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Old Oct 15, 2004, 2:11pm   #1
 
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Forex tax haven question

Hello everybody
I have researched about the tax issues regarding forex trading;
(eg I pay income tax not CGT because of frequency of my trades)

what I was wondering was...
If I leave the UK in new tax year and become resident in Tax haven e.g.Antigua, Tallokiki, Monaco and continue to trade using PCs and online brokers , like most of you,
(still retaining Brit citizenship), does the direct access aspect of Forex trading have any bearing
on whether I have to pay tax or not (e.g. to UK ). Can't get clarity on this.

Would really appreciate any info!
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Old Oct 15, 2004, 3:19pm   #2
 
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You dont need to leave the country.

You can create an offshore company. And trade from here. You wont pay tax on profits
as its not your money (its the companies money).

After a few years you can move to an offshore haven and take your money out of the company and spend it. But you might not be able to move back to UK for a years after...

Note im not a Tax expert so the above could be all wrong, do your own research.
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Old Oct 15, 2004, 4:05pm   #3
 
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Donaldduke has hit the nail on the head. 'Offshoring' yourself isn't the preserve of large companies and, frankly, it makes sense for anybody that generates more than a few grand a year in tax.

Check out http://www.offshoreconsultants.co.uk

It's surpisingly straightforward to get a company incorporated in, for example, the Caymen Islands (big windy hurricane thingy permitting) alongside a bank account in Denmark (including Cashpoint card) with all the Directors in the UK. None of these countries, plus many others, have any formal jursidiction arrangements with each other, so you get the choice to use Gordon Brown's lost revenue to buy the Aston Martin DB9 you (possibly) deserve.
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Old Aug 11, 2005, 8:34pm   #4
 
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You dont need to leave the country.

You can create an offshore company. And trade from here. You wont pay tax on profits
as its not your money (its the companies money).

After a few years you can move to an offshore haven and take your money out of the company and spend it. But you might not be able to move back to UK for a years after...

Note im not a Tax expert so the above could be all wrong, do your own research.
yep those are some very good ideas and i believe they are all legal

starter of this thread should research this point and talk to a professional tax accountant
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Old Aug 11, 2005, 9:18pm   #5
 
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although if you do want to move to warmer climes, dubai and monaco are two nice sunny places i've visited and know of off the top of my head that have zero income tax rates.

but why move if you can have an offshore setup with no tax anyway. then you can live anywhere.
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Old Aug 11, 2005, 9:21pm   #6
 
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oh yes. you can move anywhere and tell the Inland Revenue you are no longer resident, but if you move back to the UK within 12 months of declaring non-residency, you are liable for UK tax on all earnings from whenever you made the declaration.

Outside of the 12 months, you are free of uk tax obligations.
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 4:25am   #7
 
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why move if you can have an offshore setup with no tax anyway. then you can live anywhere.
Are you guys sure about this?!?! I mean, if it was easy as opening up an offshore company with an associated offshore bank, wouldn't everyone be doing this? Why would people even pay tax?!?!
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Old Mar 3, 2007, 9:58pm   #8
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Are you guys sure about this?!?! I mean, if it was easy as opening up an offshore company with an associated offshore bank, wouldn't everyone be doing this? Why would people even pay tax?!?!
If you pay yourself, you will be taxed on that as a UK resident, but if you want to re-invest your profits, it is a good way to do this without taxman interference.

Note UK tax authorities have recently stopped companies from using a CFC (controlled foreign company) for tax avoidance. It is only a matter of time before they stop individuals doing the same thing.

Disclaimer: I may or may not know what I'm talking about. Please check it for yourself.
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Old Mar 4, 2007, 4:53am   #9
 
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Done some more research on this whole offshore company business. It all seems a bit messy.

It looks like the easiest way is just to leave the UK, become a resident in a tax haven like Dubai, and just trade from there.
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Old Mar 12, 2007, 10:55am   #10
 
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Hong Kong has no tax on investments as long as they are personal & not for a trade or business - also no vat gst or import duty
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Old May 6, 2007, 8:32pm   #11
 
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But didn't the UK just say that they won't be taxing foreign income in order to attract more companies to the UK?
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Old Feb 19, 2008, 8:11pm   #12
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I am a bit confused... doesn't the UK have any form of anti-avoidance rules? Wouldn't setting up an offshore company but still performing the trading itself from within the UK mean that the offshore company has no valid raison d'Ítre except to avoid paying your annual taxes?

Wouldn't trading from the UK also imply that the management AND operations of the company are being performed in the UK itself? does that not actually matter to the UK Tax Authorities?

Is the UK some kind of oddity in allowing this, or is this in fact common in many European countries?

What does Gordon Brown being tougher on rich people who offshore mean? I thought I saw something in the news a while back about the UK cracking down on rich people using offshore companies... but what were they doing that was illegal and different than the advice given in this thread?

I find this stuff fascinating, so if anyone can shed some light it would be much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old Feb 19, 2008, 10:10pm   #13
 
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I think they make sure it sounds complicated so the tax lawyers can get work lol if it was all straight forward, everyone would be doing it but because it's not, you must be able to afford the high fee's of the tax assistants.
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Old Feb 22, 2008, 3:18pm   #14
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Don't know what it's like for a Brit offshoring a company while remaining a resident of Britain and working out of Britain, but I definitely know that in Germany for example that would not work.

Live and work in Germany, you pay taxes in Germany, and having or not having an offshore company is totally irrelevant.

The only way having a firm in Monaco etc allows you to not pay taxes in Germany is if you are a resident of Monaco.

I think there are a lot of very dodgy "advisors" out there that may well try and make a quick buck off of gullible prey, but for Germany at least the reality is extremely straightforward and simple, for a German resident an offshore company offers no benefits, not on the right side of the law.

One thing I do know about Britain which most Brits probably don't realize is that the good news is that you are a veritable tax haven.

Yup.

Bad news is that that applies only to foreigners I'm afraid.

Switzerland has a very similar arrangement.

Foreigners can have an offshore trading company in Monaco or the Virgin Islands etc while living in and trading out of the UK or Switzerland.

And you only pay taxes on that money that you "import" to spend.

The rest of your profits that you generated but do not spend in the UK / Switzerland remains tax free, even if you spend them outside of the UK / Switzerland.

"The UK is a tax haven for people of foreign domicile, even if they are UK resident (residence and domicile being separate legal concepts in the UK), in that they pay no tax on foreign income so long as it is not remitted to the UK."
Tax haven - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pretty clever, as that attracts some seriously rich people who spend lots of money in your country.
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Old Feb 22, 2008, 8:27pm   #15
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regarding UK some subtle - yet expensive - changes are in the works. Regarding CH its not as easy: You are taxed on the assumption, that your income is a minimum of 5 times your annual rental expenses ( which are expensive over here - only topped by London). And that tax is fixed - profits or loss or illness - no deductions.

And for german nationals the german authorities will claim an additional tax for some 6 years (Łberdachende Besteuerung) to collect the difference to the highest german tariff (like Steuerklasse 1 no kids - even if you giot a bunch of those).

ANd finally: the germans practised the very same system until 198? .

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