According to the N.Y. Times, The IRS has begun tracking homes bought through offshore companies and shell corporations in the United States. If you’ve setup an offshore structure, and used your retained earnings to buy real estate in the United States, you’re probably a target of the IRS. Even if your offshore company is tax
Once you have your Act 20 business in Puerto Rico up and running, you need to think about protecting its retained earnings or distributed profits. Asset protection for a Puerto Act 20 business becomes urgent because of the amount of capital held in the company tax deferred. There are two levels of asset protection for
If you are going to take your business offshore in 2016, your offshore structure must have substance. No more shelf companies, no more nominee directors, no more trying to fake out the IRS. Taking your business offshore today demands a real office, employees, and work being done offshore. Here is a step by step guide
Here’s how to maximize the value of your Puerto Rico Act 20 business using the income sourcing rules. Maximizing Puerto Rico sourced income in an Act 20 business, and thus minimizing US sourced income, is the key to unlocking the 4% tax rate offered in Puerto Rico. The rule is simple: only Puerto Rico sourced
Are you looking for a high quality of life, no taxes, and a cool offshore jurisdiction from which to operate your internet business? Ready to move you and your team to paradise for a few years to rake in the cash tax free? Then consider moving your internet business to Cayman Islands. Cayman Islands had
Do you have a company or bank account in Panama? Are you wondering if you should be worried about the IRS and Panama Papers? Do you know that the searchable database of Mossack Fonseca clients came online today? Is the thought of the IRS knocking on your door keeping you up at night? Let me
The Puerto Rico tax deal is the inverse of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion. Here’s why: With a Puerto Rico tax contract you can live in the US, your first $100,000 or so in salary is taxable, with rest deferred at 4%. If you live offshore and qualify for the FEIE, your first $101,300 is
You’ve heard the adage of investing when there’s blood in the streets… to buy when all hell is breaking loose and the market is at bottom. Well, now is your opportunity for some offshore tax planning while there’s blood in the streets. An offshore tax planning opportunity that will cut your corporate rate to 4%!
I’m frequently asked about the use of offshore shelf companies in international business. If you are debating between forming a new offshore corporation or buying an offshore shelf company, read this article before spending the extra cash. Some online incorporators market offshore shelf companies as the greatest invention since the numbered bank account. I think
Did you form an offshore company but the business didn’t go as planned? Do you need to close an offshore company? There are two ways to go about this. To close an offshore company that’s never done any business and has not yet opened a bank account, “allow it to die a natural death.” This
If you’re new to the world of offshore, then this article on offshore basics is for you. Thinking about starting a business abroad? Want to move you or your assets out of the United States? Offshore basics will tell you how… and what’s legal and what’s not for an American abroad. Many of the articles
Which is better, an offshore corporation or offshore LLC? Does an offshore corporation provide more protection than an offshore LLC? What are the benefits of an offshore LLC compared to the benefits of an offshore corporation? These are the questions I get every day, and the answer is not as simple as you might think.
Want to open an offshore bank account? Here is our guide on how to open an offshore bank account quickly and easily. Do you want to know how to open an offshore bank account? Are you thinking about moving some of your assets out of the United States? Want to protect yourself from issues within the
One of the most confusing areas of going offshore are the benefits of the offshore company. Will going offshore reduce your taxes? The answer is a qualified maybe. Will an international corporation or LLC structure protect you from creditors? The answer is a resounding yes. In this article I will attempt to describe the benefits of
Before forming an offshore company, give some thought to where you will incorporate that entity and where you will operate the business. Of course, these don’t need to be the same country…you may do better to incorporate in one jurisdiction and operate from another. The following article will help you select the best jurisdiction for
As America hurdles towards default, more of us are considering diversifying out of the United States and planting the first flag offshore. While there may be some last minute backroom deal to stave off disaster, many of us have lost confidence in a system out of control. If this resonates with you, I suggest you
There are many US tax benefits to living, working, and/or investing offshore. This article discusses each of the Tax Benefits of Going Offshore in detail with links to supporting information. If you are considering going offshore, this is a must read.
Any offshore business owned and operated by a US citizen must file IRS Form 5471, an FBAR, and disclose all of its dealings to the US government. Here, you will learn how to legally reduce or eliminate these filing and disclosure obligations. Most importantly, you must file US Treasury Form TD F 90.22.1 (generally referred