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Features and advantages of offshore companies

in TierehelfenTäter 14.12.2022 07:30
von ConfidusSolutions • 7 Beiträge

Reducing the volume of taxes collected and ensuring confidentiality are not the only benefits of incorporating an offshore company in a tax haven. Although tax planning is one of the greatest benefits of offshore corporations, the opportunity to significantly reduce business expenses and maintenance costs is also a very attractive benefit.

Below are the six main benefits of incorporating an offshore company in one of the tax havens listed here:

Tax reduction
Incorporating a company in a tax haven provides a legal means of reducing the corporate taxes levied and this is usually one of the main reasons for moving your company offshore. Non-resident companies can enjoy a low tax regime depending on the country of incorporation. Remember that international tax regulations can be extremely complex these days and it is essential to consult an experienced tax specialist. It is crucial to ensure that there are no conflicts with corporate tax obligations in the jurisdiction in which the company actually operates.

Privacy
In some tax havens, non-resident corporations are not required to release financial records or private information about directors and shareholders. Most offshore jurisdictions do not disclose this information to any third party, including other countries, unless the individual is suspected of involvement in criminal activity.

Easy maintenance
There are usually no strict governance requirements or obligations, allowing the directors and officers to make decisions remotely using power of attorney or nominee services. Staffing and space needs can be met with the elegant and cost-effective solution of virtual office services.

Asset protection
Many offshore jurisdictions can be used as valuable corporate assets protection tools. Typically, offshore entities are used to hold intellectual property rights or real estate investments.

Lower expenses
Compared to onshore and offshore jurisdictions, offshores typically offer a quicker and less complicated incorporation process for companies. Annual maintenance is usually easier and cheaper, making company registration and maintenance much more affordable.

Lower minimum capital requirements
Incorporating an offshore company usually requires a very small amount of share capital and certain tax havens have no capital requirements at all, allowing you to minimize incorporation costs.

Offshore Valuation Advice
Confidus Solutions has trusted partnership agreements with long-established and experienced international tax advisors and company registration agents worldwide, giving us the ability to incorporate offshore companies in a number of tax haven jurisdictions. To learn more and get a unique solution, contact our team today.

Prime Jurisdictions
There are numerous tax havens around the world. Each offers different tools for tax planning and achieving an optimal corporate structure. Depending on your desired goals, we can recommend the best jurisdiction for your business as each of the tax haven jurisdictions has its own unique advantages. Here are the top five jurisdictions that we generally recommend to our clients, but we can offer other jurisdictions if required. Please contact us for more information.

Luxembourg
Luxembourg is a small Central European country bordering Belgium, France and Germany. It is known for its business-friendly environment and corporate tax regulations, which together allow foreign companies to reduce the amount of tax they have to pay by incorporating within its borders. Approximately 33% of the US Fortune Top 500 companies have subsidiaries in Luxembourg, which offers many options for foreign investment. One of the best-known legal forms in Luxembourg is the investment fund. Around 3,500 investment funds have been set up in Luxembourg over the past 50 years.

The Cayman Islands
The tax haven of the Cayman Islands currently offers a very attractive tax system. According to Crystal Stranger, president of corporate tax firm 1st Tax, the Cayman Islands now "probably" offer the largest [tax] loophole for individuals as well as multinational corporations." The tax planning advantages offered by the Caymans are obviously worth their price, as many famous businesses from around the world have assets in this tax haven.

The Isle of Man
The Isle of Man is a British Crown-dependent, self-governing jurisdiction, lying in the Irish sea between Northern Ireland and England. Certain companies are subject to corporate income tax at the rate of 0%; however, banking businesses and land and property income are subject to a 10% tax rate. The Isle of Man can be the perfect location for establishing a limited liability company within the framework of a larger corporate structure for tax planning purposes. The Isle of Man is not part of the EU, but EU citizens are permitted to travel without a visa and to reside on the island. However, for employment purposes a work permit is required. The Isle of Man’s legislation also provides great benefits for pensions.

Belize
Belize is a small country on the eastern coast of Central America, to the south of Mexico, formerly known as British Honduras. This jurisdiction has a lot to offer international investors as well as corporate giants, with its favourable tax regime and banking legislation. Under the provisions of the International Business Company (IBC) Act of 1990, companies registered in Belize are fully exempt from all types of taxes and stamp duties on income from any source. An international business company (IBC) incorporated under the laws of Belize is a perfect solution to secure your confidentiality, as nominee services are allowed, but no information on directors and shareholders is entered into the public register.

Panama
Panama is a country in Central America, well known as a tax haven. Panama is a vital transport hub, as it has the Panama Canal, which serves as a connection for numerous trade networks between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This jurisdiction is commonly used as a base for opening and operating personal and corporate bank accounts, as local legislation provides an investor-friendly environment. All information regarding bank account beneficiaries is kept confidential. Companies incorporated within the jurisdiction of Panama may be used as a means to achieve your required corporate structure.

Other jurisdictions
Other famous tax havens and offshore jurisdictions include St. Kitts and Nevis, the British Virgin Islands, the Seychelles, Hong Kong, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Panama, the Bahamas and Gibraltar.


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