Hoyt Barber, Author and Consultant

Tax Havens Today

The Benefits and Pitfalls of Banking and Investing Offshore


Tax Havens TodayAnyone interested in “going offshore” in terms of their finances and investments needs to understand every aspect of this process in order to succeed. No one knows this better than international tax haven and offshore financial specialist Hoyt Barber. Fifteen years have passed since Barber first published one of the most well-rounded guides to the financial benefits and pitfalls of going offshore. Since that time, much has changed, yet little has been done to help you navigate this attractive, but complex, environment—until now.

Filled with in-depth insight and expert advise, Tax Havens Today (ISBN #0-470-05123-X) arms you with the knowledge, strategies, and contacts needed to avoid expensive mistakes and make the most of your offshore endeavors. Divided into four comprehensive parts, this timely resource will bring you completely up-to-speed on a variety of issues that anyone must be familiar with if aspiring to go offshore.

Using Tax Havens Today as your guide, you’ll learn how to:

  1. Locate a diverse selection of offshore banking and investment options for any size investor as well as offshore tax planning and investment strategies.
  2. Reduce taxes, defer taxes, and invest tax-free, while simultaneously protecting your assets and planning your estate—all from offshore.
  3. Weigh the advantages and drawbacks of forty important tax havens.
  4. Use twelve proven criteria to make intelligent decisions on the best tax havens for your particular situation.
  5. Further pursue the exploration of tax-advantaged offshore retirement havens – and other countries with strong appeal to aspiring investors and expatriates.

Tax Havens Today also contains over 500 contacts, including names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses and web sites of the most important investment, banking, legal and financial advisors in the world—all divided by tax haven or other jurisdiction—and a brief description of their areas of expertise.

While governments may have the right to collect taxes, you also have the right to protect your financial sovereignty. Written in a straightforward and accessible style, Tax Havens Today will help you find everything you need to get started on the road to legally reducing taxes, sheltering assets, increasing profits, and living a better life.


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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be a millionaire to take advantage of today’s tax havens. In order to go offshore with your finances and investments all you need is the proper information and guidance.

Author Hoyt Barber is a renowned tax haven and offshore financial specialist, and in Tax Havens Today he draws from his own professional experiences to help you make the most of your offshore endeavors.

Divided into four comprehensive parts, this informative guide will help you:

  1. Avoid expensive mistakes and stay within the boundaries of the law.
  2. Reduce taxes, defer taxes, and invest tax-free.
  3. Discover lucrative investment opportunities available only offshore.
  4. Find and contact some of the most important offshore investment, banking and financial advisors in the world.
  5. Explore profiles of today’s top forty tax haven jurisdictions.
  6. Decide on alternative places to live or retire—over ninety expatriate friendly countries are profiled.
  7. And much more.

Filled with unparalleled knowledge and invaluable insights, Tax Havens Today will bring you completely up-to-speed on a variety of issues that anyone aspiring to go offshore must be familiar with in order to succeed.


Table of Contents

Tax Havens Today:
The Benefits & Pitfalls of Banking & Investing Offshore (ISBN #0-470-05123-X)
Preface

PART ONE: The Offshore Controversy

  1. Why Are So Many People “Going Offshore?”
  2. Whipping the Taxpayers Into Shape
  3. The Big Squeeze
  4. The Changing World of Tax Havens
  5. The International Dragnet
  6. The Global Laundromat
  7. The Tax Police
  8. Barbarians at the Gate

PART TWO: Building a Solid Offshore Financial Fortress

  1. The Benefits of Going Offshore
  2. Best Strategies for Going Offshore
    1. Personal and Financial Lifestyle Changes
    2. Expatriating
    3. The $80k Annual Loophole
    4. New Citizenship and Renouncing Your U.S. Citizenship
  3. Eight Ways to Sunday
    1. Residence
    2. Domicile
    3. Citizenship
    4. Marital Status
    5. Income
    6. Assets
    7. Beneficiaries
    8. Timing is Everything
  4. T-7 Tax Havens: The “Green List” of the World’s Best Tax Havens
    1. Switzerland
    2. Liechtenstein
    3. Austria
    4. Panama
    5. Nevis
    6. Belize
    7. Hong Kong
  5. Selecting the Best Tax Haven for Your Plans
    1. Tax Structure
    2. Political and Economic Stability
    3. Exchange Controls
    4. Treaties
    5. Government Attitude
    6. Modern Corporation Laws
    7. Communication and Transportation
    8. Banking, Professional and Support Services
    9. Legal System
    10. Secrecy and Confidentiality
    11. Investment Incentives and Opportunities
    12. Location
  6. Establishing an Offshore Presence Without Leaving Home
    1. The Overseas Mail Drop
    2. Creating a Legal Business Entity
  7. Offshore Business Structures
    1. The International Business Company (IBC) and other Offshore Companies
    2. Other Types of Companies: The Exempt Company; The Non-Resident Company; The Hybrid Company; The Liechtenstein Anstalte; Limited Liability Company; Offshore Partnerships
    3. The Offshore Bank
    4. Ship and Yacht Registration: “Flags-of-Convenience”
    5. Other Offshore Vehicles: Investment Funds; Insurance Companies; Offshore Internet Casinos; more
  8. Secrets of Offshore Banking
    1. Offshore Bank Accounts; Personal and Corporate
    2. Offshore Credit Cards and Debit Cards
    3. Tax-Free Compounded Interest
    4. Back-to-Back Loans
    5. Personal Asset Management
  9. Offshore Financial & Investment Strategies
    1. Offshore Managed Commodity Account
    2. Offshore Investment Funds
    3. Precious Metal Certificates
    4. Gold-Backed Electronic Currency
    5. Eurobonds
    6. Offshore Physical Storage; Offshore Safe Deposit Box
    7. Foreign Real Estate
  10. Offshore Estate Planning
    1. Offshore Variable Annuities
    2. Trusts, Asset Protection Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Liechtenstein Foundation, and the Anglo-Saxon Foundation
    3. Offshore Life Insurance
    4. The Offshore Will
  11. The Swiss Angle
    1. Swiss Bank Account
    2. Personal Portfolio Management
    3. The Swiss Annuity
    4. Premium Deposit Account
    5. The Portfolio Bond
    6. Tax-Deferred Gold Accumulation
    7. Tax-Free Money Market Account
    8. The Swiss Company
  12. Placing Your Assets Offshore; Avoiding Fraudulent Transfers
  13. Offshore Business
    1. Starting and Operating an Offshore Business
    2. Offshore E-Commerce Business
  14. International Tax Planning
    1. The Pentapus
    2. Controlled Foreign Corporation (CFC)
    3. Foreign Personal Holding Company (FPHC)
    4. Passive Foreign Investment Company (PFIC)
    5. Accumulated Earnings
    6. Reporting Requirements of U.S. Citizens
    7. Structuring
    8. Tax Treaties
  15. Offshore Privacy
  16. Offshore Caveat

PART THREE: Today's Tax Havens

  1. Introduction to Today’s Tax Havens
  2. Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs)
  3. Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs)
  4. Profiles of Individual Tax Havens; Hundreds of Professional and Financial Contacts in over 40 Tax Havens:
    1. Andorra
    2. Anguilla
    3. Antigua & Barbuda
    4. Aruba
    5. Austria
    6. Bahamas
    7. Bahrain
    8. Barbados
    9. Belize
    10. Bermuda
    11. British Virgin Islands (BVI)
    12. Brunei Daraussalam
    13. Campione (Italy)
    14. Cayman Islands
    15. Channel Islands: Guernsey & Jersey
    16. Cook Islands
    17. Cyprus
    18. Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    19. Gibraltar
    20. Grenada
    21. Hong Kong (China)
    22. Isle of Man
    23. Labuan (Malaysia)
    24. Liechtenstein
    25. Luxembourg
    26. Madeira
    27. Malta
    28. Mauritius
    29. Monaco
    30. Netherlands
    31. Netherland Antilles
    32. Panama
    33. St. Kitts & Nevis
    34. St. Vincent
    35. Seychelles
    36. Singapore
    37. Switzerland
    38. Turks & Caicos
    39. Vanuatu
    40. Western Samoa
  5. Important Investment, Business and Legal Advisors—Contacts in Non-Tax Haven Countries
    1. Canada
    2. United Kingdom
    3. United States

PART FOUR: Resources—The Big Picture & Beyond

  1. What Next?
  2. Offshore Citizenship and Retirement Opportunities
    1. Dominica
    2. St. Kitts & Nevis
    3. Profiles of Retirement Havens and Foreign Residency, including Tourist Stay, Passport/Residency, Taxes, Embassy and Website on Andorra, Argentina, Austria, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Campione (Italy), Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, St. Kitts-Nevis, Switzerland, Turks & Caicos Islands, Uruguay, United Kingdom.
    4. More Countries to Investigate
  3. Travel Destinations
  4. Offshore Reading
  5. Offshore Reference Works
  6. Newsletters
  7. Travel Books
  8. Travel Bookstores & Map Dealers
  9. Travel Information
  10. Financial Information and Business Opportunities
  11. Bank Resources
  12. Anti-Surveillance and Privacy Sources
  13. Books of Interest
  14. Publishers of Thought Provoking and Hard-to-Find Information
  15. Periodicals
  16. Real Estate
  17. Expat Information
  18. Expat Books
  19. Retirement Resources
  20. Health Insurance for Expatriates
  21. Organizations
  22. Online Resources
  23. Government Websites
  24. Government Publications
  25. Financial and Investment Service Contacts
  26. Immigration Services
  27. Worldwide Serviced Offices
  28. Overseas Mail Drops and Serviced Offices
  29. Offshore Financial Services
  30. Offshore Dossier: Your Passport to the World’s Last Frontiers of Personal and Financial Freedom
  31. Offshore Evaluation Service (OES)
  32. Author Biography

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