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Offshore bank account

Uan offshore account is a bank account located in one of the many offshore entities, that is, a bank located outside the country of residence of the account holder. In this way, these bank accounts will be associated with non-resident holders in the country where the bank is located.

 

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    What is an offshore account for?

    NNormally, a natural or legal person usually maintains their offshore accounts in a low tax jurisdiction that may coincide with financial centers such as tax havens. This will provide you with financial and legal advantages, for example:

    • Greater privacy (see also bank secrecy, a principle born with the Swiss Banking Act of 1934)
    • Little or no taxation (i.e. tax havens)
    • Easy access to tanks (at least in terms of regulation)
    • Protection against local, political or financial instability.

    The term originated in the Cana islandsl that are β€œoffshore”, that is, offshore, away from the coast of the United Kingdom. By extension, as most offshore banks are found in island nations to this day, the term is used figuratively to refer to any bank used for these purposes, regardless of location. So some banks in switzerland although they do not have a coastline, like Luxembourg y Andorra can be described as "offshore banks".

    Is it legal to have an offshore account?

    Aalthough the media, following the Panama Papers, they have taken charge of pointing their accusing finger at the one who had offshore accounts abroad, the truth is that it is one more financial product, totally legal which seeks, among other things, to hide money from the public sphere.

    It is a measure of protection of personal assets before potential creditors, lawsuits that are contemplated within the law. Only the owner has the obligation to declare these assets in the country of residence. Shall inform the tax authorities the holding of these funds, their returns and the benefits they generate. Definitely, it's a tool depending on how it is used it can be beneficial or harmful.

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    Does bank secrecy still exist?

    En 2014, 51 countries signed an agreement to implement the Automatic Exchange of Information within the framework of a summit on Transparency and Exchange of Information promoted by the OECD. Thanks to this multilateral pact, it has been possible to establish standard rules at the global level to carry out this exchange.

    As of today, 101 countries have already committed themselves to the OECD to implement this procedure. However, on January 1, 2017, the starting signal was given to implement these exchange measures in 55 countries, while 46 countries will start this in 2018.

    In this way, the signatory authorities undertake to collect bank information from their foreign residents and subsequently to communicate it to the authorities of their countries of origin. We are talking about the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) system where banks began collecting information in 2016 and authorities will begin to routinely exchange data starting in September 2017.

    Even so, there are still jurisdictions reluctant to implement the rules for Automatic Exchange of Information.

    International regulations

    The Automatic Exchange of Information

    What is the Automatic Exchange of Information?

    CAs a consequence of the financial crisis, the interest of the G20 to establish a global standard increased, which gave way in September 2013 to a formal petition to the OECD, in order to develop a common tax standard to combat tax evasion. .

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    Bank requirements regarding Information Exchange

    LThe EU passed a Directive requiring all financial institutions in the EEA (European Economic Area) to carry out due diligence procedures and automatically inform tax authorities about customers and account details.

    Corporate Structures

    What information will be exchanged?

    PFor the accounts of individuals or legal entities that are tax residents in a participating jurisdiction, the following information will be transmitted:

    • Identification information: name, tax identification number, date of birth and tax residence.

    • Financial account information: account number, account balance at the end of the previous year and gross income).

    International regulations

    The CRS: Common Reported Standard

    What is the Common Reported Standard?

    En the framework of global standards of international organizations, such as OECD and FATCA, the Common Reporting Standard (CRS) was introduced, which includes common due diligence procedures on the way in which tax information is exchanged between banks.

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    Who is affected by CRS?

    Lhe measures and rules established in the CRS affect any natural and / or legal person, with domicile in any jurisdiction participating in the CRS regulations. However, it mainly applies to the accounts of tax residents abroad.

    Corporate Structures

    What will the banks share?

    LBanks are obliged to provide: the identity of the account holder, account number, the balance of the account at the end of the year, income (interest, dividends, gross income, etc.).

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    What type of offshore banks are offered on the Internet?

    Basel III offshore banking

    The best
    • Se is about normal banks like Banco Santander, BBVA, Citibank or Standard Chartered, among others.
    • They follow the capitalization pillars, thus guaranteeing bank solvency and efficiency. They are the best banks, the safest and most reliable. An example of these would be private banking based in Switzerland or in Liechtenstein.
    • You may incur problems related to current international regulations such as KYC, CRS o Automatic Exchange of Information.
    • They have the highest international standards in terms of bank capitalization ratios.
    • They are in offshore jurisdictions. For example, BBVA has subsidiaries in Panama.
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    Non-Basel III offshore banking

    Second-class banking
    • Son local banks located in jurisdictions like Panama, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seychelles, Dominica o BVI.

    • They do not meet the capitalization and solvency ratios that meet those of Basel III. They are regulated by lower quality organizations. These are bank licenses granted in a jurisdiction by the competent local authority, but which require correspondent from other banks, usually Basel III banks, to access interbank communication and operate in certain areas. They have worse management and communication than the Basel III banks.

    • They could be considered 2nd or 3rd division banks.

    Pseudobank

    Electronic wallets and fake banks

    Melectronic onederos. This group includes all those activities that substitute credit or bank deposits or traditionally used means of payment. The difficulties are numerous because banking practices from one country to another vary and are not adapted to standard KYC policies. Consequently, the operations that the banking and non-banking financial institutions carry out in some countries are more limited, while in others there is a greater degree of freedom to carry out a large number of non-traditionally banking financial operations.

    False Banks FSP Licenses. When we talk about FSP Licenses, we refer to the Financial Service Providers or financial services licenses. These are special licenses, adapted to specific needs both when starting a business or a specific professional adventure in a country in the world, as well as in the creation of financial and savings companies.

    Bank scams

    ESerious scams are found on the Internet. They use countries such as the Comoros Islands to indicate that they have a banking license with the consequent β€œtrust” that they generate in the victim. However, there is no type of licensed bank located in this jurisdiction. They have been found to only sell fake bank accounts.

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