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Offshore company – disadvantages and advantages

August 2, 2017

Please carefully study the tax aspects in your jurisdiction before buying an offshore company in one of the island jurisdictions.

Let’s take a closer look at the tax aspects associated with owning and operating an offshore company.

Offshore companies are usually incorporated in two forms: International Business Company (IBC) and Limited Liability Company (“LLC”). In this article, the term “offshore company” is used to refer to both of them.


Offshore companies are used for a variety of purposes by residents of the CIS countries, Europe, the USA and Asia.

Expats can own and operate a business through an offshore company. Doing business with an offshore company protects your business liabilities, your brand name, your business’s payment network, and is an easy way to consolidate your business assets.

The offshore company also provides separation between the private property of the country of residence, income and assets of the owner.

This can be useful for expats who are into IT or any other remote activities and those who want to isolate their business from any potential local tax or other local issues.

For most high tax jurisdictions, offshore companies provide asset protection benefits at a much lower cost than an offshore trust.

If you face legal action, assets that you hold in high-tax jurisdictions banks or in a securities account may be frozen pending legal action.

However, assets that you hold outside of your high-tax jurisdiction through an offshore company will not be easily taken out of your control.

In addition, an offshore company makes your investment assets invisible from the perspective of potential plaintiffs, making you a less attractive target.

An offshore company may seem less attractive than an offshore trust, but this is one of its advantages. It fulfills the goals of protecting the owner’s assets by moving the seat of legal rights and responsibilities offshore without any additional costs and consequences.

Also, citizens of countries such as the USA can also use an offshore company as an offshore retirement account.


Owning an offshore company can provide tax advantages for those who plan their business correctly and disadvantages for those who do not understand the essence of the laws and the consequences of not complying with them.

In terms of tax advantages, an offshore company is a fantastic structure for citizens of high tax jurisdictions who live in the territories of such jurisdictions and beyond.

In certain circumstances, it is best that your offshore company is not considered a separate entity from you for tax purposes in your jurisdiction. For example, in the United States, both IBCs and LLCs are classified as corporations for tax purposes.

This can be a little confusing as a single member US LLC is an ignored partnership by default, but the opposite is the case for an LLC incorporated outside the US.


An entire industry has sprung up around offshore company formation, where you can set up many offshore companies online in no time.

The people who register these companies will advise you to consult with your own tax advisor and provide all sorts of advice on tax optimization.

This is where the work of our tax specialists begins.

Eternity Law International provides a complete tax planning and compliance solution for your jurisdictions that will be valid for the life of your offshore company.

Our specialists have the knowledge of creating and using offshore companies without fear of negative tax consequences from other jurisdictions, their required tax documents are filled out correctly and on time.

We can help you navigate the tax complexity of offshore companies so that you can achieve the tax and other benefits these structures can provide.

If you have any questions or need advice on the registration or purchase of an offshore company, call us at the phones listed on the website, or write to us in the CRM form located at the bottom of the page.

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