Who should use an offshore company?
An offshore company may be of interest to a great number of people, and it may be used for various activities.
Creating an offshore company allows you to begin an activity without having to deal with setting up a complicated infrastructure. An offshore company allows you to quickly create a stable structure with a simple administration and enjoy all the benefits of the offshore jurisdiction.
International commerce can be carried out through an offshore company. It will handle purchases and sales operations.
The custody of movable and immovable property
Offshore companies are used to hold both movable property (such as yachts) and immovable property (such as houses and buildings). In addition to confidentiality, the benefits and advantages they offer include exemption from certain types of taxes (e.g. inheritance tax). It should be noted, however, that some countries do not allow the acquisition of movable/immovable property through offshore structures and therefore those wishing to form an offshore structure are advised to check with a competent professional before proceeding.
An offshore firm that always stays afloat (provided all costs associated with running it are paid) may, in some countries, be used as a means of avoiding inheritance-tax laws. With a view to minimising inheritance-tax liability, the offshore structure may also be combined with a trust or a foundation.
Continuity of business
Assets that are held in personal names are generally frozen at the death of the individual. Operation of any such assets (such as bank accounts) will require court approval. This kind of problem can be avoided through the uses of companies as the legal owner of those assets.