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We work with banks that are not subsidiary of your home country bank groups. This greatly enhance privacy and secrecy

Our clients, who use the Bank Introduction Service, are not required to visit the bank in person

Account features:

24 hours / 7 days On Line Banking
Strong bank secrecy and privacy
Allows you to send and receive international payments SWIFT
Multi-currency (EUR, USD , GBP, etc. )
Visa/Mastercard ATM International debit cards
Visa/Mastercard Credit Cards (optional)

 

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Minimum deposit requirements: 0$

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 Who can open a Germany  bank account?

Everyone can open an account at a bank in Germany . However, banks reserve the right to reject customers. For example, a bank might refuse to offer banking services to a so-called “politically exposed person” who the bank believes would pose a “reputation” risk if he or she were to become a client. A bank might also refuse to start a banking relationship if it has doubts about the origins of the potential client’s funds. German banks are forbidden by law to accept money which they know or must assume stem from crime or any illegal activities.

How can I open an account from my home country?

German banks have procedures concerning the opening of accounts, irrespective of the domicile of the customer. In line with German laws governing “due diligence”, the bank must verify the identity of the customer on the basis of an official document (e.g. a passport and confirmation of residential address).

 What are the main benefits of banking offshore?

PRIVACY, SECURITY & ANONIMITY

Offshore banks have the highest bank secrecy to protect their clients. No client informations are disclosed.

TAX EFFICIENCY

Banking offshore could be the best way to manage your funds in regards of tax optimization. We understand that each client has their own needs and reasons for banking offshore. You may want a tax haven to benefit form zero taxation. You may want the strict bank secrecy the offshore countries offer, you may want to internationalize your business or you may want to have access to financial services that aren’t available locally. Whatever your reasons, our professionals help you to realize your need and goals and grow and protects your wealth.

Can you open the account without having to visit the bank personally?

Of course, all the accounts (exluded hnwi accounts)  we support to open do not require the physical presence of the owner.

Can an account by opened anonymously in Germany ?

No, that is not possible. Banks follow so-called “know-your-customer” rules which require staff to identify the person opening an account and, where necessary, to establish the identity of the beneficial owner. Incidentally it was the banks themselves who drew up the extremely strict, internationally recognized rules for verifying the identity of their clients as a deterrent to money of criminal origin.

Is the opening guaranteed?

Yes the opening is guaranteed as long as You:

a) Fill correctly the application form

b) Are not  a criminal

c) Show bank proof of source of funds

d) Have all the documents  legally valid and certified.

Does bank  secrecy shield criminals?

No. Bank customer confidentiality has never been absolute. German banks are obliged, for example, to disclose information in criminal proceedings against their clients. This is an absolute obligation, regardless of whether the offence was committed in your home country or abroad.

What means certificated/notarized documents?

Certification means that a bank official, cpa, attorney at law, notary public, attests that the documents are true. As example, for each documents he writes:  “I hereby certify this is the true copy of Mr. First Name, Last Name”. This comes with signature, date and professional stamp.

What documentation will the bank want to see?

As mentioned above, German banks are obliged to verify the identity of a client. The bank will want to see official identification papers such as a valid passport or an equivalent official identification document containing a photograph. The bank may also ask for documentation that can prove the origin of your funds, such as the contract for a house sale, a statement from a foreign bank, a receipt from the sale of securities, etc.

What questions will the  bank ask me?

First of all, the bank’s staff will certainly ask questions to fulfill the bank’s legal obligations with regard to due diligence. This will include asking for proof of your identity and also establishing the identity of the beneficial owner of the assets if you are depositing funds on behalf of someone else. The bank’s staff might also ask about the origin of the funds and the nature of your professional business and they will also want to get an idea of your usual financial transactions. In order to offer you the best advice, the bank will also ask about your future plans, for example, whether you intend to buy a house, start a business, retire, etc. If you are asking the bank to manage an investment portfolio they will also ask how much risk you are willing to accept. In short, the more the bank knows about you, the more it can tailor its advice and service to your individual needs.

How long does it take to open an account?

From few working days up to 3 weeks.

What are the fees applied by the German banks?

German banks have competitive fees and higher interests rates  compared to the banks around the corner

How can I withdraw money from my  bank account?

ATM card and credit card valid in all the world.

 Can I open a German bank account as a non resident ?

Sure , almost all our clients are non-residents. We have clients in many countries.

I’m Indian (south african, brazilian, etc,etc) citizen, can I still open the  account ?

Yes, you can.

Do you have a German bank account? Should you pay tax?

If you receive savings and investment income from abroad, you will usually need to declare this on a Self Assessment (SA) tax return. You may have to pay  Income Tax, but if you’ve paid foreign tax on the income you may be able to offset (deduct) this.

Does the German bank account have on-line banking?

Yes all account have on-line banking 24 hours/ 7 days always available.

Can I close my  German account whenever I wish ?

Sure There are no restrictions when it comes to closing an account in Offshore countries. You are free to close your account if you wish. The procedure is immediate and cost-free. Of course, if your money is invested, it generally takes a few days to liquidate positions, but even so, no one will prevent you from withdrawing your funds or charge you a financial penalty.

Which  bank in Germany will account be opened with ?

We have a large network of banks in Offshore countries.

Many of which have been in operations for over 100 years. Our company will select the bank with the best conditions at present from a permanently updated list of banks with the best price-ratio. We work with banks in all categories. Which bank is right for you depends on many factors, such your country of tax residence, where you reside, eventual treaties of exchange information that have been signed, how much you plan to deposit and what kind of operations will you perform with funds.

Can I choose the German bank ?

Yes you can choice bank. We do not, however, give out the names of the banks before you actually pay in full an order. Each account we offer can be opened with different  banks in the same country We select the bank that suits better the client needs and minimum deposit requirements. We do not offer “mass product”. We select the banks with the best conditions at present from a permanently updated list of banks with the best privacy&security policy.

Why do I need to pay to open an account ? What benefits would you provide?

Opening a bank account in German is not like opening one in your home country, where all you need is a walk into any bank down the street with your driver’s license and 10$. Mauritius banks are very cautious in dealing with new clients that are not introduced by someone they know. Using our bank introduction services, you benefit from the advice of professionals specialists in international banking laws, international company and tax laws. We make sure the opening procedure is as quick and straightforward as possible. For a little fee you’ll save weeks of searches and many complications. Our service will help you in many ways: You benefit from a free top professional consulting from international specialists in fields like:International taxation, International company and International banking. This enables you to get the most out of your German bank account right away and be sure that no problems with your local tax authority will arise. We help you find a way to be in compliance with your home country tax regulation. In many cases we can obtain better terms for our clients lower minimum balance, lower commissions, less restrictions on facilities offered, etc… Most banks have many restrictions to what facilities you will actually get and you usually learn about it after you have opened your account. We can open accounts by mail. We opened hundreds of accounts for clients all over the world and can provide quick and reliable service. Through us you are assigned seasoned, professional and efficient account managers. In any given bank, there are good account managers and not-so-good ones. The good ones are always busy with clients and take only the most promising new clients or those sent by people they know. We specialize in helping international clients open an offshore bank account that will match their needs and more important that will not cause tax problem in their home country. We are not a bank and offer impartial advice and assistance in selecting and opening the right account for your needs in the right country

Account Opening Procedures & Requirements

Opening an offshore bank account via distance banking is slightly more cumbersome when compared to opening a domestic bank account, considering one actually walks into a branch when opening a domestic bank account. As one of the oldest professional offshore banking service providers & incorporation agents on the web, we have relationships with major offshore banks and financial institutions around the world, and stand ready to assist you every step of the way during the account opening process.

Generally speaking the procedure to open an offshore bank account consists of properly preparing and submitting the following documents:

Notarized copy of the Certificate of Incorporation and/or Articles of Association (for corporate accounts)
Certified copy of your government issued passport (for both personal and/or corporate accounts)
Original Utility Bill (for both personal and/or corporate accounts)
Bank or professional reference for the account signatory (for both personal and/or corporate accounts)
Completed banking applications and forms which we provide and assist in completing

Bank Due Diligence requirements

To comply with legislations, banks must collect adequate due diligence to verify the identity of the ultimate beneficial owners and controllers of the potential client wanting to establish a relationship with the bank. Below is the documentation required for the various types of entity the potential client may be established as.

Limited Company – please provide certified copies of the following: a) Certificate of Incorporation, b) Memorandum and Articles of Association, c) Register of Directors, and d) Register of Members. For at least two of the entity’s directors, for shareholders with an interest equal to or greater than 10% and for all other authorised account signatories please provide certified copies of the items laid out at i) through iv) below.
Limited Liability Company – please provide certified copies of the following: e) Certificate of Incorporation, f) Operating Agreement, and g) Schedule showing the members and their respective percentage interests. For at the entity’s managing member, for members with an interest equal to or greater than 10% and for all other authorised account signatories please provide certified copies of the items laid out at i) through iv) below.
Limited Partnership – please provide certified copies of the following: h) Certificate of Registration (where available), i) Limited Partnership Agreement, and j) Schedule showing the limited partners and their respective percentage interests. For the general partner, limited partners with an interest equal to or greater than 10% and for all other authorised account signatories please provide certified copies of the items laid out at i) through iv) below.
Trust – please provide a certified copy of the declaration of trust or deed of settlement as appropriate, and for any of the trust’s settlor, beneficiary(s) with a vested interest and for all other authorised account signatories please provide certified copies of the items laid out at i) through iv) below.
Foundation – please provide certified copies of: k) Certificate of Registration, l) Charter of the Foundation, and m) Register showing the Council of Members. For at least two of the Council of Members, beneficiaries and for all other authorized account signatories please provide certified copies of the items laid out at i) through iv) below.
Individuals – please provide certified copies of the documents below: i) Passport or drivers license, bearing their signature and photograph, AND one of the following to verify their residential address (PO boxes are not acceptable); ii) Recent (less than 3 months old) utility bill, OR iii) Recent (less than 3 months old) bank or credit card statement, OR iv) Reference from a ‘respected professional’ (lawyer, accountant or manager/director of a regulated financial institution), who has known the person for at least 2 years.
Funds If the potential client is a fund, instead of item d), g) or j) and due diligence on investors, i.e. items i) through iv) as specified, an AML comfort letter is required from the fund’s administrator or transfer agent confirming that they are responsible for performing due diligence on the fund’s investors – we have a standard template available for this. Where the potential client has an entity as either a director or shareholder, documentation as outlined above is required for that type of entity. If the potential client is a regulated financial institution we may be exempt from collecting due diligence on it. Source of funds Please ensure that sufficient, relevant information on the source of funds to be deposited with banks is provided with the application form.
Bearer Shares Most banks are unable to provide services to entities that have issued bearer shares; these must either be immobilized or cancelled and reissued to persons. Entities that haven’t, but are capable of issuing bearer shares must undertake not to issue bearer shares, or upon their issue the account(s) will be frozen until the bearer shares are either immobilized or cancelled.
Certification/Notarization of Documents The certifier (notary public, lawyer, accountant, manager/director of a regulated financial institution, for example) is to attest that the documents are a true copy of the original, sign each document, print their name underneath, indicating their position or capacity and include a contact address and phone number.

http://www.financialsecrecyindex.com/database/Germany.xml

Overview of the Secrecy Jurisdiction
Summary
30 History as Secrecy Jurisdiction Since Unknown [Notes]
31 Development and Role as a Secrecy Jurisdiction [Notes]
The importance of cross-border assets and financial services in the german financial sector is highlighted by the FATF: “Deposits by non-residents in German financial institutions exceed EUR 1.3 trillion (USD 1.8 trillion). Insurance and financial services provided to non-residents generated EUR 13 billion (USD 18 billion) in export earnings in 2007. […] German financial institutions send and receive the third largest volume of SWIFT messages in the world – approximately 616 million annually.” (FATF 2010: 19). A study of Global Financial Integrity of 2010 shows that Germany ranks fifth globally in terms of privately held non-resident deposits (Hollingshead 2010: 1).
With respect to money laundering, the FATF wrote in 2010: “Many indicators suggest that Germany is susceptible to money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) including because of its large economy and financial center, as well as its strategic location in Europe and its strong international linkages. Substantial proceeds of crime are generated in Germany, presently estimated to be EUR 40 to EUR 60 billion (approximately USD 60–80 billion), inclusive of tax evasion, annually. Terrorists have carried out terrorist acts in Germany and in other nations after being based in Germany. Germany is also estimated to have a large informal sector (> EUR 400 billion or >USD 560 billion) and the use of cash is reportedly high. Germany‘s currency is the Euro (EUR), which is used widely across Europe, thus making it attractive to organized criminals and tax evaders.” (FATF 2010: 9). Furthermore, the INCSR reported that “Germany should consider […] tightening the regulations on domestic PEPs” (INCSR 2013: 111).
An important attraction to invest in german financial system is based on Germany’s tax incentives to non-residents (from developing countries) to deposit their money in German bank accounts or invest it in german bonds without paying tax on them. This is achieved first by exempting interest paid to bank accounts of non-residents from german withholding tax. Second, interest paid on german government obligations (bonds) is tax exempt if they are paid to foreign bank accounts or if the bearer debt is under custody at a non-german trustee or financial institution (IBFD 2010). The allure of Germany’s financial system as a safe harbour for corrupt and tax evading money became evident in the recent freezing of billions of dollars from Arab despots. 6bn Euro were frozen in Germany financial system from Gaddafi alone (Focus). Former president of Turkmenistan, Niyazov, is another example for this mechanism (Global Witness 2009). A specific way in which Germany encouraged in the past foreign corruption was through the tax deductibility of bribe payments to foreign public officials. This ended only in 1999 when the tax code was amended (TI 1999).
Past attempts to end the tax exemption for non-resident investments by introducing a withholding tax date back to 1960s. In 1964-65, Germany introduced a withholding tax on interest paid exclusively to non-residents (EWG-Kommission 1966: 339; CCE 1969: 11) which reportedly resulted in a wave of capital flight (ibid.). However, it is not clear either what the situation regarding the taxation of interest paid to non-residents has been before or after this period.
Another issue of particular concern is the absence of beneficial ownership information of legal entities and arrangements. The FATF notes with respect to legal entities: “The extent of information available on the ownership and control of German legal persons varies greatly by type of legal entity. The main information sources are public registers, but they do not always include information on the beneficial ownership and control of the legal entities. The information available is considerably limited in the case of nonlisted stock corporations that issue bearer shares, and is close to nonexistent in the case of private foundations.” (FATF 2010, V2: 13). As regards legal arrangements, the FATF notes: “The Treuhand is a commonly used legal arrangement in Germany but disclosure obligations in place are insufficient to ensure transparency of the beneficial ownership and control of such arrangements.” (FATF 2010: 14).
With respect to tax information exchange practices, the Global Forum wrote in 2011: “There is however a coordination issue as EOI [exchange of information] for tax purposes is conducted by the German competent authority situated in Bonn while, due to the German federal organisation, the actual collection of information is the responsibility of the authorities at the state (Länder) level, and this contributes to some delays in provision of repsonses. Additional contributing factors are the need to translate requests into German and the lack of monitoring of the status of requests. Indeed, Germany is only able in 12% of cases to provide responses to international requests for information within three months. […] Before providing information to the requesting party, Germany must inform the taxpayer that it will do so. In practice, even though the German legislation foresees exceptions to this notification procedure, the taxpayer is always notified.” (GF 2011: 8; [TJN-note]).
Germany also operates a shipping registry and maintains close connections to the Liberian shipping registry: “Liberia enjoys a tremendous level of support from German shipowners, and is also a great supporter of German flag shipping. No other flag has released a larger number of ships in support of the national drive to bolster the German fleet. A prosperous German flag is good for the entire industry.” (Scott Bergeron, executive of LISCR, the company running the Liberian Registry, at the party for the 60th anniversary of the registry in Hamburg, quoted from Martin 2010: 2). According to UNCTAD, Germany globally ranks third after Japan and Greece in terms of seaborne trade measured by the nationality of the owners and deadweight tonnage under control (as of 1 January 2009; UNCTAD 2009: 53; Martin 2010: 2). However, less than 17% of the ships (tonnage) run under the German flag. Liberia is Germany’s most used flag with 40% of tonnage of German ship owners being registered in Liberia. Of total Liberia-registered deadweight tonnage, 31% are German owned. (ibid.). In 2003, German newspaper reports covered the problematic role of German ship owners financing the bloody regime in Liberia through the shipping registry (Zeit). According to those, the UN published evidence in 2001 showing that money paid by the registry helped financing the war in neighbouring Sierra Leone (ibid.). The German role in shipping has recently been connected with corruption and money laundering. An investigation by Global Witness found that the son of Equatorial Guinea’s dictator has planned one of the most expensive yachts of the world with a German shipyard (weblink).
Largely unnoticed is a particularity in the German law enforcement process which represents a serious obstacle to prosecution of all kinds of (financial and fiscal) crimes. The public prosecutors are ultimately bound by instructions from the ministry of justice both in general terms and individual cases (§146 and §147 GVG, Gerichtsverfassungsgesetz). For a long time, the german association of judges has been asking that this stipulation – inherited from the prussian state and abused by Nazi-Germany – be abolished. Rather than being frequently formally invoked, this provision is said to create an atmosphere of anticipatory obedience in which the public prosecutor is very susceptible to political pressure from the government (various news articles, URLs below).
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32 International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation 1977 No [Notes]
33 Charles Irish 1982 No [Notes]
34 Hines Rice 1994 No [Notes]
35 IMF 2000 No [Notes]
36 OECD 2000 No [Notes]
37 FSF 2000 No [Notes]
38 FATF 2000 / 2002 No [Notes]
39 Tax Justice Network 2005 Yes [Notes]
40 Zoromé 2007 (IMF) No [Notes]
41 Stop Tax Havens Act (USA) 2007 No [Notes]
42 Lowtax.net 2008 No [Notes]
43 OECD April 2009 No [Notes]
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