About Liechtenstein offshore and jurisdiction

About Liechtenstein

The Principality of Liechtenstein is a central European state surrounded by Switzerland and Austria. 36,000 inhabitants on an area of 160 km2 populate this country. Its capital is Vaduz. It is one of only two states in the world (with Uzbekistan) to be doubly landlocked, which means it has no access to the sea and is surrounded by two countries who do not themselves have access to the sea.

It is the richest and smallest country in the German-speaking countries. His political system is a constitutional monarchy. Liechtenstein is divided into two regions: Unterland and Oberland. It is one of the European states in which the mechanisms of direct democracy are the most important. This state is a member of the European Economic Area, the European Free Trade Association and the Schengen area, but not the European Union.

Although Liechtenstein is limited in natural resources, its economy, based on liberal principles, is very prosperous. The country’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the world and in return, GDP per capita is among the highest in the world. The tertiary sector, particularly the financial sector, is the most important sector in the country. It can be noted that Liechtenstein has no debt. It even has a negative debt that serves as a “reserve”.

Taxation in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein is often considered by tax hells (France, Spain) a tax haven. However, although taxation is advantageous, it is nothing compared to a tax almost non-existent, as in the United Arab Emirates for example. Indeed, in Liechtenstein, the tax rate on companies varies from 12.5% to 18% and can be negotiable according to the municipalities. The tax on interest is zero and the tax on dividends is 4%, low rate compared to its European neighbours. Payroll taxes paid by an employer are 5%. Finally, The VAT is 4%.

Legal, financial and political stability makes the difference with other tax jurisdictions. In addition, the flexibility and modernity of the legislation attracts companies and explains the presence of large numbers of companies in the territory. It is important to note that Liechtenstein and France are not bound by a double taxation agreement.

Liechtenstein was a known jurisdiction for tax evasion and money laundering. Today, the country has decided to reinvent itself and fight against this evasion and laundering by becoming a State that cooperates with others in tax matters. It thus renounced attracting undeclared capital. From this year onwards, it will apply the automatic exchange of information with the other signatory countries. The government wants to focus on the primary goal of offshore companies: protection, fructification and securitization of financial assets.

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The banks of Liechtenstein are numerous and are among the largest in the world. The banking sector in Liechtenstein is stable and secure. No bank in the country has indeed suffered from the economic crisis, which is why it has always kept its maximum rating “AAA”. The conditions for opening an offshore bank account in the country are quite low in comparison with other tax jurisdictions. Nevertheless, it is important to know that the initial deposit requested by the majority of banks is high, as is the minimum monthly balance on the account.

FBS Banking™ has noted your growing interest in this jurisdiction and has therefore developed a partnership with a major investment bank in Liechtenstein belonging to one of the most prestigious financial conglomerates. Its expertise in wealth management and wealth will bring you solutions tailored to your need for protection and fructification of your assets. You will then be able to benefit from a multi-currency account, an eBanking platform to manage your account remotely, a secure international bankcard and a personal management and investment advisor.

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