Regulations On Accounting Records For Offshore Companies

Author:Ms Karla Pinilla
Profession:Morgan & Morgan

In order to comply with the international guidelines regarding corporate transparency, the government of Panama enacted Law 52 of October 27, 2016 in the Official Gazette, which establishes the obligation for Panamanian companies and other entities to maintain accounting records, financial records and supporting documentation of all transactions that took place during the last five (5) years, so that their financial status can be easily determined with reasonable accuracy.

The corresponding records and documentation should be sufficient to demonstrate and evidence the transactions executed by the company accurately.

To whom does this Law apply?

Law 52 was regulated by Executive Decree No. 258 of September 13, 2018 and is applicable to legal entities that do not carry out operations to be completed or that will not have effects within the Republic of Panama.

Legal Entities are any corporation, limited liability companies, any other legal entity for commercial purposes and private interest foundation, incorporated and in force in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Panama

Regulations established in the Law

Accounting records must be held by the Resident Agent; otherwise, the clients are obliged to provide to the Resident Agent the physical address where they are held and the name and contact information of the person in charge of keeping these documents in custody. Additionally, if there is a change of address for any reason, the client must inform the Resident Agent of the new address within the next fifteen (15) days.

If the information is not kept by the Resident Agent, it must be delivered to it within the next fifteen (15) days counted as...

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