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Q U I C K A N S W E R S
What is an offshore company?
An offshore company, or an offshore corporation, is a term that
usually refers to a company incorporated under special legislation in
one of the world's offshore financial centres (commonly known as offshore
tax havens). Offshore corporate legislation typically targets non-residents
and permits them to form, own and operate companies that have broad powers,
are easy to administer and, above all, are subject to minimal or even zero
Confidentiality of ownership is also an important factor to many of those
who decide to form an offshore company; in many offshore havens it is still
possible to structure ownership of a company in such a way that the identity
of beneficial owner is protected.
An offshore company can usually be owned and operated by persons of any
nationality, and a visit to to the desired offshore centre is not necessary
in order to incorporate one.
Why should I incorporate offshore?
An offshore company can be put to a
variety of uses. If you are an entrepreneur, you might want to
incorporate offshore in order to:
- minimise your tax bills,
- simplify the administration of your business,
- expand your operations, or
- set up an e-commerce operation.
But going offshore isn't just for businesses. Many private individuals also
incorporate offshore, even if they have no intention to involve their
offshore company in any active trading. Incorporate offshore, or at least
give it some thought, if any of the following is on your mind:
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Is going offshore for everyone? Maybe not. But an offshore company can be your gateway to asset protection, privacy, tax-free trading and more.
While similar in its legal structure and operation, a typical offshore company has unique features that set it apart from its onshore relatives.
What does it take to bring an offshore company to life? Let's look at the steps of incorporation. Plus a shortcut for those in a hurry: offshore shelf companies.
Puzzled by the contents of your corporate package? You are not alone. We explain what's what, what to keep, and what you can throw in the trash.
Outsiders moving in on your patch? Learn from a gang of taxmen who used mob tactics to deal with their competition.
Harmful tax competition? Harmful to whom? Learn about the real agenda behind OECD's blacklists of offshore tax havens.
Confidentiality is the basis of any asset protection strategy - not all offshore havens will do. But where you incorporate is no less important than how you do it.
Trading through an offshore company can cut your tax bill. But will you have anybody to trade with?
Need a bank account for your new offshore company? Come prepared if you want your chosen bank to accept your money.
Get the right paperwork ready, then open your offshore company bank account with ease. Here are the rules that open doors - and accounts - in most offshore banks.
Paris-based FATF claims their surveillance regime targets money launderers. It does not. The real target is you.
Offshore bankers nowadays spend more time checking you out than serving your needs. Going offshore is not as simple as going abroad -- you'll need more than a passport.
Wondering how to get your assets offshore without leaving directions for others to follow? Those with privacy on their minds always plan a stopover or two on their way to offshore freedom.
Increasingly, great numbers of wholly legal financial transactions get reported by an overly-diligent banking community. Learn how to avoid getting trapped in the web of suspicion.
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*) NOTE: The list of the "most
popular" documents relevant to the topic of
offshore company incorporation
has been compiled as a result of the analysis of web
traffic and user feedback between March 1, 2004 and February 28, 2005.