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All About Offshore Companies You Must Know

All About Offshore Companies You Must Know 1

Offshore is something that helps modern businessmen optimize their company’s costs and create flexible schemes for managing their business. However, this kind of description of how an offshore company works is very superficial, so I suggest you take a few minutes of your precious time and read this article to better understand how offshore works.

It will take years and months of practice with regular upgrades to understand in detail and depth. Well, in order to understand how offshore will work for you and your business, it is better to put the task to a professional who can offer you one or more solutions to choose from.

What’s the point?

So, if you are new to the offshore world but want to understand the mechanism of how offshore works, let’s start with the basics. According to international law, an offshore company is a separate legal entity that operates in accordance with the laws of the country where the company was established. If it is a Nevis-based offshore company, it operates under the laws of Nevis and if the offshore company is registered in Panama, respectively, it operates under the laws of this jurisdiction.

An offshore company is offshore only if the beneficiary, or in simple words, the owner of the company is a foreigner and conducts its business activities outside the jurisdiction where the company was incorporated. Thus, the company becomes an offshore company and does not pay taxes of local companies and in accordance with the laws of a particular country is exempt from tax in part or in full.

An offshore company is, in fact, any company that is not registered in the country of the tax residency of the owner.

This is the key to how an offshore company works. It’s a buffer for your business from high taxes.

Let’s look at how an offshore company works using the example of an import/export scheme for trading companies.

Almost every entrepreneur working in the trade sector adheres to a business scheme that includes an offshore company, all because with the help of an offshore company, it is possible to reduce the tax base as much as possible, as well as make business operations more expeditious and safe.

Engaging in international trade, you can register an offshore company, for example, in Hong Kong or Malta, but with any of these options, you will win.

In this option, the offshore can be one of your founders, a business partner, an executor or a customer of services. But the point is that if your offshore company, say in Hong Kong, buys goods in country A, and then sells to country B, then the resulting profits will be accumulated in your offshore company. In this scheme entrepreneurs can often understate or overstate the value of the goods in order to achieve favorable conditions to optimize the taxation of the business as a whole.

In the case of exports, the offshore company acquires the exported goods, US gold coins for instance, at the lowest possible price, and then resells the goods to the end buyer at the average world price. Thus, the company manages to keep for itself, tax-free and uncontrolled by the local authorities difference.

If you do not import the goods directly, but through your offshore, then in this option, you can also save money. However, it is very important to reckon with the laws of your original company’s country. 

If you have decided on the jurisdiction and moved on to the process of registration of the company, for its further successful functioning, namely, for opening a foreign bank account for the offshore (due to it the offshore will technically work!), you will need to obtain the following package of legal documents for your offshore company

  • Certificate of Shareholders/subscribers (if the company has registered shares) Declaration of Trust if the company has corporate shareholder(s).
  • Power of Attorney, if the company has Corporate Director(s).
  • Articles and Memorandum of Association or By-Laws
  • Certificate of Incorporation of the company/Certificate of Good Standing (if the company has been in existence for more than 1 year).
  • Letter of Undertaking (applies to bearer shares). 
  • Subscribers appointment of the company’s directors/s

You will need this package of documents first of all to open a bank account for your company. 

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