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offshore LLC

Did you form an offshore LLC last year? Are you using an offshore LLC to hold foreign investments or to protect an international bank account? Here are your US filing requirements for that offshore LLC. As the owner of an offshore LLC, you’ll need to file an entity election form, an annual tax return, a

offshore bank account

An offshore bank account can open up new investment, privacy, and protection options. An international account gives you access to a new world of possibilities and higher returning investments not available in the United States. Here are my top 10 reasons you want an offshore bank account in 2017. Each of our clients has their

offshore trusts and community property
01/04/2017 - 11:46 AM
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Here’s an overview of offshore trusts and community property law.  If you’re married, and live in a community property state, you and your spouse must work together to form the most efficient asset protection structure. An offshore trust must include special provisions for those in community property states. Let me frame the issue surrounding offshore

Panama financial services license
01/04/2017 - 11:42 AM
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A Panama Financial Services Company is a licensed but unregulated financial entity which allows you to hold and manage client funds in Panama. The Panama financial services license is issued by the Panamanian Ministry of Commerce (Ministerio de Comercio and Industrias). It’s much easier to keep in compliance than a license issued by the banking

offshore business

With all the talk about keeping jobs at home and taxing foreign corporations, I wanted to start the year with a post on why Trump is great for the offshore industry… at least, for those operating small businesses, investing abroad, and/or moving assets offshore for asset protection. This article will focus on why a Trump

EB-5 visa scam
01/03/2017 - 11:37 AM
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The EB-5 visa program is fraught with fraud and under fire from Democrats in the U.S. Congress. I expect it to survive, but problems will continue to plague the program. Here’s why and what you can do to protect yourself. First, a brief review. The U.S. EB-5 visa program promises high net-worth foreigners a green

Private Placement Life Insurance

For top tier investors, hedge funds and foreign investments offer broad diversification and attractive returns. Because these returns are often taxed at ordinary rates, affluent investors turn to private placement life insurance for tax efficiency. The reason to invest using a private placement life insurance is to reduce or eliminate income and estate taxes. All

PFIC investment

In this article, I’ll review the rules around PFIC investments and the Passive Foreign Investment Company statutes. Here’s everything you need to know about passive income in an offshore corporation.   First let me define a few terms around PFIC. Passive Income: Income from interest, dividends, annuities, capital gains, and most rents and royalties. Passive

Which Countries Tax Worldwide Income?

When you’re planning a move abroad, you need to consider the tax laws of your country of citizenship and your country of residence. The key to a solid expat move is to determine which countries tax worldwide income and avoid them whenever possible. There are four basic tax groupings of countries. I won’t consider the

Offshore Trust or Panama Foundation

The top two international asset protection structures are the offshore trust and the Panama foundation. These tools are very different from one another and I don’t think of them as competing solutions. Even so, I’m asked all the time, offshore trust or Panama foundation? In this article I’ll try to explain the differences. A properly

money management accept client funds

If you want to receive client funds into your offshore account, you must have a license or set up a specially designed offshore structure. Whether you’re raising money or managing money, if you’re not the owner of the cash in your offshore bank account, you will need an offshore money management license.  In this article,

Barrons Interview
11/16/2016 - 8:21 AM
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Dear Readers, My interview with Barron’s was published this morning. You can find it here: Top Five Countries for Secondary Citizenship And here are links to detailed posts on the countries that made my top 5 list for 2017: Dominica (best value) St. Lucia (best investment option) Malta (when money’s no object) Austria (the gold

offshore bank license in dominica

The most active low cost offshore bank license jurisdiction is Dominica. If you’re in the process of selecting a country to incorporate and license an offshore bank, give the Caribbean Island of Dominica a look. You’ll find that the capital required for a bank license in Dominica is a fraction of it’s competitors. You will

OECD tax exchange

As of November 2016, most offshore jurisdictions have signed on to the Automatic Exchange Agreements demanded by European governments and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). All but Panama has agreed to share information with European tax authorities. On paper, the OECD defines itself as follows: “the mission of the Organisation for Economic