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The Virgin Islands (British): Offshore Financial Services

Financial services are the backbone of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) economy and is accounting for over 60% of government revenues through licensing fees and taxes. The sector’s success has enabled the BVI to achieve one of the highest GDP per capita rates globally.

As a zero tax jurisdiction— the Virgin Islands is a financial hub for offshore company formations and investment funds. Over 400,000 active business companies register locally, attracted by corporate tax exemptions. This in turn has made financial services the territory’s largest employer.

These incorporations provide legal tax avoidance for individuals and companies worldwide seeking optimized structures for international trade and investment. But critics argue the BVI enables tax evasion. This perception harms the territory’s reputation.

Offshore financial services contribute significantly to the territory’s economy which is generating approximately 60% of government revenues. The formation and regulation of offshore investment funds are the most important financial services products in the British Virgin Islands. The territory is the second-largest domicile for the formation of offshore investment funds— after the Cayman Islands.

To counter this, Virgin Islands authorities have implemented stringent transparency and compliance financial regulations in recent years. Anti-money laundering and tax information sharing agreements now meet international standards set by the OECD and EU. These measures should reassure investors of the BVI’s legitimacy as a clean asset domicile.

Expanding adjacent services like- trusts, insurance, accounting and legal support would further diversify the sector. However— competition from other offshore centers limits growth potential. The BVI must keep enhancing its sophistication and reputation to maintain advantage.

Financial services enabled the BVI to modernize infrastructure over the past decades across airports, telecoms, ports, roads and utilities. As the smallest economy supporting such extensive infrastructure, the efficiency and stability of the offshore industry is critical for continued high living standards locally.

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