Offshore investment vehicles include unit trusts, mutual funds or investment companies, and may be open or closed. The offshore company normally pays no tax on its income or gains. However, the income it receives may be subject to withholding tax, which the company will not be able to reclaim. For the policyholder, all gains are fully taxable at the time of encashment.
Offshore funds offer greater returns and often greater risks than onshore funds, however many countries restrict investment in such funds by their citizens, and also restrictions are placed on the marketing of offshore funds to their citizens. The UK’s regime, whilst permissive, is still not very flexible. The laws and regulations of high-tax countries in respect of offshore funds are directed not just to limiting the behaviour of their citizens but also to preventing ‘money-laundering’ and other illicit uses of International Offshore Financial Centres ( IOFCs).
The value of investments and the income they produce can fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.
Offshore Collectives are complex investments and are not suitable for everyone, you should seek financial advice before entering into this type of investment.
Information is based on our current understanding of taxation legislation and regulations, Any levels and bases of, and reliefs from taxation, are subject to change.
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