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Financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic: what to know?

Financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic is important if you are planning to incorporate a company in the market or are already doing business there. It is part of general corporate legal responsibility and often falls within the provision of corporate secretarial services provided by third parties.

If you don’t adhere to financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic, you may face legal issues or penalties that could adversely affect your business, and diminish your company’s standing in the eyes of local authorities. This could affect your operations in other countries, so is not a small matter.

For anyone interested in doing business in the territory, this guide provides an overview of financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic. If you are interested in knowing more about how we can assist you doing business in the Caribbean’s largest economy, contact us today.

In order to simplify processes, Biz Latin Hub has designed the following Annual Legal calendar as a concise representation of the fundamental responsibilities that every company must attend to in Dominican Republic.
Financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic is part of the law

Why invest in the Dominican Republic?

Despite its small size, the Dominican Republic is the eighth-largest economy in the region by gross domestic product (GDP). It is also a popular destination for foreign investors looking to enter Latin America and the Caribbean. Between 2004 and 2022, the GDP of the Dominican Republic saw a four-fold increase, reaching USD$101.65 billion in 2022.

Taking purchasing power into account, the Dominican Republic’s per capita GDP positions it ahead of formidable regional counterparts such as Brazil and Mexico. The country’s economic landscape reflects a strategic approach to business, which has ensured Dominican companies are competitive in the Latin American market.

The Dominican Republic’s business environment benefits from more than 75 free-trade zones (FTZs), which offer significant tax incentives and host companies from a wide range of sectors. In recent years, the tech and call center industries have seen major investment. However, taking advantage of the opportunities on offer in the Dominican Republic requires adherence to the country’s financial regulations.

We recognize the challenges inherent in adapting to the new legislation, especially when it comes to complying with corporate obligations. In order to simplify this process, Biz Latin Hub has designed the following Annual Fiscal Compliance calendar.
Key dates for financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic

What responsibilities are there for financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic?

The details surrounding financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic depend on the type of company, but some aspects of corporate compliance are generally applicable.

  1. Company Tax Registration
    If you start a business or form a branch in the Dominican Republic, you must register with the local tax authority and obtain a tax ID number.
  2. Upkeep of Company Books
    All companies are obliged to maintain their company books as part of financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic. This is something that a provider of corporate secretarial services will do on your behalf.
  3. Provision of Registered Address
    Having a registered address is a minimum statutory requirement for all legal entities in the Dominican Republic. This address will be used for all official communication and correspondence.
  4. Holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Shareholders 
    In keeping with the General Law of Companies and Limited Liability Individual Enterprises, every company or corporation registered in the Commercial Registry of the Chamber of Commerce and Production must hold at least one AGM between shareholders and managing executives. This meeting must be held within 90 days of the end of the fiscal year, which runs from 1 January to 31 December, meaning an AGM must be held no later than 31 March the following year.
  5. Renewal of the Commercial Registry
    The Commercial Registry of the Chamber of Commerce and Production charges a bi-annual registry fee, due on the date of the original registry. The payment of this fee is mandatory and is required before you can file or registry any commercial act or document. It is therefore an important aspect of financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic.
  6. Filing of Annual Corporate Income Tax Return (IR-2 Form)
    The corporate income tax return (Form IR-2) must be filed and paid within 120 days of the end of the fiscal year, meaning that corporate income tax must be filed and paid by 30 April following the close of a given fiscal year.
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All companies must follow financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic

FAQs on financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic

Based on our extensive experience these are the common questions and doubts of our clients on regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic:

1. What are the common statutory appointments for a company in the Dominican Republic?

The following are the most common statutory appointments for Dominican legal entities:

– An appointed legal representative who will be personally liable, both legally and financially, for the good operation and standing of the company. This should be a local national or a foreigner with the right to live/work in the country.

2. Is a registered office address needed for a legal entity in the Dominican Republic?

Yes, a registered office address or fiscal address is required for all entities in the Dominican Republic for the receipt of legal correspondence and governmental visits.

3. What are some benefits of registering a subsidiary in the Dominican Republic?

Some benefits of registering a subsidiary in the Dominican Republic include the following:
A parent company can significantly reduce its tax liability
There are cases in which the parent company manages to increase the efficiency of its operations through one or more subsidiaries
Freedom to create its own corporate governance methods and adopt its own identity
Risk reduction

4. What is the deadline for companies to file their annual income tax return in the Dominican Republic?

Companies have 120 days after the closing date to file an annual income tax return by the deadline of April 29th in the Dominican Republic.

5. When must a General Shareholders Meeting be held in the Dominican Republic?

The Ordinary General Shareholders Meeting must be held within five months following the closure of the fiscal year and by the deadline of May 31st in the Dominican Republic.

Biz Latin Hub can help with financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic

At Biz Latin Hub, our locally-based team of bilingual corporate legal and accounting experts is able to assist you with financial regulatory compliance in the Dominican Republic, as part of our portfolio of back-office services.

We provide company formation, accounting & taxation, legal services, hiring & PEO, and visa processing, meaning that we can offer an individualized package of integrated back-office services in the Dominican Republic or any of the other 17 markets around Latin America and the Caribbean where we offer our services.

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The information provided here within should not be construed as formal guidance or advice. Please consult a professional for your specific situation. Information provided is for informative purposes only and may not capture all pertinent laws, standards, and best practices. The regulatory landscape is continually evolving; information mentioned may be outdated and/or could undergo changes. The interpretations presented are not official. Some sections are based on the interpretations or views of relevant authorities, but we cannot ensure that these perspectives will be supported in all professional settings.
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