Although the Dominican Republic is not typically regarded as a tax haven, that is actually one of its attractions. Unlike traditional offshore centres, it has not been under pressure from the likes of the OECD, the G20 and the Obama administration. The Dominican Republic has a territorial tax system much like Panama’s, meaning that you can live there and enjoy the beaches tax free, provided your income comes from outside the country. It’s also known as one of the more liberal places for those seeking a second passport or citizenship.
The following is an edited version of an article by Rob Montes appeared in last week’s Q Bytes, our free newsletter. If you are not yet on the distribution list, sign up here: Free Q Bytes Membership to receive more exclusive content like this on a weekly basis.
Three Good Reasons to Consider the Dominican Republic for Second Passports and Offshore Investing
The more I learn about the Dominican Republic, the more I like it and see potential. Learning more was my original purpose in studying its national history. Right now the country has three things about it that would be particularly appealing to our members:
- Tax Haven – Dominican Republic has a territorial tax system, meaning that if you live there, you would only be subject to pay taxes if you had local income. You can earn what you like outside the country and you don’t even have to declare it, yet alone pay any taxes. This applies to both individuals and companies.
- Second Passports – Dominican Republic is one of the most liberal countries when it comes to granting citizenship through naturalization. After two years of residence, you can ask for a passport. As long as you haven’t done anything to upset the President, he will sign a decree making you a citizen. Absences of up to one year at a time don’t affect your residency status. This liberal naturalization law dates back to 1948, and there is much talk of it changing soon. Dual citizenship is allowed.
Note: Please do not confuse the Dominican Republic with the Commonwealth of Dominica. The Commonwealth of Dominica is a small, English-speaking island state with an established economic citizenship (second passport) program catering mainly to the super wealthy. The Dominican citizenship program requires an investment of hundreds of thousands of dollars. With Dominican Republic, however, you could likely obtain your second passport for as little as $10,000 – $15,000 plus the two year wait.
- Liveability – Dominican Republic is a good place to live. First of all, it’s affordable. The tax exemption you get in the Bahamas by buying a half-million-dollar property you get almost for free here. The capital, Santo Domingo, is a modern cosmopolitan city with a beautiful colonial heart. The Spanish colonised it, then the Americans were mainly responsible for the development of the city. The country’s second city Santiago, and the beautiful north coast, were only joined by decent roads built by the Americans in the 1920s. Before that, the north was almost a separate country – trading more with the British and Germans. Today there is a substantial Jewish population up there, and parts where French and Italian are frequently spoken. So there’s really something for everybody.
Dominican Republic has not been high on the traditional lists of places to retire to, that are hyped on the internet. This might be a good thing. Real estate is good value, it’s relatively easy to immigrate and obtain citizenship, and the business environment is nearly as favorable as the climate!
We will be in Dominican Republic next month and if any subscribers would like to get together, feel free to e-mail me. We can also recommend a special VIP immigration processing service, so you can get your initial residence by spending as little as one day in the country.