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15May

A History of Tax Havens

Offshore Tax Haven History

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

Many countries 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% on trade, it quickly lost trade to the new tax-free port and its era as a commercial power was effectively ended.

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16October

Offshore Financial Centres vs. The World: OFC Benefits & How They Work?

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.

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31December

The Potential and Future of Offshore CryptoCurrency

Cryptocurrency 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.

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13March

Benefits of Foreign Owned Non-resident Companies and How Tax Havens Work

...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.

The very reason why the IRS, FATCA and the US government regulators are becoming increasingly tight on foreign banks, offshore accounts and international transactions, is because the offshore industry is growing at such an alarmingly rate due to the current international political and economic uncertainties, that they felt compelled to intervene in hopes that some of the deferred tax revenue might cover their increasingly large deficit.

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03January

Why Offshore Companies Are Even More Important Since 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.

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07June

Dubai Offshore vs. RAK Offshore

Untangling Offshore Financial Centres in the UAE

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The 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.

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