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Have you ever considered taking your business offshore?

Have you come up against concerns about the complexity of offshore company incorporation?

Perhaps you’ve wondered whether an offshore company could really benefit you?

No matter what your queries or concerns are relating to this subject matter, perhaps your bottom line is wondering how offshore company incorporation can ultimately benefit you, your business and your personal wealth status.

There are a number ways that the utilisation of an offshore structure can benefit the majority of those who choose to incorporate.  They relate to tax saving, protection and simplification.

Of course your own personal and business situation is absolutely unique, which is why it is important to seek expert advice about whether you should personally incorporate, and how and where you should establish an offshore business.  What’s more, you must ensure you meet any taxation and reporting requirements and liabilities in your country of residence, and you do not use your offshore company structure in an illegal way.

Following are some of the main benefits of incorporation that are often enjoyed by business people who correctly structure their affairs through an offshore company.

The Tax Saving Benefits of Offshore Company Incorporation

It may be possible to pick the jurisdiction in which you incorporate your company so that your local corporate taxation liability is legally minimised.  As part of an overall financial management strategy, it is sometimes possible to incorporate an offshore company within your overall financial and investment strategies to minimise personal taxation liabilities.  So by conducting your business through an offshore company jurisdiction, it is possible to legally minimise taxation via effective use of company law, double taxation treaties etc, whilst maximising your profits.

The Asset and Investment Protection Benefits

Some of the most respected offshore jurisdictions do not require a lot of data to be held on public file related to the ownership of an incorporated offshore company.  Many jurisdictions also allow the option to use nominee director services or trustees.  This is another benefit of using an experienced corporate service provider who can provide nominee director/shareholder services.

You may have the option of placing an offshore company within an offshore trust structure – such a hybrid company structure can allow for a range of benefits suitable to certain business objectives.

An offshore company can form part of an effective asset protection strategy, it can be useful in the protection of assets by legal minimising of taxation, litigation, and general risk.

The Simplification of Operations and Wealth Management Benefits

Many offshore jurisdictions have limited reporting, accounting and auditing requirements for offshore incorporation.  This can make it so much simpler for setting up and running a business in terms of their day-to-day operations management.

Personally complex to manage investment activities such as selling, transferring or reinvesting property, assets, investment or real estate in various countries around the world can be time consuming, expensive and complicated for the individual. Holding such assets within an offshore company structure can simply the processes and requirements involved.

Advantages of Offshore Company Incorporation – In Conclusion

There are many potential advantages to establishing a company offshore: with expert advice you can determine how and why you could personally benefit.

Remember offshore companies are legal and legitimate entities with massive potential benefits for many individuals and businesses.  You must just ensure that you choose the most suitable jurisdiction for your business needs, and how you use your offshore company – with particular attention being paid to any reporting requirements and tax liabilities you may have within the country of incorporation and within your country of residence.

(Please note that this article does not constitute personal advice, and to see whether an offshore company could benefit you, you should speak to an expert in this field.)

By Rhiannon Davies, editor of www.ShelterOffshore.com, the online resource specialising in the utilisation of the offshore financial marketplace for expatriates living abroad, and those who want to conduct business or save and invest offshore.