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Easily accessible, the Principality of Monaco offers an exceptional life-style at the heart of Europe and the Mediterranean bassin.
Among the many aspects, which make Monaco a strategic location for doing business in Europe, are its unique political and economic environment, the presence of efficient administrative infrastructures, the density of financial activities and the security for residents and their property.

The main principal of Monaco's fiscal system is the total absence of direct taxation. There are two exceptions to this principal :
  Companies earning more than 25% of their turnover outside of the Principality and companies whose activities consist of earning revenus from patents and literary or artistic property rights, are subject to a tax of 33.33 % on profits.
  French nationals who are unable to prove that they resided in the Principality for 5 years before October 31, 1962.
Apart from with France, the Principality has signed no other bilateral fiscal agreements.

Persons residing in Monaco (except French nationals) do not pay tax on income, on betterment or on capital. For French nationals, two distinct categories exist :

  • French nationals who can prove that they resided in Monaco at least 5 years before October 31, 1962 are subject to the same system as other nationalities.
  • Other French residents are subject to French income tax collected by the French administration.

Assets located in Monaco are subject to the following inheritance tax rates :

  • in direct line of descendance : 0%
  • between brothers and sisters : 8%
  • between uncles and nephews : 10%
  • between relatives : 13%
  • between non-relatives : 16%

There is no direct tax on companies apart from the tax on profits mentioned in the previous cases.
Special exemptions for new companies and research

  • In order to encourage the creation of companies and to develop the scientific and technical research sector, the Royal government offers certain fiscal advantages. In fact, these firms are eligible for tax breaks.
  • All firms created in the Principality and subject to the company tax on profits are exempted from tax for the first two years and partly exempted for the third year.

In terms of arbitration, these are crucial questions which can make the difference
for an investor who is choosing between several possible location sites.
Follow the guide for a better understanding of the legal and financial aspects which make the Principality not only an attractive vacation spot, but also a recognized investment capital.

Moreover, the Principality of Monaco is an ideal living environment for highly qualified professionals, offering a pleasant and prestigious life-style , total security for themselves and their property, a socially and culturally diverse atmosphere, numerous education possibilities, for their children and technologically advanced health facilities.
In short, a life-style that is difficult to turn down, even for the most exacting individuals.


With 37 banks, and more than 42 portfolio and mutual fund management companies, the banking sector constitutes a large part of Monaco's financial activity.
The Monegasque government actively combats money-laundering and numbered bank accounts are illegal. However, bank confidentiality is one of the main principals of Monegasque banking.
Monegasque banking establishments are not only capable of managing international assets, but also offer comprehensive services to companies in the Principality (including helping companies to obtain financial ressources from a special government fund).
The lifestyle, security, political stability and the fiscal advantages have made Monaco an attractive location for exacting investors.