International Tax Structures & Estonia
Many US business owners and entrepreneurs have found ways to avoid paying America’s whopping 35% corporate tax on undistributed earnings. Countries like Estonia provide savvy businessmen and businesswomen with a way to escape that steep tax and reinvest their income into their business.
Estonian corporations pay zero corporate income tax on reinvested earnings. Meaning, you can reinvest any profits you make and not have to pay any taxes to the Estonian government. You do have to pay taxes on dividends (and payments considered equivalent to dividends like gifts, donations, and fringe benefits to employees) but Estonia operates on a flat tax basis of 21%.
This allows for profits to be moved tax-free within a corporation via interest, royalties and other non-dividend payments; which can lead to further deductions for non-Estonian foreign companies while also creating untaxed inclusions for Estonia. Also important to note is that the corporation itself is taxed and not the shareholders. Meaning the tax cannot be reduced pursuant to the EU parent-subsidiary directive or an income tax treaty that Estonia is party to.
Additionally, non-residents of Estonia are not required to pay withholding tax to the government, meaning you could structure your Estonian corporation like a holding company and save more money. Couple that with Estonia’s dual tax treaties with countries like the US and you could end up with very reasonable tax rates.
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