Offshore Banking – An Outlook

By: Samuel Congdon

Offshore banking is a tool that many businesses and multinational corporations utilize because of the advantages it offers. Having a bank account in a country other than the one you normally live in is termed as offshore banking. Though offshore banking and offshore bank accounts are a common term for many there may be some who are totally unaware of offshore banking or the advantages that offshore banking can offer. This article will give you an idea of what offshore banking is all about.

An offshore bank is a bank located outside the country of residence of the depositor, typically in a low tax jurisdiction or so-called tax haven that provides privacy advantages. Offshore banking has many advantages such as privacy, low or no taxation (the country where the offshore bank is located generally does not tax assets in the offshore bank accounts or income earned from those assets. However, taxes on the assets or taxes on the income may still need to be reported to the client’s home-country government. Additionally, control, ownership or authority over or signatory power over an offshore bank account at an offshore bank may need to be reported to the client’s home government) , online access to deposits, protection against political or financial instability.

With online access to the funds in the offshore bank account, offshore banking is a common practice around the globe for corporations, entrepreneurs and executives and multi-national companies. Offshore bank accounts and offshore structures, such as an offshore company or LLC, also help to shield assets from potential litigants thus creating asset protection.

The practice of offshore banking is a widely accepted fact in financial and business circles and most governments have no laws preventing offshore banking.

Many of these offshore banks provide their clients with an offshore credit card or offshore debit card. Using an offshore debit card or offshore credit card gives a client immediate access to funds in an offshore bank account (or to a credit line secured by funds in an offshore bank account – which is how most offshore credit cards function). As with any other bank, offshore banks also offer online banking making account management faster and easier. And, many offshore banks allow their offshore banking customers to request wire transfers from within online banking. This makes transferring funds out of an offshore bank account more convenient.

Some of the locations offering offshore banking are Antigua, Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, St. Lucia, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Austria, Isle of Man, Jersey, Mauritius, Nevis, Panama, and The Turks and Calicos Islands. And in fact, any bank that is located in a country outside of one’s home country is an offshore bank with respect to the client.

Open an offshore bank account today and enjoy all the advantages and perks that offshore banking has to offer.

Samuel Congdon is knowledgeable in the field of offshore banking, offshore bank accounts, offshore companies and offshore investment accounts. Sam Congdon has travelled to The Bahamas, Antigua, Nevis and St. Kitts, Dominica, St. Lucia, The Turks and Caicos Islands, The Netherland Antilles, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, England, The Isle of Man, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Holland, Panama, Venezuela, Nepal, Thailand and India.

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