There is a symbiosis between the internet and offshore because they both, of their nature, facilitiate tax avoidance. Businesses which can operate on the internet without, so to speak, touching ground in a high-tax jurisdiction will naturally migrate to offshore jurisdictions; while businesses that already have offshore existence will find it highly convenient to be able to use the Internet to trade with their high-tax customers without having to make a landing in their countries.
By locating websites in offshore jurisdictions to carry out functions previously based in high-tax jurisdictions such as sales and marketing, treasury management, supply of financial services, and most of all, the supply of digital goods such as music, video, training, software etc, businesses can take advantage of low rates of taxation for increasingly substantial parts of their operation.
Given its location in the centre of the Americas, and the popularity of its offshore legislation, Belize is strongly favoured to become a centre of e-commerce activity. For information about the impact of e-commerce on a number of the main offshore activities which take place in Belize, click on a link below to go to our specialist E-commerce site Offshore-e-com.com
Sales and Distribution of Physical Products
Sales and Distribution of Digital Products
Banking and Financial Services (including Investment Funds)
Corporate Support Functions
To see an analysis of the current state of legal and tax issues surrounding offshore e-commerce, click here.