Uses of Offshore Companies
An offshore company is a very flexible corporate entity. As such it can be integrated into a wide variety of business arrangements. Reduced tax and increased confidentiality are just two of the main benefits which can be achieved by a proper application of the offshore company. However, it would be erroneous to believe that an offshore company incorporated in a no-tax jurisdiction "flies above" all the complicated tax regulations in force in the high-tax jurisdictions. Contrary to a popular belief, having an offshore company in itself does not relieve its owner from all personal tax liabilities in his home country. A clever use of an offshore company, however, can reduce, defer or completely eliminate some tax that would otherwise be payable by his business. The ability to accumulate revenues in a tax-free and hassle-free environment of an offshore jurisdiction are especially helpful to start-up businesses, allowing them to grow faster be more competitive.
Nevertheless, the practical implementation of an offshore strategy will almost always have to confront some of the anti-avoidance laws that may be in force in the country where the beneficial owner resides or where he does his business. For this reason we recommend that anyone, who considers an offshore incorporation, starts by taking some advice from an accountant or tax advisor located in the clients` country of domicile and in the country where the proposed business operations are due to take place. In case with offshore companies, the laws in the offshore jurisdiction will often have to be considered in conjunction with the laws and regulations of other countries, in particular the countries where the offshore company will have its sales, contracts and assets.
An offshore company may act as a trading intermediary – sales, distribution or import -export company. The company would typically buy directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler and arrange the goods delivered directly to the end-customer from the place of production or purchase. This can be of particular interest where goods originate from one country, are sold in another, yet the principal is located in a third country. An offshore procurement company can be used by a domestic importer to source goods abroad, or an offshore sales company can be used by a domestic producer to distribute the goods. The profits arising on the difference between purchase and sales price may be accumulated in a tax-free environment. Such profits can be re-invested into further development of the business, without incurring any excess tax liability.