Offshore Company Formation

Offshore companies are companies that are incorporated in a jurisdiction different from the one where it carries out its business activities or companies incorporated in offshore financial centers. Offshore companies what some call a tax haven, referred to this term in a country which exempts from tax foreign investors who have bank accounts or set up companies in its territory. At that make no economic or commercial activity and are termed non- resident companies. These companies are controlled by foreign enterprises or individuals that conduct their business in other parts of the world and using the tax haven only as a legal address of the company.

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Set up a company in Dubai is not an easy way , An Offshore or International Business Company (IBC) is the one that are established across the boundaries of an individual’s nation. Normally offshore company setups are established in countries with a low tax or no tax. Nowadays people are looking forward to an offshore company set up because of several benefits. However, before knowing the benefits of an offshore company formation in UAE, you should know the difference between onshore and offshore companies.

Benefits of Offshore company in UAE.

Tax Minimization

The primary reason of incorporating an offshore company is minimizing the tax obligations of a business. UAE requires minimal taxes. VAT has recently been imposed in UAE from January 2018.However; this is applicable for onshore companies. Establishing a company in the offshore regions of UAE will not only provide offshore banking services, but the complete discretion of transactions lies within your company and its stakeholders. UAE offshore company registration also assures wealth privacy apart from tax savings.


Offshore companies are not asked to publish financial information or the details of directors and shareholders. Offshore financial jurisdictions will not reveal any information to a third party unless suspicious activities are suspected. UAE is one of the countries that don’t sign the treaty of disclosure under any given circumstances.

Bank Accounts in the UAE.

Another benefit of an offshore company setup is to open a multi-currency bank account in any local bank of UAE and enjoy a world-class banking facility for your business. We will assist you to set up a meeting with various bank executives; they will explain to you various bank policies benefits etc.

Lower Capital Requirement

Offshore company registration requires a minimal capital investment. In a few jurisdictions, there is no capital needed for registration.UAE does not require a specific amount nor does it provide a standard share capital.

Difference between onshore and offshore company.

  • Onshore companies are mainly used for local or domestic businesses purpose; however, offshore companies in UAE provide you with an opportunity to expand your business at an international level.
  • UAE onshore companies require you to shell out huge money in investments in the form of local sponsors, physical office space, and other costs such as registration and govt. fees. However, these costs can be saved up with offshore companies.
  • UAE Mainland and Free Zone onshore companies are applicable for VAT, but VAT is not applicable for offshore companies.
  • In addition, offshore companies offer a high level of confidentiality, which onshore companies don’t have.
  • Offshore countries may also offer a number of other financial benefits as many don’t require audits, monetary control, and specified use of services. A company owner is not obliged to put up in an offshore country for operating a business as opposed to onshore companies, and they will have complete ownership, too.

Other Benefits of the offshore company set up.

  • UAE jurisdiction provides a faster offshore company formation. Minimal time periods for offshore company registration in UAE is 3-7 days.
  • An offshore company is exempted from income tax, corporate tax, and personal tax.
  • An offshore company in UAE provides a higher level of confidentiality.
  • You’ll have flexible bank accounts. Bank accounts can support multiple currencies.
  • It is not obligatory for an investor to visit the authorities in order to incorporate the company. A registered agent can get the documents signed by the investor at his/ her office and complete the procedure.

List of activities included in the offshore license:

  • One Activity to General Trading
  • Consulting & Advisory Services
  • Holding Company
  • Investments and Joint Investments Company
  • Property Owning
  • International Services
  • Professional Services
  • Shipping and Ship Management Companies
  • Commission Agents Company
  • Intellectual Property Holding Company (IPHC), a subsidiary or sister company of global corporations that is set up to hold the companies’ IP (e.g. patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.)

Uses of an offshore company formation

Here are the typical uses of offshore companies.

Trading company

An offshore company has the liberty to accept orders directly from a purchaser and deliver goods to customers. The major benefit of having an offshore company is you can source and distribute goods. You will have a huge profit arising out of the difference between purchase and sale price. This money can be reinvested into other business or property.

Investment Holding Company

Offshore companies hold shares in other companies through equities, bonds, and real estate. These investments might be taxed in a particular jurisdiction where they are located. However, some countries offer tax-free bonds. If an offshore jurisdiction imposes tax liability on investments profits, tax rates are very low.

Finance companies

Finance companies help by providing loans and other types of financial services to individuals and corporations. These companies trade in bonds, stocks, and other securities. Offshore finance companies are registered in an offshore financial center. Offshore jurisdictions either charge no tax or very minimal tax. These taxes may differ from the standard corporation taxes and may result in savings in offshore bank accounts and for the investment of offshore equity, bonds, and mutual funds.

Professional Service Companies

Professionals who provide non-physical services contract an offshore firm to receive and process payments on their behalf. The greatest benefit of this offshore firm is the earned profits are not subjected to onshore taxation, and this can be reinvested in the business for generating more revenues.

Probate & Privacy

Individuals who have properties in many different countries may operate them through an offshore company setup. In this situation, probate, after the demise of the owner, would be applied according to the jurisdiction of a company. This, in turn, saves legal fees for everyone involved and also offers a higher level of privacy.