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Substance and De-offshorization

Contributed by Europe Emirates Group
05 March, 2019

The Challenge

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)is currently committed to a process called 'de-offshorization' which, in real terms, calls for a complete dismantling of the offshore corporate sector.

In line with this initiative, the OECD has ramped up its Common Reporting Standards (CRS) technology and has sent committees to many small economies to push for the implementation of the global action plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS).

These actions mean that countries that do not implement BEPS will be blacklisted. The fallout of this initiative has already affected the British Virgin Islands, St Vincent, the Grenadines, Belize, and the Seychelles.

Many more countries have begun to dismantle their offshore tax legislation and now insist on substance or taxation, or both.

The Solution: Redomicilation

The immediate solution is to redomicile from countries that are changing their tax rules to countries that don't intend to change their tax rules - or move to destinations that already have a system in place that satisfies the OECD.

The long-term goal is to also provide substance to the extent that your company will be recognised as a centre of management of your business.

A further related solution is the use of the trust. So far and in the near future, the OECD does not have a policy of blacklisting or attacking jurisdictions that have a comprehensive and well-accepted trust regime in place.


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