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Offshore Company Tax .

Isn’t it scary how much governments are intruding into our lives?

In Australia, the average person now pays 69% tax.

The OECD, the world “secret police” who monitors offshore tax havens, now controls the tax systems of most countries in the world. Everyone is paying far too much tax!

(I love how the OECD say their purpose is to “eliminate unfair tax competition”, which in layman’s terms, means punish countries who are giving low tax rates so the big countries can charge more in taxes, but that is another story … )

The fact is, paying higher taxes is becoming more of our lives each day, and our hard-earned wealth is more at risk than ever!

For businesses and investors to get ahead, knowing how to do 100% legal tax minimization in Australia is critical. As Google, EBay, Starbucks and Facebook have shown, with their sexy “Double Dutch Sandwich” structures involving Ireland (only 12% corporate tax rate), and Netherlands (tax-free for holding intellectual property), the big companies have worked out the game, and hence, make more money for their shareholders and with the extra dollars, can give more jobs back into the community.

To build a strong global business, all these companies know how critical it is to work with experts and get good solid offshore company tax advice. As Kerry Packer said at the Print Media Enquiry in 1991:

“I am not evading tax in any way, shape or form. Now of course I am minimizing my tax and if anybody in this country doesn’t minimize their tax they want their heads read, because as a government I can tell you you’re not spending it that well that we should be donating extra.”

I love how Kerry puts that … we don’t want to be giving the government any more tax than we legally have to, as they aren’t spending the money well we should be donating extra!

Yet on the other hand, we don’t want to go to jail for our tax planning either, as many found to their peril with Operation Wickenby …

In Operation Wickenby, many Australian companies got “too aggressive” and used Vanuatu companies to shift monies through. Very simply they did something like this …

  • A Vanuatu “management” company was set up
  • Agreements were made between the Vanuatu company and the Australian entity whereby management fees and royalty or intellectual property fees were charged that were very high, and way beyond any service the company actually provided
  • These payments were a tax deduction in Australia
  • The Vanuatu company paid the monies back into Australia as a loan to the Australian people, or to their companies or trusts, but in practice, the loan was never repaid, and was never going to be

Indeed the Tax Office has targeted celebrities like Paul Hogan, Glen Wheatley, and others. It’s certainly not worth going to jail for money!

This has scared many businesses and investors from getting advice about offshore company tax and how this can save them money in their business and investments.

The days of using dodgy tax planning schemes to avoid paying tax are well and truly over. The fact is, you are limited as an Australian business owner or investor from using offshore company tax through overseas structures.

However, this doesn’t mean you can’t do it legally. In fact, overseas structures are still incredibly powerful to not only minimise tax but also to protect assets as you will see further on.

There are many ways you can minimise tax using offshore company tax. These include:

  • Using companies in places like Hong Kong, BVI or Seychelles to hold cash or other assets for privacy reasons
  • Using offshore companies (or IBCs) in a range of jurisdictions with tax treaties with Australia, eg. Malta, USA, New Zealand, Ireland
  • Using offshore companies (or IBCs) in a range of non-treaty jurisdictions, eg. Seychelles, Gibraltar, BVI, Samoa
  • Using offshore trusts
  • Setting up international bank accounts
  • Using overseas foundations and charitable trusts (Panama foundations are popular)
  • Second mortgages overseas, ie. setting up an overseas company which takes a mortgage over property in Australia
  • International tax treaties
  • And many others!

Some of the many situations where you can use offshore company tax to save you tax dollars include:

  • If you set up an overseas business with global clients, while still living in Australia, although you’ll pay tax when the money comes back into Australia, there are tax deferral benefits which can make a significant difference in accumulating and compounding wealth.
  • If you choose to become a perpetual traveller and establish a residency outside of your home country (Australia, US, etc.) you will not have to pay tax on any offshore income from your business, or from trading the markets or your investments. You’ll only have to pay tax on your Australian or home country income.
  • If you trade the markets and are still an Australian resident, you can set up a company in Singapore, Hong Kong, or Malta, and although you still have to pay tax in Australia, you don’t have to pay tax until you bring the money back into Australia. This gives you a tremendous opportunity to compound and build wealth.
  • You have international tax treaties that can allow you to pay less tax, eg. capital gains tax in certain instances for companies which buy real estate in Australia, or buying assets overseas under certain treaties


That is why you need to work with experts who know what they are doing, and will slash your tax, but make sure it stays 100% legal.

In summary, using offshore company tax, and setting up overseas structures and bank accounts, is a powerful way to minimise tax, as well as give options for asset protection in Australia.

Who is Behind Wealth Safe’s Offshore Company Tax solutions?

Warren Black is the head of the Wealth Safe international tax planning solutions division. With over 26 years experience in tax planning, including 10 years at the Australian Tax Office, and being the ONLY recommended specialist in Australia on Lance Spicer’s list of highly recommended international tax planning experts (Lance Spicer is a top authority on offshore structuring and planning, and going under the radar), Warren knows the tricks of the trade to ensure you only pay the tax you legally have to, and use offshore structures in an effective way to get results and not have any trouble.

Using international tax planning makes a significant difference to build your wealth faster and be financially independent. All my high net worth clients know this. It’s why they spend hundreds of thousands, even millions of dollars, on top tax planners!

Let’s take a look at the impact of tax rates on your wealth by an example …

Let’s say you invest $100,000 at 20%. Depending on the rate of tax, this is your net balance after 20 years.

48.5% tax     $   841,920.58

30% tax        $1,618,027.01

15% tax        $2,925,766.91

0% tax          $5,282,753.06

If the balance is $1 million, you can see the exponential difference. Imagine investing $1 million at 20% growth for 20 years with no tax! Over $52 million.

It isn’t hard to see why you need international tax planning.

I see it as almost impossible to become financially independent living in Australia paying taxes like the masses. You have to know how to minimise your tax and work with the best experts to get out of the rat race. The rich all know this.

Every day you waste is a further erosion in your net worth.

Contact us today and start your journey to financial independence!


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