Your Guide to Starting an Offshore Corporation

While offshore banking and investments can have great benefits for individual investors, the advantages grow when you move to the Offshore Corporationcorporate level.

Starting a new business anywhere in the world can be a serious undertaking, but it may be worth the time to investigate the potential of an offshore rather than a domestic corporation.

Discover how opening a corporation offshore could benefit you, and then learn more about picking a location and getting started.

Benefits of Having a Corporation Offshore

Just a few of the major benefits of starting your corporation offshore are the tax benefits, the privacy and the ability to choose the perfect location. Many offshore locations, including destinations such as Belize, offer tax incentives for foreign investors. This might mean that your business can legally pay little or no capital gains tax, which can greatly increase the profitability, longevity and success of any corporation.

Another advantage is the privacy of offshore banking as a corporation. You can keep your name and your assets separate from that of the corporation if desired, and you can retain a level of privacy around your business actions that you may not be able to accomplish domestically. Finally, an offshore business is perhaps more flexible than a traditional corporation, and you can have more control over the investments and the decisions thanks to smaller and less intrusive regulatory action overseas.

Choosing the Location For Your Business

An important factor to keep in mind is that no two international locations are the same. Various countries have pros and cons, and each business may have specific needs that can be met in different destinations. Logistically, a country that you plan to visit on occasion can be an advantage, but online banking capabilities mean that physically visiting the country certainly isn’t a requirement.

As long as you have an Internet connection, you can check the balance of a corporate account or wire money to pay any bills or suppliers. You will also want to pay close attention to the tax laws and incentives in various offshore destinations. Countries such as Belize, for example, provide low taxation rates in order to attract investors.

What to Know Before Getting Started

Keep in mind that starting a corporation offshore requires many of the same documents as a domestic business. Personal information such as identification and proof of address is a start, and you may also need to supply proof of funds as well as information on any investors or board members that have significant roles in the running of your offshore corporation.

Starting a corporation offshore has a number of advantages, and it can be the best financial move for those interested in profits and privacy. Click here for more on your offshore options.

About this author

Caye International Bank Limited (CIBL) was granted an Unrestricted "A" Class International Banking License on September 29th, 2003 by the Central Bank of Belize and is regulated by the Central Bank of Belize which set the standards for liquidity and capital adequacy.