Resident Agent’s Functions and Requirements in Panama
Panamanian law requires all corporations to have a resident agent domiciled in the Republic of Panama. The resident agent is the lawyer or law firm that registries the article of incorporation when the entity is created. Its main function is to liaise between the Company and the Panamanian Government, as well as to remind them of the annual obligations that each corporation has.
On the other hand, he or she will also be accountable to the State for the actions performed by companies operating outside Panama or in which the directors and shareholders are abroad. Finally, the resident agent will be authorized to pay the Annual Franchise Tax, which is the annual tax on companies.
As for the limitations of its functions, the resident agent shall not assume obligations nor tax assets on behalf of the company, unless being expressly authorized to do so. Finally, resident agents will not be able to participate in the decision-making within the company as the only ones empowered to do so are the shareholders, attorneys-in-fact, or directors. According to the Panamanian legal framework, to be a resident agent must meet the following requirements:
- be a lawyer or a law firm
- be Panamanian and reside in Panama. Resident Agent's name and address shall appear in the article of incorporation
- keep enough information about the client in order to identify it to the competent authorities, only when so is required
- have the powers to attend to judicial and administrative notifications on behalf of the company.
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