International banking has long included options for different businesses and commercial entities to establish accounts around the world. In some cases, the structures of those corporate bank accounts are like those used by individuals. What may differ is the requirements for establishing specific types of bank accounts in various offshore settings.
Here are some examples of different offshore corporate bank accounts and how they might benefit you.
Offshore Corporation Types
It’s not unusual for nations worldwide to have specific regulations that apply based on the type of corporate entity involved. This means that the requirements that an international business corporation must meet may differ slightly from what’s required of a limited liability corporation or a sole proprietorship.
When inquiring about bank accounts available for corporations, include information about how the company is set up. That will ensure the agent or bank official can provide information that applies to the client.
Whatever the business structure, offshore checking accounts are one of the most common and the most practical. Checking accounts can be used to receive payments from customers and issue payments to vendors. They can be set up to issue the payroll or cover tax obligations that apply in the nation where the accounts are based.
It’s not unusual for corporations to have multiple checking accounts, each devoted to specific purposes. One may be designated for payroll alone, while another is explicitly used for the receipt of payments. A third is used to remit payments to vendors. Funds can be transferred to the appropriate accounts quickly, making it easy to complete any pending tasks.
Basic Savings Accounts
Maintaining contingency funds with balances that can be accessed immediately is a must for corporations and individuals. It’s not unusual for a company with offshore interests to establish savings accounts that require minimum deposits while offering competitive interest rates. The money remains in the account unless needed to cover a temporary shortfall or some other unexpected event.
The beauty of having that savings account based at the same offshore bank as the checking accounts is how quickly you can move funds. Whatever the urgent need happens to be, you can address it in a matter of hours. This is true even if the accounts are managed remotely.
Corporate Investment Accounts
Investments are another way to build resources that can be used for emergencies or to fund future expansion. An offshore corporate investment account can be used for real estate holdings, securing stocks and bond issues that are not traded in the corporation’s country of origin, and any other monetary investment the company’s Board of Directors approves.
Here, the goal is to provide another layer of solvency for the company. Investments may not offer immediate access to funding, but they can be liquidated and used if needed. Meanwhile, they continue to increase in value and ensure the company can operate even if there is an interruption in the day-to-day function for some reason.
In many nations, corporate entities can purchase real estate. The property may be fully developed, or it could need restoration. It could be what’s sometimes called raw property, meaning that it’s never been developed in any way.
Offshore mortgage accounts provide access to revolving credit lines that make it easy to secure real estate. This real estate can include residential properties that will serve as rentals or commercial properties that house business operations. Often, the rates and terms offered by offshore mortgage providers will be competitive with anything the company owner could secure at home.
Demand Deposit Accounts
Some countries allow corporations to set up demand deposit accounts for immediate use of deposited funds. In other words, there’s no waiting for the deposits to be verified by the issuing banks. The funds can be withdrawn, transferred, or used in any way the moment that they are posted.
Such immediate access can be a helpful way to ensure there’s always money on hand to take care of debts promptly. By ensuring the offshore checking account, money market account, or savings account is structured as a demand deposit account, there’s no reason for payments to vendors or mortgages to be delayed. Think of what that means in terms of avoiding any late fees or penalties that would reduce the company’s net profits while increasing operational costs.
Offshore trust accounts are available to many types of corporations. Trusts establish resources that supply funding for specific purposes. For example, the trust may be set up expressly to provide pensions for employees after they retire. You can also use a trust for the corporation’s philanthropic efforts.
An offshore corporate trust can also be used as an asset when applying for credit or other funding. Since the resources contained in a trust are typically only released under specific instructions, they are considered stable assets. In other words, they make excellent security for commercial or industrial business loans.
Trusts are used for remitting dividends to investors who hold stock in the corporation. Payouts can be directed using funds transfers, supplying the documentation needed to confirm that all investors received what they were owed and when the transactions took place.
Not all forms of banking and finance account structures are available in every offshore location. When considering the merits of opening accounts in a specific country, look closely at the type of business accounts offered, the qualifications that apply, and any restrictions on their use. Doing so will ensure that the corporation can accomplish what your Board of Directors intended by opening those offshore accounts.
About The Author
Luigi Wewege is the Senior Vice President and Head of Private Banking of Caye International Bank, headquartered in Belize, Central America. Outside of the bank, he serves as an Instructor at the FinTech School in California, which provides online training courses on the latest technological and innovation developments within the financial services industry. Luigi is also the published author of The Digital Banking Revolution, available in audio, Kindle, and paperback formats throughout all major international online bookstores – now in its third edition.
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