Offshore Merchant Accounts
Many people are interested in ways to reduce their current tax liability with the current business they have. They may be concerned about ways to move some of their assets offshore without public notification. Some people are interested in setting up a new business, usually on the Internet, and they need a way to accept credit orders. No matter what your requirement, an Offshore Merchant Account may be what you need.
A merchant account is a facility that allows you to accept credit card orders from your customers online or offline. So what is the main advantage of an offshore merchant account vs.a local one?
One thing that is certainly true about the global credit card business, is that it has become very competitive. As a consumer, you will know that interest rates charged on credit card balances have come down. For business owners, it has meant that where as you were charged high rates in the past to process your customer's credit card purchases, those rates have come down on average. Yet, there are still problems for the common small businessman wanting to set up his or her own merchant account.
One major problem is the application requirements, and the initial deposit requirements. Some banks or credit card processors will not even accept your application unless your business has been operating for two years or more. Others want a security deposit of £2,000 or more. Some others even want to "hold back" your monthly card payments as an additional "security deposit" for possible "charge backs".
Many people would agree that technology and modern telecommunications has provided at least some benefit. We now have fax machines, e-mail, and of course the Internet. What many people do not think about however, is the fact that the world has become a much smaller place. What this means for the business owner is, you no longer are "locked in" to doing business with just the bank or company in your town or state. You can literally "shop the globe" for the best rates, the best products, the best service, or what ever. You now can do business with a bank or credit card processor in Germany, Singapore, Holland, or any place else just as easily as "the bank down the road". In fact, nine times out of ten, you will find the level of service to be much better with a bank half way around the world, then you will with your neighborhood bank. Why? They want your business, and they are willing to prove it. The other benefits are obvious. If you intend to be virtual, the best place to begin is by becoming virtual in fact. An offshore merchant account places you in a virtual / offshore jurisdiction.
The problem of course with some offshore banks or credit card processors are the higher processing fees. The fierce competition that has been seen in the US, has not reached some parts of the world, at least not yet. However that is slowly changing. In addition, such things as "Internet Banking" and offshore merchant accounts are new services that many offshore banks are just starting to take a look at. Even in a banking location such as Panama, these services are not even available with a handful of banks.
Well, being able to get better service, little or no hassles getting your account opened, and lower or perhaps no deposit requirements are only the "tip of the iceberg". The fact of the matter is, if you have an offshore bank or merchant company process your credit card transactions for you, your money already is "offshore". This being the case, you now have the means to really make the most of your business income and keep more of what you earn.
About the Author: Article by Bruce Stander the Director of UK based Worldwide Corporate Services, specialists in offshore company formation.http://www.worldcorporate.co.uk