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Professional Service Companies

Individuals who receive substantial fees in respect of their professional services in capacities such as designers, consultants, authors or entertainers, may assign or contract with an offshore company the right to receive those fees. The offshore employment company may not have to pay tax on its profits which can be reinvested in a tax free climate to generate further income from the offshore company. Payments to the individuals concerned can be structured in such a way as to minimize their tax liabilities. One example in this regard in respect of an overseas employment is to increase subsistence expenses as against fees as such which would be paid to the individual.

Tax Planning Consequences

It is important to note that you cannot simply open up an offshore trading company and “pretend” to make money offshore. Any income through investment would have to be actually “sourced” outside of the United States (either through the IRS tax sourcing rules, or various tax treaties) to receive tax beneficial treatment. In addition you must make sure that your structure does not run afoul of the IRS Controlled Foreign Corporation Laws and that your structure is not deemed to be a Foreign Personal Holding Company.

 

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