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06April

11 Advantages of Incorporating Offshore

The Offshore Company Solution

11 Advantages of Incorporating Offshore
There are any number of reasons why a onshore company would be better doing business as a non-resident offshore entity. Having a flexible location is especially attractive with many global businesses and e-commerce brands that exist virtually and are not bound to any single jurisdiction.

Having the freedom to internationalize gives an individual more authority rather than being tied to the dictates of a single bank or state actor. Giving our power to a single outside agency may have possible security concerns especially if you live in apart of the world where there are corrupt systems, where blackmail is high, or the threat of malpractice is possible. Spreading your assets, company structures, payment processes, and bank accounts through different jurisdictions helps to minimize risk.

Black-lists, divorce procedures, malpractice lawsuits, legal battles, wrongful prosecution, and third party investigations etc... are all apart of todays world whether you live in a high risk security area or in a gated community.

Here are eleven advantages that offshore companies give.


Posted in tax haven articles

15March

10 Criteria for Choosing the Best Tax Havens

Things to consider when choosing a jurisdiciton

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Selecting a tax haven country is an integral part of establishing an offshore structure or financial account because not all jurisdictions are created equal. Especially in todays rapidly changing offshore environment, it is important to be up-to-date on the latest developments of the jurisdictions corporate and legal framework. While there are dozens of financial centres around the world each with their own pros and cons the jurisdiction that you choose should have at the very minimum, the following 10 characteristics to ensure a proper corporate landscape:

Posted in offshore company formations, tax haven articles

13March

Why it is more important than ever to go offshore

...and why you might think otherwise


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With banks failing, governments coercing and economies collapsing, establishing yourself offshore is more important than ever. Despite the attention grabbing headlines showing solemn face bankers being slapped with heavy fines by the IRS for tax evasion, the offshore industry couldn’t be doing better.

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21February

Offshore Tax Havens and International Financial Centres

The Rise of International Finance Centres

dual citizenship second passportThe stereotype associated with the words ‘offshore tax haven’ is depicted with many negative connotations, many of which are often exaggerated depictions and plagued with erroneous associations. Accompanying imagery brings up tropical Caribbean destinations in which greased whiten linen suit wearing mafioso types hand over briefcases full of unmarked currency to a local attorney who launders the money through an intricate series of offshore transfers.

The exaggerations, largely conjured up through Hollywood blockbusters, fills the head with such conceptualizations by exploiting the publics craving for tabloid-like headlines. As if often the case, the reality is a far cry from the romanticized picture captured by the camera.

Posted in offshore company formations, tax avoidance, international finance company, tax haven articles

15February

UK LLP vs Scotland LP

The differences between a Limited Liability Partnership and a Limited Partnership

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There are a multitude of offshore products and jurisdiction all offering a dizzying array of possibilities and locations with a wide range of products and characteristics. While many company formation vehicles often appear similar each have their own unique attributes that can support the proper growth and protection of a business depending upon its specific needs and circumstances.

Within Europe, the United Kingdom (UK), remains the most sought after jurisdiction due to its location, opportunity and reputation. The UK offers several company formation vehicles; the UK Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) and the Scottish Limited Partnership (SLP) are two such options that give clients a wide range of possibilities.

Posted in offshore company formations

08February

New Zealand Limited Partnership vs Scottish Limited Partnership

Not all Limited Partnerships (LPs) are created equal

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A Limited Partnership (LP) is a hybrid structure that enjoys many benefits due to its flexibility to be used in many forms and for virtually any purpose, that become popular over the last thirty years due to its tax transparency, separate legal personality, and its ability in taking on limited partners.

Out of the many jurisdictions that offer LP’s – the New Zealand Partnership (NZLP) and the Scottish Limited Partnership (SLP) are two such structures that deserve special attention.

Posted in offshore company formations

31January

A Brief on the History of the Offshore System

A Short Introduction

bank The Offshore financial sector can be seen to have first begun in 1815, Vienna, when Switzerland stated that it was to become a neutral state. The industry developed slowly over the next hundred years and was primarily used by the European elite, remaining a relatively small scale industry.

It wasn’t until after World War II as the British middle class sought a way to protect their assets from a successive series of oppressive British governments who imposed a punishing top income tax rate of 90% that the development of a more expansive unregulated financial industry was established.

British legislation was passed during the 1960’s that gave permission for the use of trusts; together with the creation of the Euromarket this effectively gave banks permission to carry out unregulated deals with foreign entities if they used foreign currency, which both helped to create a more liberalized financial system.

Posted in tax avoidance, tax haven articles

31December

The Potential of CryptoCurrency

Crypto-currency and the future of Offshore

crypto Digital currencies or what are referred to as cryptocurrencies are an alternative medium of financial exchange and has gained momentum in the last few years, promising to reshape the global economic infrastructure by revolutionizing the medium in which goods are exchanged. The possibility of cryptocurrency is enormous, and it is difficult to estimate the impact it could have as the industry is relatively still within its early stages of experimentation and development. That being said, there are a few areas to keep an eye on

  1. The Banking Industry - Bypassing the current stranglehold that centralized banks retain giving rise to Crypto Personal Investing empowering individual financial autonomy;

  2. Individual Fund Management and Exchange - Revolutionary blockchain technology and Peer-2-Peer transactions will reshape the mode of exchange giving fluidity and transparency like never before; and

  3. Fundraising and Venture Capital - The rise of Crypto Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) offers a new way to generate funds, build revenue, and offer investment incentives.

All of which will give individuals more autonomy, security and transparency in a highly decentralized and individualized transactional economy.

Posted in tax haven articles, offshore asset protection strategies articles

03October

Offshore Accounts and Asset Diversification

Be prepared with a secure Plan B

Diversify Diversity in financial investing is a well known rule of thumb, what isn’t commonly known is how offshore structures assist this process.

While most people recognize the downside of putting all your eggs in one basket, whether that is in any one commodity, checking account, or stock; what many are not aware of, is how proper asset diversification should includes different banking systems, currencies, and geographical locations.

Diversification not only provides peace-of-mind during periods of political or economic volatility, but protects oneself in the case against fraudulent claims, lessens ones exposure to risk, and provides maximum leverage in todays violative markets. Offshore greatly enables the individual, opening up a world of different markets across various platforms that offers a reliable Plan B.

Posted in offshore company formations, dual citizenship and second passports, offshore asset protection strategies articles

07September

A Step-by-Step Guide to Going Offshore

A Simple 3 Step Guide to the Offshore Company Formation Process

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The offshore industry is a sector filled with contradictory notions fueling the publics perception that is prone to exaggerate and scandalize. In todays world of disinformation it is difficult to discern fact from fiction. Establishing oneself offshore has never been more popular, as many people are seeking alternative resources to protect themselves in uncertain times.

The Offshore Company formation process is simple, straightforward and can be completed in a matter of days with just a few basic personal details. This article is to take you through the Offshore selection, registration, and formation process in order to break the commonly held idea that a company formation process is complicated and burdensome.

Posted in offshore foundations, offshore company formations, tax haven articles

11April

The Unequal Balance of Power in the Offshore Market

The Real Reason Western Countries are against the Offshore Market

global offshore market repoThe rise of global communication technology has virtually eliminated boundaries creating a hyper-globalized economy allowing financial flows access to markets in all corners of the world. This has enabled the spread of global transactions stimulating innovation and growth along many areas of the global economy. However, the current trend of globalization is now fast becoming authoritarian, moving away from a hands-off liberalized version, as it has become entirely self-serving, governed and manipulated by the economic elites, Multi National Corporations (MNC), and powerful state governments and institutions that have to a large degree forced their agendas and policies on the rest of the world.

Posted in offshore foundations, tax avoidance, offshore asset protection strategies articles

28January

Paradise Papers Prove Offshore is not Only for the Rich and Famous

Why the Offshore Industry Will Continue to Thrive

paradiseThere are many reasons why an individual would chose to go offshore; as an alternative to the traditional banking system, offshore structures give individuals a form of asset protection that is unrivaled within the standard financial industry allowing complete security for all variety of assets.

The release of the Paradise Papers shows how it is used not only among the fringes of society, but is being used by some of the biggest names and companies in the world. If these companies and individuals are going offshore for wealth protection and tax planning, there is a good chance that they are doing so for a reason. There is a widely held misconception that offshore protection is used only by the wealthy elite and is not for the average citizen; however like all stereotypes the offshore industry suffers from many perceived illusions.

Posted in offshore foundations, offshore company formations, tax haven articles, offshore asset protection strategies articles

03January

Why Going Offshore Matters More in the Wake of the Paradise Papers

Why Offshore Companies are for Everyone

paradiseIn the wake of the Paradise Paper leaks, there has been a public outcry in response to the revelation of documents connecting high profile figures and companies with offshore accounts in low-tax jurisdictions.

Though the Paradise Papers revealed no illegality, governments and the media have criticized those named in the documents accused of safeguarding wealth overseas to avoid paying higher tax rates.

Those named included the Queen of England, members of the US and Canadian Governments and Apple amongst others. Exploiting the public’s desire for sensationalism the media has continued to portray offshore banking and finance as a shadow world of illicit underground dealings failing to recognize that it provides a necessary service that enables and supports the globalized economic structure providing many services for industries across the spectrum.

Posted in offshore company formations, tax avoidance, tax haven articles

20October

Dual Citizenship Simplified

How to get second passports, citizenship by investment and other multiple-citizenship solutions that don't break the bank.

dual citizenship second passportTrying to figure out how to legally obtain a second citizenship and passport? 

If you’re lucky enough to have ancestors from places like Poland, Italy or Ireland, then obtaining a second passport is very straightforward—that is, assuming you can document your family ancestry.

However, for most people who aren’t part of this fortunate bloodline club, obtaining dual citizenship or a second passport requires one of three things...

Posted in dual citizenship and second passports

07June

Dubai Offshore vs. RAK Offshore

Untangling Offshore Financial Centres in the UAE

Dubai-downtown-night-scene-with-city-lights-shutterstock 84292729The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become an attractive option in which to conduct business, due to the Free Economic Zones that offer a number of advantages to individuals and companies seeking confidential and tax-free opportunities.

In the UAE, there are two offshore jurisdictions:

Ras Al Khaimah, commonly referred to as RAK Offshore, under the jurisdiction of Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (RAKIA)

Dubai Offshore, under the supervision of the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA)

Thirty-eight Free Zones are offered by the seven Emirates in the UAE, with twenty-two in Dubai alone. Each zone is managed by a Free Trade Zone Authority that caters to a diverse range of business sectors and activities.

Posted in offshore company formations, tax haven articles, offshore asset protection strategies articles

29May

Taking the Mystery out of Panama Foundations

Demystifying Panama Foundations

Demystifying Panama Foundations BLOG 55764706Provide yourself the legal structure to reduce your tax liabilities and protect your assets from needless claims and lawsuits.

A Panamanian Private Interest Foundation (PPIF), more commonly known as a Panama foundation, can protect your estate from legal disputes after your death to ensure that your estate will pass to your chosen beneficiaries without undue complications.

Posted in offshore foundations, panama tax haven articles, tax haven articles

22May

Foreign Exchange Trading Account with an Offshore Company

Offshore Forex Trading Account

Offshore Forex Trading Account euro billsThere are two major reasons experienced traders often use offshore companies to protect their share - or foreign exchange (Forex) - trading accounts.

They know it is not a good idea to be trading large sums of money in their own name. This strategy provides experienced traders with both tax advantages and enhanced privacy.

Posted in offshore asset protection strategies articles

15May

A Brief History of Tax Havens

Offshore Tax Haven History

Skyscrapers-in-Dubai-Marina-shutterstock 178168433The concept of tax havens has probably been around since countries decided to finance their governments by taxing their citizens.

Partly, countries might compete by keeping taxes low and thus attracting business from high tax countries. Sometimes a country will designate a region or city a low tax or tax free zone, either to stimulate its economy or to buy the loyalty of its citizens.

Ancient Rome was a master in using tax free areas, a sort of early enterprise zones. The first recorded instance took place in the 2nd Century BC when Rome decided to undercut the then independent Greek island state of Rhodes by establishing a tax free port on the island of Delos. Even though Rhodes only charged a 2 percent on trade, it quickly lost trade to the new tax free port and its era as a commercial power was effectively ended.

Posted in tax haven articles

15April

Living in Panama with the Panama Friendly Nations Visa

Retire in Panama | Panama Immigration | Panama Passport | Panama Residency

Panama Friendly Nations Visa BLOG Skyscrapers in Panama CityIf you’ve always wanted to retire in Panama or if you’re thinking of moving to panama, now is a great time to turn those thoughts into action. Panama is considered by many to be the easiest country to get permanent residency.

Panama immigration laws allow citizens of many countries deemed 'friendly', including the United States, Canada and most of the Eurozone countries, to apply for a Panama Visa and acquire permanent residency.

The law, known as Executive Directive 343 and established in 2012, gives qualified foreigners from these countries and their eligible dependents the fast track to permanent legal residency (and an immediate official identity card).

Posted in tax haven articles

20March

Tax Avoidance Strategies in the EU

shutterstock 125238224 Tax Avoidance Strategies EUAlthough the formation of the EU brought unity to its member nations in a number of ways, there remains substantial difference between the laws of those member nations. Tax avoidance strategies in the EU vary by country.

Some offshore tax haven countries have streamlined taxation laws that are fair to large investors, while others, such as Cyprus and Switzerland, have recently caved to foreign pressure and made their tax policies more stringent. Here, we'll take a look at some of the most popular nations among tax-savvy investors.

Posted in tax haven articles, offshore asset protection strategies articles

10February

Demystifying Anonymous Offshore Bank Accounts

bank The modern world is seeing a rapid shift in the meaning of privacy. As technology advances and world superpowers extend their surveillance systems across the globe, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain true anonymity. Offshore bank accounts are not exempt from this trend.

Recent decades have seen developments such as relaxed privacy policies in Switzerland and increasingly broad surveillance by the U.S. However, knowing some more about the limitations of privacy in offshore banking can help you make sure you keep your assets protected.

Posted in offshore asset protection strategies articles

03February

Tax Avoidance vs. Tax Evasion

Using Legal Means to Reduce Taxes

tax-avoidance If you own a business, you generally have the right to organize it in a way that ensures you pay no more taxes than necessary. This strategy, known as tax avoidance, involves using legal means to reduce taxes.

It is not the same thing as tax evasion, which is the practice of violating your country's laws and paying less than the minimum amount of taxes. Rather, tax avoidance is the practice of setting up your business in a way that ensures it will be taxed fairly by your country's government.

Posted in offshore foundations, tax avoidance, offshore asset protection strategies articles

22November

Opening an Offshore Merchant Account

The Benefits of Offshore Credit Card Processing

add-to-cartThe advent of technology over the last few decades has brought about the meteoric rise of e-commerce and online business models. Online credit card transactions have become the norm as the new way of doing business.

Many businesses hosting their trade solely on virtual platform can be exposed to various risks and regulations. Also, if the business is doing business with customers from all over the world, the option exists to legally position the business in a jurisdiction which treats such businesses most favourably.

Posted in offshore merchant account articles

12November

Panama – Still One of the Best Places to Retire

Protect Your Financial Freedom in Panama

Bay-of-PanamaRecent changes on the world scene, from political to economic, have altered how we view virtually everything, from what to invest in to where we choose to live. Most of these changes, admittedly, have been negative. However, there is one place that has come out of the recent flux and uncertainty even better than before. We’re talking, of course, about the tried and true haven for the global individual, and still one of the best places to retire – Panama.

Panama has certainly always been present among the thoughts of many retirees, primarily for their low cost of living. Recent changes among the rest of the world, as well as some exciting developments in Panama itself have conspired to make it the ideal destination for any who value their financial freedom.

Posted in tax haven articles

05November

Offshore Companies and Asset Protection

Help Weather the Impending Financial Storm

stock-tickerYour economic future is at great peril. In order to better protect yourself and increase the chances of a positive financial outcome for you and your family, you must act decisively and you must act now.

Granted, that's a sobering statement for many. Some may even trivialize this point of view. However, it does accurately reflect the logical conclusion of the facts playing out in our countries and the international scene today.

Posted in offshore asset protection strategies articles