So, Chris, you're saying that if one does all one's work on-line with companies and individuals outside Belize and if one's income is all outside Belize and if one gets all revenues deposited in banks outside Belize and if one pays taxes in another jurisdiction, that person still requires a Belize work permit?????
Under the Laws of Belize, the person you describe needs proper immigration status if he is not a tourist. For the most part, a "work permit" is required. You are here, transacting business here, on Belizean soil.
Certain structures have been set in place to accommodate the various facets of international trade including the International Companies Act and the creation of the Export Processing Zone and Commercial Free Zones. These structures can be created with the host of international services companies here in Belize.
Imagine hundreds to thousands of folks working from locations within Belize, breaking the law of their host country, not going through the procedures (by getting their paperwork together) and evading the very small income tax of 1.75% on sales. Wow? We should be so honored to have them.
You would figure the $US750 for a self employed permit, $US250 for a Trade License and the 1.75% on sales would be worth AT LEAST, the garbage removal, the street sweeping, having a Police Station and Fire Department a phone call away - most of the time, wouldn't you? For these techies it should be a breeze.