Offshore company : advantages and functioning

To create a physical company requires to realize numerous administrative steps which can prove to be wearing and interminable. Faced with these obstacles, the offshore company was born to allow all those who create it to go through a more interesting alternative. But what is an offshore company ? What is its functioning and what are the advantages it offers ?

What is an offshore company ?

An offshore company is a company that is not resident in the country where it has been registered. This company is registered abroad, but run by an owner who does not reside there. You can find more information on the ICD Fiduciaries website as well as assistance in setting up a company. 

This type of company is recognized for its exemption from paying taxes. They do not carry out any economic activity in their country of registration and depending on the jurisdiction of incorporation, they are not allowed to do business. Offshore companies very often specialize in so-called intangible activities.

How does it work ?

For this offshore company creation, you must first know the destination of its physical location. The company must first appoint a representative or "nominees". This one appears on each of the transactions it makes. He is paid to keep the company's confidentiality and preserve its anonymity. On the other hand, the owner of the offshore company must still be able to provide documents proving the payment of its current expenses. This is valid in all countries and the company must comply with it if it wishes to remain within the legal framework.

What are its advantages ?

If the majority prefers an offshore company to an onshore company, it is mainly due to the multiple advantages it offers. Indeed, it benefits from a partial or full exemption from taxes. Thus its expenses are reduced and its profits increase. 

Moreover, the rendering of accounts becomes more flexible: an offshore company does not have to render its annual balance sheet. It is enough that it has a traditional cash flow monitoring. As for the management costs of computer equipment or rent for example, they are generally lower.