The Wealthy Are Moving To The Cook Islands, A Safe Paradise
Tue 17 Dec 2013
- Cook Islands
The Cooks are in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, lovely coral atolls, good fishing and a global pioneer in offshore asset-protection trusts, with laws designed to protect foreigners’ assets from legal claims at home, a lawsuit proof, safe paradise.
Austria, the Bahamas, Switzerland, Bermuda, The Caymans and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) always get the headlines for laws and tax rates that allow multinational corporations and the wealthy to shelter income from governments.
The Cook Islands are different, American and other countries’ laws do not reach out there. The Cooks, for the most part, do not recognize foreign court orders, thus protecting assets legally placed there.
Law firms that practice asset protection advise on Cook Island Trusts(CIT) to fearful, wealthy global clients.
One firm suggests that anyone with more than $1-M in assets should consider Cook trusts for safe wealth-preservation.
Over the past few years regulators have become aggressive in their efforts to invade tax haven countries, offshore banks and their customers, but the Cooks have not been their target.
The data shows Americans are the biggest customers of the Cook Island Trusts, which can be held only by foreigners, not Cook Islanders.
The islands’ official website calls the Cooks a “prime choice” for “discerning wealthy clients.”
The Cooks’ Financial Supervisory Commission says the CITs offer anonymity, and safe legal protections. The value of assets are not disclosed and it is against the law in the Cooks to identify who own the trusts or to provide any information about such ownership. Hence, a safe paradise.
Cook Island Trusts provide security along with secrecy, officials say. “Asset protection is to provide a layer of insurance for something that cannot be insured — the unforeseeable,” according to an official of the Cook Islands Financial Services Development Authority.
There is nothing illegal about setting up a Cook Island Trust, and putting assets into one does not eliminate the requirement to pay taxes on its assets’ earnings.
...or view more articles related to these topics:
...or try these related articles:
- Fri 31 Oct - Tonga: Twenty Fourth Council of Ministers of Tourism Meeting - Communique
- Fri 31 Oct - Fiji: Additional EU funds to contribute to the sustainable use of marineresources in the Pacific
- Fri 31 Oct - Fiji: Fiji attracts old friends as China’s clout grows
- Fri 31 Oct - Fiji: Business Forum focuses on trade relations between Australia and Fiji
- Fri 31 Oct - Tonga: SPTO to empower Pacific islanders to take their tourism products up another level
- Fri 31 Oct - USA: World Bank Board approves second US$5 Million operation for Tonga
- Fri 31 Oct - Papua New Guinea: Highway opposed : Papua Separatist leader
- Fri 31 Oct - Fiji: UNHCR regional representative presents credentials to Fijian foreign minister
- Fri 31 Oct - USA: FBI: Boy missing from Seattle found in Niue
- Fri 31 Oct - Papua New Guinea: PNG govt sets up emergency Ebola plan