About Sanctuary Trust

Sanctuary Trust Limited (‘Sanctuary’) is an Isle of Man Company licensed by the Isle of Man’s Financial Services Authority to provide both corporate and trust services in accordance with the Financial Services Act 2008. Located in Douglas, the business centre of the Isle of Man, Sanctuary has access to the Island’s first class legal and commercial infrastructure including Manx Advocates, English Solicitors and Barristers practicing in the Isle of Man, most large UK banks offering multicurrency bank accounts and the ‘Big Four’ accountancy practices.

Jurisdictional Overview

The Isle of Man has a special relationship with the European Union set out in Protocol 3 to the United Kingdom’s Act of Accession 1972, which formed part of the Treaty of Accession. Under this special relationship the island is neither a member state nor an associate member of the EU. It is also worth emphasising that the Isle of Man is an internally self-governing dependent territory of the crown and is not part of the UK.

Under Protocol 3, the Isle of Man is part of the customs territory of the Union. It follows that there is free movement of industrial and agricultural goods in the trade between the Island and the Union. Apart from the requirements of the Protocol, in particular that the Isle of Man Authorities shall apply the same treatment to all natural and legal persons of the union, the other union rules do not apply.
The Island’s relationship with the Union allows it to trade with counties in the Europe Economic Area in a fashion generally similar to trade in the Union itself.

Isle of Man Taxation

The standard rate of corporate tax in the Isle of Man is 0% and a 10% rate of tax applies to income received from banking business and land and property in the Isle of Man.
The Isle of Man in general adopts the UK’s VAT Regulations however registrations are administered locally by the Isle of Man’s VAT Office. While the Isle of Man is not a full member of the EU, it does however subscribe to the EU rules for VAT purposes and is therefore able to be utilised as a gateway into Europe for trading purposes.

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