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Benefits of offshore banking: why you need an offshore bank account

Article provided Sunbiel Corporate Services

Considered for decades to be reserved for financial experts, investors, multinationals or High-Net-Worth Individuals, offshore banking continues to gain in popularity. Today, the opportunity to bank internationally is accessible to individuals looking to take advantage of the benefits of offshore banking. You are considering opening an offshore bank account. This guide will take you through the benefits that you can avail by banking in a foreign country.

The benefits of offshore banking

Offshore banking offers a plethora of benefits:

  1. A secure way of managing your wealth;
  2. Growing your investments;
  3. Privacy and confidentiality of information assured;
  4. Protecting your assets;
  5. Diversifying your assets;
  6. Conducting safe and secure international transactions;
  7. Online Banking Services;
  8. Protecting the estate of the consumer from inheritance taxes (Mauritius);
  9. Easy access of funds;
  10. Foreign Exchange Services;
  11. Personal freedom managing funds;
  12. Protection from potential devaluation of currencies, inflation, deflation and economic instability;
  13. Offshore banks are safe, reliable in Mauritius;
  14. Flexibility of bank accounts; and
  15. Access to more liquidity

In summary, offshore banks in Mauritius offer banking services such as:

  1. Special Investment openings;
  2. International Bank Account Numbers;
  3. Fixing currency prices;
  4. Consumer Protection Policies;
  5. Multicurrency Accounts;
  6. Multi-currency automatic bill payment; and
  7. Discounted International Payments.

Offshore banking is also attributed with protection of your assets, conducting international transactions with ease, wealth management and privacy. In some countries, the Consumer Protection Policy protects your deposited wealth in case a bank goes bankrupt or in case of a financial crisis. Privacy is a guaranteed advantage of offshore banking. In Mauritius, your personal banking information and banking transactions stay private and confidential.

One of the core benefits of offshore banking are tax incentives. Mauritius has a unique tax rate of 15% for both corporate and individual income. However, Global Business Companies can benefit from a Foreign Tax Credit. Other incentives include no Foreign Exchange Control, no Withholding Tax, no Capital Gains Tax and a wide-ranging network of Double Taxation Agreements.

Offshore banks in Mauritius are regulated by international standards with stable credit ratings, which makes it one of the best African countries for offshore banking. Additionally, offshore banking in Mauritius among the few in Africa that promotes the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) system. IBAN makes it simpler for individuals who have similar accounts to transact with each other more effectively.

Other benefits of some offshore banks include:

What you need to know about offshore banking

Offshore banking is a way to manage your money with convenience while you are abroad. It is not drastically different from a local bank account opened in your country of residence. The major variances comes in the country where the bank is located, as well as the types of banking services offered in that country.

The reputation of the jurisdiction of the offshore bank also plays a key role in attracting investors and High-Net-Worth Individuals. Economically and politically stable, Mauritius – Africa’s leading jurisdiction – also attracts international banks that offers premium services to global investors.

Why choose Mauritius for offshore banking:

It is crucial to note that offshore banking is legal. It is easy to be swindled or misinformed by offshore banking uses and practices. Illegal practices lead to severe penal sentences and can even result in jail. For transparency, offshore banks commonly request the sources of the income when funds are deposited on the account.

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