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Offshore Company

1) Minimise Tax Obligations
An offshore company can legally minimize the tax obligations of a business and is often the primary reason for registering a business offshore. Non-resident companies are often tax exempt or enjoy low levels of taxation depending upon the location. In cases of intellectual property which can be based offshore, and a royalty for its use charged at an arm’s length price onshore reducing the onshore tax exposure and maintain further profits offshore.

2) Confidentiality & Privacy
Non-resident companies, in the majority of offshore locations, are not required to publish financial information or to disclose the ownership which allows for secrecy and anonymity if required. Most offshore financial jurisdictions will not reveal any of this information to any third party unless criminal or terrorist activities are suspected.

3) Lower Set-up Costs and reduced administration and maintenance costs
The setting up of an offshore company is fast and simple, and the legal obligations are often much less, with flexible corporate laws – saving both time and money. Registration takes between 10-20 days depending on the jurisdiction and shelf companies are readily available

4) Asset protection
For those with international business interests, an offshore company can be valuable as a vehicle for holding assets such as intellectual property or real estate investments. A legally compliant vehicle is highly effective in safe guarding assets against unfair onshore claimants. Also, secures assets of an individual or firm against political instability in one’s own country.

5) Lower capital requirement
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How to Set-Up an Offshore Company

The setting up of an Offshore Company is much easier than onshore incorporation due to reduced red tape and pro-business regulations. An Offshore company can be formed within 10 days by your chosen offshore service provider (OSP). Haven Investor has removed a lot of the background work for you in selecting a location & provider. We’ve hand selected the most trust worthy locations & providers based on historical data, economic & political stability and off-course privacy & confidentiality. Below are a selection of our favourite locations & the very best providers whom we can recommend you directly too.

Before deciding to form an Offshore Company a number of factors we need to consider which Haven Investor will walk you through:

a) What type of offshore company.
b) Which offshore jurisdiction suits your needs best?
c) Extra services that may be required? e.g. Offshore bank account, brokerage accounts etc…

What type of Offshore Company

International Business Company

International Business Company’s (IBC’s) are formed in the most popular offshore jurisdictions, such as Belize, Seychelles and British Virgin Islands.

An IBC is very similar to a private limited company in that it has a board of directors, shares, and a share capital, but the shares cannot be publicly traded. There are several hundred thousand of IBCs registered globally. It is the most common legal form for offshore companies. IBC can often use a wide range of suffixes: Ltd, Limited, Inc, Incorporated, Corp.

Typical characteristics of an IBC include:

  • Full tax exemption. In lieu of taxation, an annual fee of US$100 – 500
  • Strict confidentiality; no public records or disclosure of ultimate beneficial owner
  • Very little limitation on business activities
  • No requirements to perform bookkeeping and prepare accounts. No audits
  • Minimum of 1 director and 1 shareholder

Private Limited Company

The second most common legal form of offshore company is a Private Limited Company. These are formed in Panama, Costa Rica and Uruguay known as Sociedad Anónima (S.A.)

A Private limited company usually relies on non-residence or territorial taxation to be exempt from tax or apply a very low tax rate. Privacy is not as strict, with names of directors often appearing on public record. This can usually be mitigated through the use of nominees or corporate directors. These companies are usually required to perform bookkeeping and prepare accounts, and potentially subject to audits.

Our selection of the best places to setup an Offshore Company

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Panama – Private Limited (Sociedad Anónima)

A long reputation for financial and offshore excellence. Offshore formation in Panama offers complete confidentiality, attractive tax-free opportunities (for income received outside of Panama), a favourable legal environment, and a supportive banking infrastructure all of which account for why Panama is one of the premier destinations for offshore corporations.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_fourth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][button link=”http://haveninvestor.com/contact/” color=”custom” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”Open Offshore Company” gradient_colors=”#5cd822|#5cd822″ gradient_hover_colors=”#187d96|#187d96″ accent_color=”#ffffff” accent_hover_color=”#ffffff” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” shadow=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]ENQUIRY[/button][/one_fourth][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”#ffffff” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”solid” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”#f4f4f4″ icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][one_fourth last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

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Belize International Business Company (IBC)

A tax-exempt vehicle, very popular among entrepreneurs. It can be used for offshore banking, investment activities, asset protection and the operation of many types of business. The IBC has full tax exemption in Belize and is suitable to buying and selling goods and services, offshore e-businesses, consulting, personal services by individuals living and working abroad, ownership of real-estate and intellectual property, licensing and franchising. An affordable option and can be easily complimented with a Belize bank account renowned for safeguarding privacy. The country of Belize has a long history of peace, stability and democracy and the only official English speaking country in Latin America.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_fourth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][button link=”http://haveninvestor.com/contact/” color=”custom” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”Open Offshore Company” gradient_colors=”#5cd822|#5cd822″ gradient_hover_colors=”#187d96|#187d96″ accent_color=”#ffffff” accent_hover_color=”#ffffff” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” shadow=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]ENQUIRY[/button][/one_fourth][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”#f4f4f4″ icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][one_fourth last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

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British Virgin Islands (BVI)
International Business Company (IBC)

Enjoys a strong international reputation in Funds and Investments, Corporate Business, Ship and Aircraft Registration, Captive Insurance and Trust and Estate Planning. Over 40% of worldäs offshore companies based in BVI. No taxes on income, capital gains, nor are there gift taxes, inheritance taxes, sales taxes, or value added taxes. A premier choice for asset protection and financial privacy.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_fourth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][button link=”http://haveninvestor.com/contact/” color=”custom” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”Open Offshore Company” gradient_colors=”#5cd822|#5cd822″ gradient_hover_colors=”#187d96|#187d96″ accent_color=”#ffffff” accent_hover_color=”#ffffff” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” shadow=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]ENQUIRY[/button][/one_fourth][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”F$F$F$” icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][one_fourth last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

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Seychelles
International Business Company (IBC)

A very popular option due its low cost, tax exemption, strict confidentiality laws and flexible incorporation regulations making the formation of a company both simple and efficient. Supported by a stable political environment and strong legal and regulatory authorities in the offshore global arena. Seychelles national languages are English and French making this jurisdiction attractive to English and French speakers. Seychelles is not a dependency of the UK or any EU country which allows it more freedom to make its own rules particularly in regards to public filings and beneficial owner requirements. Note: bearer shares are no longer allowed in Seychelles[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_fourth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][button link=”http://haveninvestor.com/contact/” color=”custom” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”Open Offshore Company” gradient_colors=”#5cd822|#5cd822″ gradient_hover_colors=”#187d96|#187d96″ accent_color=”#ffffff” accent_hover_color=”#ffffff” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” shadow=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]ENQUIRY[/button][/one_fourth][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][separator style_type=”single” top_margin=”20″ bottom_margin=”20″ sep_color=”#f4f4f4″ icon=”” width=”” class=”” id=””][one_fourth last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

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Hong Kong – Private Limited

Hong Kong is the world’s premier and largest offshore banking jurisdictions and best option when dealing with multi-currencies. Offshore companies also benefit from a politically stable environment. Hong Kong is not typically regarded as a tax haven but has a favourable tax regime which effectively means that correctly structured can be utilised for undertaking international business without paying tax in Hong Kong provided that any profits arising are not made in Hong Kong. Can open a bank account anywhere in the world using a Hong Kong registered company.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_fourth last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][button link=”http://haveninvestor.com/contact/” color=”custom” size=”” type=”” shape=”” target=”_self” title=”Open Offshore Company” gradient_colors=”#5cd822|#5cd822″ gradient_hover_colors=”#187d96|#187d96″ accent_color=”#ffffff” accent_hover_color=”#ffffff” bevel_color=”” border_width=”1px” shadow=”” icon=”” icon_position=”left” icon_divider=”no” modal=”” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”1″ alignment=”” class=”” id=””]ENQUIRY[/button][/one_fourth][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”#ffffff” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”solid” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

NOTE: Previously and until recently, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda were also popular, however the costs to incorporate in the Cayman Islands are now significantly higher than other locations whilst Bermuda has moved away from tax exempt trading companies. Also, a loosening of privacy laws reducing the overall effectiveness in terms of asset protection.

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