Where is the best place to set up my offshore company?
To choose the right Offshore Company, you must first clearly define the objectives of its use.
If the main goal is to hide the owner of the assets, then any offshore jurisdiction will do, where to get information About the owner is very difficult, or impossible in principle. An example would be Belize, Seychelles, and especially Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In all these jurisdictions there is no official register of shareholders, and, therefore, information about shareholders is not stored in a single source.
In jurisdictions where annual submission of reports is required, such as Cyprus, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, the register of shareholders is open. Therefore, their confidentiality is achieved through the use of nominal service.
If the company has set tax objectives, the main thing in choosing a jurisdiction will be the existence of agreements on avoidance of double taxation. Because it is the Agreement on the avoidance of double taxation is the main mechanism of tax planning. This is especially true of issues such as payment of dividends, royalties, and interest on loans. As a rule, classical offshore jurisdictions do not sign such agreements, so in this case, you will have to choose from low – or even high-tax jurisdictions.
The third question is the cost of registration and maintenance of a foreign company. Classic offshore to acquire and maintain much cheaper – firstly, their initial cost is very low, and secondly – they do not require the maintenance and delivery of financial statements. In addition, there is no need to pay taxes on profits, value added, capital gains and others. It is required only to pay state duty on time. It differs in different jurisdictions, but not by much.
In more “prestigious” jurisdictions (Cyprus, UK, Hong Kong) – not only the cost of registration and the number of annual fees are higher, but also the cost of preparing and submitting reports is usually quite substantial.
The next important point is the stability of the chosen jurisdiction. First of all, it is political stability. If its level is low, then under pressure from outside the government can make decisions that are not entirely beneficial for investors. For example, in Nauru, all offshore banks were virtually liquidated under US pressure. And in Montenegro, the companies that paid the tax at a preferential rate of 2.5% were liquidated, provided that they did not operate in Montenegro. Now the same pressure is being put on Liechtenstein and Gibraltar.
These are the main factors that must be considered when choosing an offshore. But the main factors, of course, are the purpose of creating a company and the characteristics of a particular business.