INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANY (IBC)

International business company IBC is one of the core terms in the offshore finance industry, and dozens of Offshore Financial Centers (OFC's) have adopted legislation on their own IBCs.
Keep in mind that we are not giving legal or tax advice (please see our Disclaimer for details). That's why we refer you (if you are an "immediate client") to your personal tax lawyer or accountant before buying our products. If you are a lawyer, accountant or a personal adviser, we prefer to provide your clients with IBC's and other offshore tools through you.

Meanwhile, here are some sample IBC applications

  • A convenient shell for opening an offshore bank account and obtaining a credit card;
  • A virtually anonymous core for an international holding, being the parent company;
  • Presuming a seller or a buyer is at the same time the beneficial (true) owner of an IBC, the company may be an intermediary between them, retaining all tax-free profits in its coffers;
  • An ideal vehicle for some confidential operations, such as real estate deals;
  • An optimal and anonymous way of investing offshore Your own IBC may serve all your private and business necessities when you are abroad;
  • A handy corporate tool for a yacht or ship registration; an excellent structure for a recruiting or crewing company in international business.

IBC: Do's and Don'ts
A typical IBC can:

Carry on business anywhere except for its jurisdiction of incorporation;
Have meetings of its directors and/or members anywhere in the world;
Keep as many bank accounts as it desires anywhere in any currency; Issue bearer shares;

However, an IBC can NOT (without a specific license) - 

Have business transactions with persons resident in its country;
Provide banking, insurance or reinsurance services;
Share its registered office with somebody else.

Other salient features

Beneficiaries', directors', and members' names are NOT listed in public documents or registered with local authorities;
They may reside anywhere in the world (some restrictions may apply to residents of the jurisdiction of its incorporation;
No annual return and/or audit required, and all financial data is kept confidentially in the company office;
The company may have corporate directors, enhancing its confidential characteristics even more. 

The most important thing…

An IBC enjoys exempt status in respect to virtually all kinds of taxes and stamp duties. For example, an IBC may have millions of dollars in profit and still pay virtually NO taxes in the country or territory where it was incorporated. 

PRACTICAL FORMS OF USING OFFSHORE COMPANIES

Offshore companies formed in Panama, BVI, Bahamas, Mauritius, Nevis, or Seychelles etc. are useful for several main purposes:

1. Investment Holding Corporation

Both corporations and individuals make substantial use of offshore companies as vehicles to protect and hold investment portfolios. Such portfolios may consist of stocks, bonds, cash, and other investments. Cash assets held by offshore companies may earn deposit interests free of tax.
Personal offshore holding companies are often used by high net worth individuals to hold investments made in different markets and countries. Personal holding companies also provide the confidentiality required by the sophisticated investors; while at the same time, saving in professional and other fees associated with other structures.
In such a structure, tax is not payable on income generated from the investment holding company’s assets, thereby increasing the amount available for other purposes.

2. Finance Corporation

Offshore finance companies can be established to fulfil a personal or corporate group treasury management function. Interest payments from group companies to the offshore finance subsidiary may be subject to withholding taxes usually lower than corporate taxes levied otherwise. On the other hand, the interest paid would be a deductible cost, for taxation purposes, and so consolidating interest payments in the offshore finance company may provide a tax saving benefit.
Offshore finance companies are often utilized as part of structures for acquiring foreign entities, real estate and other investment related projects.

Other benefits of such a company to the multinational entrepreneur are:

  • Protection of capital funds introduced from abroad to foster a self-owned project
  • Tax relief on the cost of borrowing the funds
  • Freedom to return interest on funds lent to the tax haven, so they can be reinvested at the best tax-free advantage.

3. Real Estate Holding Corporation

The ownership of overseas real estate and land by an offshore company can often create many tax advantages. Additionally, using a trust or a Panama Private Foundation to own the shares in the offshore company can give rise to additional tax advantages in the client’s country of residence and simplifies procedures in the event of the client’s death.

The main benefits are:

  • Avoidance in most cases of local inheritance taxes on the property in the event of death of the beneficial owner.
  • Avoidance in most cases of local succession laws which can, in certain countries, stipulate to whom the property must pass.
  • Elimination in most cases of local transfer and capital gains taxes upon resale of the property.
  • Simplification of procedure upon resale of the property through the sale of the real estate holding company to the buyer saving both time and costs.
  • Exclusion of foreign exchange controls restrictions, in certain countries, in the event of the beneficial owner taking up residence in the property.
  • Ease of transfer to heirs in the event of the beneficial owner’s death.
    Confidentiality of ownership.

4. Trading Corporation

Offshore trading companies are a proven efficient vehicle to expatriate capital and eliminate exchange controls restrictions through over-invoicing or under invoicing export/import transactions.
If an offshore trading company were to procure products from one country, and then sell them to another country, the profits arising our of the transaction may be accumulated in the offshore company, free from taxation in the offshore centre.
Another common use of an offshore trading company is for bulk purchasing. Such a structure is typically established by a group of associated or unrelated companies to benefit from economics of scale and reduced administrative costs, plus significant tax savings.
Significant benefits achieved by this arrangement, include receipt of bulk buying discounts and accumulation in a tax-free area of the net mark-up on resales to the manufacturing units.

Additionally, factoring trading debts of a company in a high tax jurisdiction through an offshore company established in a low tax jurisdiction may assist in transferring funds to the low tax jurisdiction.
Our Corporate Services Group provide management to several offshore factoring and international trading companies engaged in trading debts and re-invoicing operations.

5. Venture Capital Corporation

Offshore companies are regularly employed to raise venture capital through equity or debt issues in capital markets. Many corporations have sough to mitigate risk by accessing markets through offshore companies while at the same time reducing certain taxes.
This technique is a refinement of the offshore investment holding company. With prudent management, it can prove very profitable by itself, apart from accumulating tax-free profits.

6. Intellectual Property, Licensing or Franchising Corporation

Intellectual property, including computer software, technical know-how, patents, copyrights and trademarks can be owned by or assigned to an offshore company.
Upon the acquisition of rights, the offshore company can then enter into license or franchise agreements with companies interested in the exploitation of such rights around the world. The income arising from such arrangements can be accumulated offshore.

7. Plant Rental Corporation

If a company in a service industry operates affiliated companies in various countries, the formation and financing of an offshore company to acquire capital equipment used in its operations could prove beneficial. The equipment is rented to the affiliate at market rates, and net income is left to accumulate in the offshore company. Alternatively, it can be attractive for a company in a high tax area to purchase the capital equipment, claim the usual allowances, and lease the equipment to the offshore company at commercial rates. Hence, profits are generated, which are not liable to tax assessment, while rental payments in most cases are tax deducible in their countries of origin.

8. Shipping Corporation

An offshore corporation may own or charter ships, profits from which can be accumulated in tax-free area.

9. Personal Services Corporation

Many individuals engaged in the provision of professional services in the construction, engineering, aviation, finance, computer, film, and entertainment industries can achieve considerable tax saving benefits through the establishment of an offshore personal service company.
The offshore company can contract to supply the services of the individual outside the country in which he/she is normally resident and the fees earned can accumulate offshore, free from taxation in the offshore centre. Payments to the individual can then be structured in such a way to minimize income tax.

10. Employment Corporation

Many companies utilize offshore companies for the employment of staff working on overseas assignments. This helps to reduce the costs associated with payroll and travel expense administration, and may provide a tax and social security saving benefit for the employees.
While not providing any specific legal or tax counsel, nevertheless for some individuals or companies, offshore companies may offer specific tax advantages over other jurisdictions. Any potential client seeking any of these structures should consult with their individual legal or tax advisor.

Our company currently assists selected clients with:

  • Management Services
  • Corporate Services
  • Administrative Services
  • Accounting Services

GENERAL NOTES

This is only a generic portrait of an IBC. There may be some differences and peculiarities for a specific Offshore Financial Center.
Now, you may kindly place a relevant order and/or find some specific information about Belize, BVI, Seychelles, Mauritius etc.
Please, see the detailed description of our applicable additional services and fees in Price list.
We reserve the right to change fees without notice. The payment options are: wire transfer.

 

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