The Rock Star, The Nude Estates, and the Lithuanian Shopping Mall

November 15, 2017

incorporated in Lithuania called UAB Nude Estates 2. In 2012, Nude Estates Malta Ltd. transferred the ownership of both Nude Estates 2 and the mall to a new offshore company, Nude Estates 1, based on the English island of Guernsey. Both Malta and Guernsey are low-tax jurisdictions, though foreign investors pay a five percent tax on company profits in Malta, while they pay no tax in Guernsey."

There you have it. Even paying 5% tax in Malta, they still hadn't found what they were looking for. So Nude Estates tripped through the waters with Bono's money for the rattle and hum of tax-free Guernsey. Bono himself seemed taken aback by the disclosure. He said he would be distressed if "anything less than exemplary" was done with his name anywhere near it. And he said, "I take this stuff very seriously. I have campaigned for the beneficial ownership of offshore companies to be made transparent. Indeed this is why my name is on documents rather than in a trust."

Here in the U.S, we're subject to tax on all our worldwide income, no matter where it's earned. That means that moving investments offshore doesn't convey any sort of automatic tax benefit, with or without you. Fortunately, the same internal revenue code that taxes us on foreign income offers countless strategies to minimize or avoid that tax. All you really need is a plan. So call us when you desire to save, and let's see if we can rescue enough wasted tax dollars to send you someplace where the streets have no name!

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