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Delaware Non-Resident LLC

Tax Haven Jurisdictions

Synopsis:

Boasts the most developed corporate and LLC law in the USA, Strong tradition of democracy and social inclusion. On a GNP per capita basis it is one of the world's 10 most wealthy nations. Unemployment is below 5%. Supported by a highly efficient and non-bureaucratic Division of Corporations. The preferred State of registration for over half of the Fortune 500 companies. Can provide a high degree of confidentiality.

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Location

Located south of New Jersey and close to Washington DC. First of the original States to ratify the Constitution in 1787. Geographical area: 3,618,770 sq. miles or approximately 36 times the size of the United Kingdom. Population: 300,000,000.

Relationship with the UK

In 1996, the Swiss electorate, despite strong government advocacy, declined to become part of the European Union. Nevertheless, the EU and Switzerland enjoy close relations and there is generally freedom of trade between it and the EU. Obtaining a Swiss Residency Permit is very difficult with no more than 8,000 to 10,000 being issued each year.

Tax Planning Credentials

Domestic LLC's - Internal Investment in the USA: Domestic LLC's can prove to be very effective corporate vehicles, particularly for non-American nationals. The reason for this is that they allow for non-US citizens/green cardholders to I benefit from 'fiscal transparency'. In simple terms, this means that the profits of a domestic LLC can pass through the company and be distributed directly to the foreign owners preventing the possibility of double taxation. The corporate equivalent, known as sub-chapter 'S' Corporations, do the same but can only be used by US citizens/green cardholders.

Companies: In the US there are basically two types of LLC, domestic and non-resident However, in addition there are also closed stock (i.e. private) and open stock (i.e. public) corporations, which are directly analogous to British/Irish private limited and public companies.

Non-resident LLC's: These need not be taxed on their world-wide income - such is the position for all other American corporate entities - provided both the certificate of formation and LLC agreement has been expertly drafted.

In fact, provided the company conducts no direct or indirect business in the USA and neither the managers, nominees and/or beneficial owner(s) are US citizens or green card holders there should be no US tax consequences provided there is genuine external management and control.

 

General LLC Benefits

  • Delaware is the most successful LLC jurisdiction in the USA.
  • The Certificate of Formation, articles of Organization (if applicable) and the LLC Agreement is remarkably flexible.
  • All legal documents supplied from the appropriate division of corporations can be quickly apostle pursuant to the Hague Convention of 1961.
  • Highly respectable and credible jurisdiction.
  • Delaware LLC's can be registered in as little as 2 working days.
  • Well-educated population.
  • Highly developed corporate and general law.
  • Excellent communications.
  • Prestige of having a US registered entity.
  • Low annual franchise taxes.
  • Fiscal transparency for both domestic and non-resident LLC's Ability of non-resident LLC's to be externally managed in low tax, tax-free or tax exempted jurisdictions.

Popular Options

  • Corporate Combined Register (Completed) & Company Seal: Taken by almost all our offshore clients, this includes all appropriate minutes, including where appropriate pre-signed transfer minutes, pre-prepared bearer or named share certificates, registers for members, directors, interests, allotments, transfers and of course your company's certificate of incorporation - Cost US$150.00.
  • Apostilling of company documentation pursuant to the Hague Convention of 1961: Many banks now require official company documents to be legally confirmed as original under the internationally accepted apostilling procedure which SMB can provide at the registration/pre-transfer stage of your company incorporation. Before ordering please confirm whether this process will be necessary with your bank - Please refer to fee schedule
  • Company administrators/nominee directors: In certain circumstances clients may wish to use the services of nominee directors/administrators as a method of separating themselves from their company and its contractual relationships with third parties. Alternatively, and/or in conjunction with the above it may also be necessary to establish real external management and control in order to maximise tax efficiency (please seek advise from your professional advisor). If you require this service we can arrange for third party nominees to administer your company and will take instructions directly from them. If you want more details on how this service works please contact us by e-mail, telephone or facsimile. Cost US$485.00.
  • If you have any other requirements please contact us by e-mail, telephone or facsimile as we can provide virtually all offshore services including recommending a bank that will accept standard/apostle company documentation.