How to guides
Company registration and
bank account opening
Here you will find short key features of select zero tax & low tax jurisdictions, together with IBCs and other offshore company formation.
You will also quickly navigate to our complete guides that cover all aspects of company formation and bank account opening topics.
Business Set up and Structuring Services
Start, sell & grow
Where to register your offshore business?
The good news is that there is no need to register your business where you live or plan to live. You don’t have to move or travel anywhere. You can choose to set up a business wherever it suits your circumstances. Nearly any online business is suitable to be run by an offshore company, so if you have online consultancy, coaching or e-commerce business, you are in the right category, but of course, this list not at all exhaustive. We will be happy to advise you whether your business is suitable and you can structure it.
The next step is to choose where your new company should be incorporated. It is straightforward to register a company, but it can be costly if you don’t think it through first. You can, for example, find out that your company was set up in the ‘wrong’ country for your type of business.
How to decide where your company should be established?
To decide where your company should be established, you need to ask yourself some fundamental questions. The most crucial questions are:
- Where do you live?
- What is your citizenship?
- Where is your tax residency?
Even though you may think that all three of the above questions should have the same answer at first glance, it is not necessarily the case.
There may be a US citizen living in Dubai with a Dubai tax residency or
a Polish citizen living in Thailand. Each of the examples has different tax implications:
In the case of a US citizen, he will always need to declare his worldwide income and pay some taxes where his income exceeds the $100K exemption.
If you are a Polish citizen, you may be subject to an exit tax if you become a non-resident.
Companies with low taxes vs reputational risk
There is a balance to be struck. Traditional tax havens are going through rough times, mainly due to the recent scandals (e.g. Panama Papers). Therefore, you should carefully consider whether your clients may suffer withholding taxes when paying invoices issued by a BVI (British Virgin Island) company. You may also find it very difficult to open a bank account for a typical tax haven company.
However, a company incorporated in Singapore or Hong Kong where taxation is relatively low but not perceived as a tax havens may be a better option.
Considering complex company structure
You should also consider whether a more complex structure would work better for your type of business.
It does not have to increase your costs by very much and also increase the level of privacy and protection. UK companies, which are not expensive to form, may work very well in an “Agency Structure.”
It is worth remembering that the price of the company is not the most crucial factor here. Many offshore company service providers offer very cheap formations. They will tell you what you want to hear but not what you need to know.
After the formation, you may find out that your company cannot open a bank account or find that it is not suitable for trading in your chosen areas. For example, a British Virgin Island company selling to French clients is simply not going to work.
Bank account and e-Wallet accounts
Getting paid - bank account, e-wallet, payment providers
Choice of a bank or an e-wallet? or both...
What is e-wallet account?
In brief, e-wallets is an online digital ‘bank’. The main difference between banks and e-wallets is that the traditional banks have a banking licence and e-wallets hold a money services licence.
How much does e-wallet account cost?
E-wallets tend to offer cheap transfers and have low maintenance fees. Traditional banks are suitable for keeping most of your money and receiving payments from platforms like PayPal. However, an e-wallet account is much easier to open than an account with traditional banks.
Maintaining your offshore company
Once your company is incorporated and has a bank account, it should run itself, allowing you to concentrate on your business.
You can rely on us to let you know well in advance whenever your company needs to be renewed, whenever you need to prepare accounts or file annual returns. We can also recommend several useful online tools and programmes for bookkeeping, admin, calendar appointments as examples.