Offshore Business Bank Account

Offshore bank account management is necessary. Simply opening an account offshore from which to transact is not enough, as many benefits can be derived from offshore banking, and these benefits can only be fully utilized if an offshore bank account is managed prudently.

First of all, an offshore bank account is opened for a reason. Whether an account serves to help lower tax liability, is used for business or simply to get more privacy, ensuring that that account fulfills its objectives largely depends on how it is managed.

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Many offshore banks have due diligence requirements that customers must adhere to in order to open an offshore bank account. Most of these requirements involve customer identification, as potential offshore bank account holders are all required to submit their names, addresses, information on source of funds and other financial data that the bank may require.

To open a bank account offshore these standards are important to ensure that offshore banking activity is healthy and conducted in a regulated environment. In some instances, an offshore bank may ask bank account applicants to submit a business description.

Offshore bank opening is a relatively simple process. There are certain documents that are requested, some of which may include the following:

  • A completed offshore bank account opening application form
  • A bank reference; from one or more banks
  • Personal/character references, as well as a professional reference
  • Addresses and names of the holders of the offshore bank account
  • In the case of a corporation, its registered address and certified copies of registration documents
  • A signed declaration of source of funds
  • Authorizing signatures of persons in whose names accounts are held and managed

Offshore bank accounts were once made available as anonymous accounts, but this type of service was terminated because of illegal activity worldwide. Currently, numbered offshore bank accounts are the accounts that are closest to achieving ‘full’ anonymity. A numbered bank account offshore provides anonymity to the extent that the name and personal details of the customer are not shared with regular bank tellers and general staff. Instead, numbered offshore account holders are identified by a number in the day to day business operations of the bank, while the name and personal data is known only by a certain group or number of bank staff members.

Bank accounts offshore can be held as personal or business accounts. This includes offshore trust accounts through which an offshore trust can be maintained. Pension funds and other trust schemes for families, groups and organisations can also be managed as offshore accounts. To governments in large corporations this eases the strain of foreign exchange as offshore bank accounts are usually denominated in different currencies.

By holding an offshore bank account in at least three major currencies (Euro, USD, GBP) or as may be needed (Yen, Canadian dollars etc.), transactions can be done directly without having to frequently exchange from currency to the other. This helps to gain more control over fluctuating exchange rates and ultimately saves money.

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