Tax Haven, the term is most often used when it comes to Offshore Companies, low tax jurisdictions and tax avoidance. To simplify what a Tax Haven is you will want to know that countries like the Seychelles, Bahamas, BVI, Bermuda, Cyprus Malta, and Panama etc. are all best known of to be Tax Havens.
Those countries and many more have the privilege to be TAX free, means a company registered in such an Tax Haven is first of all also called an Offshore Company further to they will not pay any corporate tax on net profits at all, most often they can also be registered with Nominee Directors and Shareholder, Bearer Shares and the beneficial owner of such an Offshore Company located in such an Tax Haven can only hardly be traced down.
It is important to know, that it is not illegal to own an Offshore Company located in a Tax Haven as long as you structure it legally and pay your taxes in the country where you live.
Tax Havens are also used to be known for activities which have a look and feel of illegal activities and doubtful investment schemes as well as many other activities where “big money” is involved. However, as mentioned above it is not illegal to have an offshore company in a Tax Haven as long as you pay the TAX in your home country, doing it the right way can still help you in Tax planning matters and reduce your income tax or corporate tax significantly.
What you will like to know, also, even if it looks like an easy task to incorporate a company in a Tax Haven, then you have to watch for the crocks and companies which are only have one mission, take you money and run, be carefully with your choice, we have a thread about Tax Havens available here – further in our forums you can already now find useful information on who are scammers ( an example of this can be found here, reliable companies and who simply just to avoid.
Tax Havens are a good place for tax avoidance, you just need to do things right.