Offshore Schemes legal says top HMRC boss

Offshore Schemes Legal

Offshore Schemes Legal

Are offshore schemes legal? Are the Offshore Umbrella Companies that contractors use legal?

Offshore Schemes can be perfectly legal HMRC’s Commissioner and Director General for Enforcement and Compliance, Jennie Granger, said. According to today’s Times she conceded that “There is nothing illegal about an international structure, especially in a globally integrated economy and these arrangements may be particularly legitimate”.

So, many contractors and freelancers are now aping the bigger companies and even members of Parliament. They are using offshore schemes such as offshore umbrella companies.

Offshore Schemes Legal – Tax Systems of Countries

Jonathan Schwartz, a barrister at Temple Tax Chambers and a professor in international tax law, said “All laws influence and tax laws are no different. The tax behaviour of companies is largely driven by the tax systems they engage with.

“Tax administrators must apply the law as it exists rather than what they, or anyone else, might think it ought to be”.

Offshore Umbrella Companies Legal

That makes a lot of sense. There’s no point in Governments or MPs moaning about companies behaving immorally, when avoiding tax, when they just follow the tax rules created by Governments. It is their laws that make offshore schemes legal.

Usually the companies are just using schemes that the Government created, like special tax dispensation for the film industry, so that they come to the UK rather than go elsewhere.

The UK Government complain about companies avoiding paying tax whilst, at the same time, progressively cutting Corporation Tax. This is with the purpose of undercutting other countries. It is their stated intention to have the lowest Corporation Tax of all the G8 countries.

David Cameron’s Legacy

Then there’s David Cameron whose family money came from his father Ian’s use for himself, and others, of offshore schemes. There’s Chancellor Osborne who has an offshore family trust worth £4.5m.

Then there’s Margaret Hodge herself, the hammer of the multinationals like Google, whom she calls immoral. She has been exposed as owning part of an offshore company.

Stemcor paid her dividends of £50,000 last year. Her stake is worth over a million pounds. Tax was paid at less than 2%. Google would have been appreciative.

Said Mike Dean of Milestone International Tax partners “The companies under fire are doing nothing wrong legally, morally or ethically. They are, in fact, using the tax system in the way intended”.

Therefore, its Government laws that make offshore schemes legal like offshore umbrella companies.

Gain an Advantage

It is Governments who have been trying to ‘cheat’ and gain an advantage on other countries, in certain areas, that has caused this problem. Offshore schemes and offshore umbrella companies are just taking advantage of all of this.

So, it is Governments who make offshore schemes legal.

See our Offshore Umbrella Company Directory

offshore umbrella company list

Offshore Umbrella Company List

Offshore Umbrella Company Benefits

Offshore Umbrella Company Benefits

Offshore Umbrella Company Benefits

Benefits – so what are the offshore umbrella company benefits?

The main benefits are all connected to the money. This is the best way for contractors to keep most of their money. They can keep anywhere between 84% and 90% of their hard-earned money.

The exact amount depends on how much they are earning.

Mrs Thatcher Changed the Loan laws

Offshore Umbrella Companies started up when Mrs Thatcher changed the laws so that money sent offshore was no longer taxable. It was one of the first laws she brought in when she became Prime Minister in 1979. The Tory party grandees were among the first to get the benefits.

One of the earliest to benefit was David Cameron’s father Ian. He quickly saw the benefits  and set up lots of offshore schemes. Indeed he made his money that way. That’s where David Cameron’s inheritance came from.

Many of the Tory grandees saw the benefits and operate schemes like these including Lord Astor, David Cameron’s father-in-law and Lord Ashcroft, the Tory party’s main donor.

How Loans Works

So, the money that is sent offshore stays offshore. The Offshore umbrella company loans the contractor money in lieu of that loan. The loan is never paid back. The contractor defaults on that. The Offshore Umbrella Company takes the money in lieu of that.

Money is not taxed until it comes back onshore. The money never does. It is different money. Loans aren’t taxable. This is how it all works. It’s how the contractor benefits.

Tax Avoidance

It is tax avoidance, of course. However, it is legal and it is not tax evasion which is illegal.

The Government complain about it. However, it is they who make the rules. It is they who can change them. Contractors and others are only taking advantage of the rules as they are. They take the benefits from the Governments own laws.

Indeed it is the legal duty of the directors of a company to maximise the returns for shareholders.

Of course, the Government don’t want to change the rules as it benefits many of their party sponsors. Indeed George Osborne has a £4.5m family offshore trust. He sees the benefits of it.

Benefits Not Intended

It’s annoying for the Government when newspapers reveal that comedians and rock stars are reaping these offshore umbrella company benefits.

The benefits weren’t intended for the likes of them and contractors. The Government had to react. However, they don’t change the law.

For some examples of these companies see Offshore Umbrella Company List

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Offshore Umbrella Company List

Best Umbrella Companies Alternatives for UK Contractors

Best Umbrella Companies Alternatives

Best Umbrella Companies Alternatives

So, what are the best umbrella companies alternatives?

Indeed, what makes a good umbrella company and what are the best alternatives to umbrella companies?

First of all what are the alternatives to umbrella companies.

Well, you could just pay tax as if you are an employee.

Retaining More of Your Money

For a person earning £100,000 a year that would mean that you would retain £55,000 of your hard-earned money and would give the Government £45,000 a year.

Chancellor Osborne would be delighted by that. He, of course, has an offshore family trust from which he benefits.

So, a freelancer using an Umbrella Company keeps £60,000 of his, or her, money earned and would send the Treasury £40,000 a year.

However, from April 1st 2016 much of this gain disappeared as the Chancellor decided that most umbrella company contractors are no longer able to claim travel & subsistence expenses against tax.

Limited Company Alternative

The main alternative to umbrella companies is the limited company – or the personal service company as the Chancellor likes to call it when one person owns it.

Therefore, of the £100,000 a contractor earns, he, or she, keeps £75,000 of that, donating £25,000 a year to the country.

Now, those using tax efficient limited company structures can retain £85,000 of their hard-earned cash.

Most limited company contractors don’t use the most efficient methods of protecting their income from the taxman and these vehicles help them to do so.

So, to find out more click on Limited Companies

Onshore Umbrella Companies

There are also specialist onshore non-PAYE umbrella companies who allow contractors to retain £85,000 a year using different methods.

So to learn more click on Umbrella Companies

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