, Offshore Banking Expert for The Q Wealth Report
To judge from my inbox, the grandstanding by G20 leaders and the OECD is having its desired effect. In fact, it has two aims:
- Publicity that portrays Brown, Obama and Sarkozy in a positive light while distracting voters from all the problems at home, caused by bankers in their home countries.
- Scaring people off investing money in tax haven banks (ie, those banks in countries where banking secrecy is written into the law).
Of course, we cannot afford to dismiss the new OECD blacklists out of hand. But neither should we panic. And above all we should not be rushed into decisions that could cause problems down the line. Strategy for building wealth offshore should be well thought out for the long term. If you are one of the many who are concerned that your tax and offshore banking arrangements may not stand up to new scrutiny, then you should be taking some action now to put things right – but not panicking. We are happy to refer our readers informally to appropriate professionals.
Tax evasion through offshore personal bank accounts really is a thing of the past. It’s been passe for years. It’s not a particularly attractive business for any tax haven bank because it has the potential to cause lots of problems for relatively little reward. There are so many ways you can legally protect your privacy without having to rely on bank secrecy. For those who are interested, I’ve written a more in-depth article on the subject of the G20, the OECD and Banking Secrecy here.
We never have and never will promote tax evasion in The Q Wealth Report. We believe in full compliance with all applicable laws. That is what we write about consistently, and we have done so for well over a decade. Our view is that offshore banking is just one essential part of an overall long term strategy. Most of the clients I deal with these days are not motivated so much by tax (although that is obviously one of their concerns.) Most people are going offshore these days motivated more by security, asset protection, and the much better opportunities that exist offshore to profit from the recession. You can work, invest, retire or live in the world’s best tax havens.
My clients detest instrusive, Big Brother style governments. They subscribe to the view that attempts to redistribute wealth will simply end up redistributing taxpayers, who are increasingly voting with their feet. Our belief is that it’s much better to be living legally tax-free in a low-cost, healthy, tropical paradise… earning your living or managing your investments over the internet from a secure country where banking service and secrecy still go hand in hand. Meanwhile you can watch on TV as things get worse and worse in G20 countries, rather than watching from your window!
I’ve always written that if you need to rely on banking secrecy to protect yourself, you might as well give up. By that I mean that if you want to protect your assets, you should hide them where they cannot be found. You should take care to avoid any and all paper trails leading to them. If nobody knows where to find your stash of cash, nobody will ask your offshore bank about you. That is true secrecy. If the taxman knows where your money is, it’s already too late.
I imagine some people will be reading this article as first time visitors to The Q Wealth blog, who are keen right now to know what banks and countries are safe to invest in. Well my basic advice is to wrap everything in secure offshore corporate structures (for example, Belize or Panamanian corporations). Do this through reputable professionals who respect security – not through internet merchants competing to provide the lowest price, who just want to sell you a stack of papers and then move on to the next case (until it is time to charge your annual renewal fee).
If you feel that your financial arrangements are not watertight, then now is a good time to start taking a look at them. Offshore banking is one important aspect of any overall financial privacy and asset protection structure – it is covered in our free e-book The Practical Offshore Banking Guide 2009. Then, you should be looking at other wealth preservation and alternative investment strategies – for example, we have another free e-book covering Precious Metals Investments. Gold Bullion is one of the most secure, inflation-proof investments, and in the e-book we tell you how you can legally buy and store it offshore. Oh, and did I mention that there is absolutely no requirement to report gold bullion on your tax returns?
Then there are many other things you can do to protect your assets and help them grow. Consider second residency or even a second passport. By now we are getting more in to intangibles. Second passports can increase your security and flexibility. Then again, they could solve any OECD/G20 banking secrecy problems at a stroke! By changing your citizenship to a neutral country that does not tax its expatriates, you can give your asset portfolio and offshore bank account a new lease of privacy.
Of course, in this article we can only scratch the surface. The good news is that in our quarterly Q Wealth Report newsletter you will benefit from our first hand reporting and updating of news affecting your offshore investments. We don’t just get our information from the internet. I myself spent last week flying around Europe for a series of meetings with high level bankers and tax haven government officials, because I know the things they say off the record often mean more than the committments they make on the record.
As a subscriber to Q Wealth Report, not only do you obtain instant access to those two e-books plus a series of other special reports and white papers, but you will have access on an ongoing basis to this unique first-hand insight that I don’t believe you will find anywhere else. You will also have privileged access to our network of Q Wealth Experts. These are people located around the world who know and understand, live and breathe, freedom, wealth and privacy.
With the right team on your side, the latest OECD efforts really are “much ado about nothing.”