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Offshore uses
 
Different Uses of Offshore Companies:

The following section will explain for you in outline form some of the most popular uses for offshore companies that we at Cornupia face every day from our clients around the world, who come from many different economic sectors. We at Cornupia, and our advisers, have a wide experience in all of these different uses for offshore companies.

After you have read this information, please feel free to e-mail us, or call, or visit for a more detailed discussion of offshore company uses that applies directly to your situation.

Just click on the type of offshore company, or offshore company use, that you would like to review in the table following:

International Trading Operations Company
International Investment Operations Company

Offshore Banking Institution

Financial Holding Company

Property Holding Company

Intellectual Property Holding Company

International Consultancy, Professional Services Company

Offshore Shipping Company

Insurance, Captive Insurance, Company

Export Company



International Trading Operations Company

International trading companies are involved in buying goods in low cost production countries and selling them to distributors in high income market areas, where the actual trading operation may take place from a third country. The goods bought by the trading company are sent directly from the country of origin to the country where they are to be sold.

Significantly improved profits can be achieved by forming an offshore company that is used as a trading medium for buying, shipping, and selling the goods in question.

Most of the profits can be retained by the offshore trading company that would otherwise be lost to taxation authorities at the original home location of the trading operation.


International Investment Operations Company

Certain offshore countries can be effectively used as an attractive low cost location for investment operations, or for the management of profits being deposited outside home countries. This type of offshore company permits the fund manager or investor to take advantage of those offshore locations that offer banking operations where the interest paid on funds deposited does not incur taxation, and where local tax-free bonds may also be available. Also, such investment management companies can trade their investments optimally without attracting capital gains taxes on investment trading profits.

Significantly enhanced investment operations can take place in this manner with the right offshore company locations.


Offshore Banking Institution

Offshore banking institutions have become very popular in recent years. Many major international banks have set up operations in certain attractive offshore locations, while many small companies and institutions have used this type of offshore structure to act as highly efficient cash management centers for their operations.

The underlying principle remains the same for all types of offshore banking operation, regardless of their origin or parent. Such banks pay interest that is free of withholding tax, and free of any local tax obligations whatsoever. Such offshore banking operations can provide a wide range of very attractively packaged services to international clients, they can also engage in international financing operations free of any exchange controls.

Certain Caribbean Islands (the Cayman Islands, the Bahamas) as well as Western Samoa in the Pacific are popular locations for such operations due to their local banking terms.


Financial Holding Company

By forming a holding company in an offshore location that offers a favorable income and corporate taxation climate, and where dividends are not required, many financially astute international companies and entrepreneurs are able to accumulate and grow their profits offshore where they are undisturbed by taxation.

In this manner, such companies or individuals are able to arrange for maximal growth financing, or other operations financing, from their own carefully managed offshore financial resources, which have not been reduced through taxation.


Property Holding Company

Another form of offshore holding company that has gained a lot of interest and popularity in recent years is the company formed to hold property and property rights in an offshore location. Such companies are used to avoid capital gains taxes on property when it is sold, as well as inheritance taxes. This type of structure also ensures privacy regarding an individual's property.

The sale of property held by such an offshore company can be arranged easily by transferring the shares in the company with significant reductions in the property acquisition costs being possible for the purchaser.


Intellectual Property Holding Company

It is increasingly common to find companies being formed to act as the international sub licensee for important intellectual property rights (patents, copyrights, etc.). This offshore company can then enter into sublicensing arrangements around the world for the sublicensed intellectual property.

Royalties paid for the usage of the intellectual property can attract withholding tax at the source, and the existence and use of such an offshore holding company may permit tax rate reductions.


International Consultancy, Professional Services Company


Individuals who receive significant fees or payments for their international services (such as consultants, engineers, writers, designers, directors, composers, entertainers, etc.) may wish to form a offshore company and then contract their services through this company.

The individual would then draw down adequate fees for ongoing costs, etc., and retain the rest in the offshore company for tax-free investment, and thus maximize their overall income while minimizing taxes.


Offshore Shipping Company

Certain offshore locations featuring low tax levels, or no taxes, are used for organizing ship owning/operating companies that permit the owner to avoid direct and indirect taxes on their ship operations.

Such companies are used to own and operate ships, and the legal avoidance of taxes will increase profits, which are then accumulated offshore for maximal growth in the offshore location.


Insurance, Captive Insurance, Company

A number of offshore countries have developed very attractive regulations governing the formation and operation of insurance companies in their jurisdiction: one attractive feature is no taxation obligations on insurance premiums and related investment income.

Further, many multinational companies and operations have created Captive Insurance companies in such offshore locations for the purposes of providing the most cost effective insurance and reinsurance operations to deal with the operating risks of their own subsidiaries and affiliates.


Export Company

Significant tax exemptions and deferrals are available from some countries to companies that perform export sales through offshore companies: e.g. the US offers the Foreign Sales Corporation tax exemption for US exporters that conform.



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