, Offshore Banking expert for The Q Wealth Report
“Obama Plan Aims to Limit Use of Offshore Havens by Multinationals and the Wealthy” is the subheading of a Wall Street Journal article entitled Firms Face New Tax Curbs.
Hot on the heels of the crackdown on tax havens announced in the UK budget, President Obama today reveals what White House press officers are hyping as “a far-reaching crackdown on offshore tax avoidance and evasion, targeting many U.S.-based multinational corporations and wealthy individuals.”
Ironically this new attack does draw attention to the fact that there is a great benefit for American companies and wealthy individuals to going offshore completely legally. If you’ve been wondering whether all this “offshore stuff” is completely legal, here you have your answer!
The proposed changes, if they happen, will take place between 2011 and 2019. So how much money can you save by going offshore legally right now, starting with your 2009 tax bill, even if you have to make some changes over the coming decade?
As the article points out, however, the current tax system is actually very beneficial to American companies running business internationally. The pharmaceutical and technology industries are cited as particular beneficiaries, as are high net worth (HNW) individuals. Treasury and IRS officials acknowledge it has become much more commonplace in recent years for both businesses and individuals to take advantage of low taxes as well as lack of transparency in many offshore tax havens.
So going offshore may not be politically correct, but it certainly is legal and beneficial… and morally the right thing to do as well, if you don’t approve of what the government does with taxpayers’ billions. In this situation I’m reminded of the famous tax case judged by Judge Learned Hand that I quoted in the Practical Offshore Banking Guide 2009:
This decision became one of the bases of the US tax system at the IRS code.
Of course, it’s not an accident that the current tax system is very beneficial to American companies doing business overseas. The aim of previous governments that originally introduced this policy was to encourage American companies to do business overseas. Exports of goods and services were the mainstay of the American economy… until somewhere along the road the Chinese took over this role and the American economy became bloated by more and more money created out of thin air through dodgy banking transactions.
American technology firms like Microsoft or Google lead the world. Very likely if benefits like this had not been in place, they would not have decided to base themselves in the USA.
Obama, of course, knows this too… but he’s on the bandwagon at the moment trying to benefit from publicly cracking down against perceived abusers of the tax system.
Making it more difficult for these major pharmaceutical and technology firms to do business could be yet another disaster for the US economy. Microsoft alone has an economy bigger than many countries, and they are actually very well diversified geographically already. It would not take much to move their home base outside the USA, and I believe they would consider doing so in a flash if circumstances warranted it. Obama also doesn’t want to lose the likes of Microsoft and Google over a little publicity stunt, so he will have to take care.
Likewise, the High Net Worth investors who are sophisticated enough to be doing offshore are likely the ones who are actually creating wealth for the American economy. They are to be encouraged. If they leave the USA, the USA will be the loser, not the individuals.
So what will come of this? Frankly not much I believe. It is hype, designed to appeal to the masses, circulated by the mass media. To scare people off unsophisticated tax evasion tactics like having unreported personal offshore bank accounts … puehhlease!!!
People who read The Q Wealth Report know better than to believe the hype or break the law. We explain exactly how you can benefit from going offshore legally. We even offer a free five part course so if you are not yet amongst the super wealthy HNWs, you can become one. Module 1 of our free Secrets of the Super Rich course is about Offshore Banking. This one and the other four modules will allow you, in about ten minutes a day, to gain a new perspective of the world we live in – and the way you can prosper within it. We will show you ways you can legally create wealth offshore because of the recession – not in spite of it.
As I said at the beginning, this new attack does draw attention in no uncertain terms to the fact that there is a great benefit for American companies and wealthy individuals to going offshore completely legally. How much money can you save by going offshore legally right now, even if you have to make some changes over the coming decade? Start today with the Secrets of the Super Rich and The Q Wealth Report