Pay As You Earn) for employee income tax. Additionally, you must register with the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and the National Housing Trust (NHT). Visit the TAJ and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security websites for more information:
The entire registration process, from preparing documents to receiving your Certificate of Incorporation, can take anywhere from 5 to 15 working days, depending on the chosen method of submission and the complexity of your application.