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Dr. Fiona Chen, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
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If I live in New Zealand, and setup a corporation in Panama,

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If I live in New Zealand, and setup a corporation in Panama, can I send my business income (income comes from overseas, not New Zealand) to my Panama corporation, and not pay tax? Is this how offshore corporations work? If so what can I do with the funds, presumably not bring them to New Zealand?
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Finance
Expert:  Dr. Fiona Chen replied 5 months ago.

Dear Customer,

According to New Zealand Inland Revenue Department, even if you don't bring the money back to New Zealand, you are required to report your income world wide. Below citation and website are for your further reading references.

"Is this how offshore corporations work? If so what can I do with the funds, presumably not bring them to New Zealand?"

I worked for the U.S. tax authority and still personally do forensic accounting. And I have seen many taxpayers with an overseas tax shelter under a business design ended up paying back taxes and penalties of civil and criminal consequences. It is suggested that here that "don't try the overseas tax shelter at home." Even professionals with written tax attorney and CPA opinions can end up later with severe consequences with the government.

As we can observe from the website links below, New Zealand places much emphasis on foreign earned income and global income, business or personal. It is much also an focus of its current political subject as you are aware of. See http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11607336

This subject is a global governmental emphasis now. Much emphasis is on the data exchange between countries. It is suggested here that no matter where the income income is earned, the New Zealand taxpayer properly reports worldwide income to New Zealand and follows the tax treaties signed by New Zealand with other countries.

Please continue to refer to the citation and website links below.

Regards,

Fiona Chen, MPA, Ph.D., CPA, ABV, CFF, CITP

"What overseas income will you be taxed on

If you are a resident of New Zealand for tax purposes, you will be taxed in New Zealand on all of your "worldwide income". This is income derived from New Zealand as well as income derived from all other countries."

http://www.ird.govt.nz/international/residency/

http://www.ird.govt.nz/income-tax-individual/different-income-taxed/income-outside-nz/iit-income-outside-nz.html

http://www.ird.govt.nz/international/nzwithos/income/overseas-income-index.html

Customer: replied 5 months ago.
Thanks, ***** ***** a new zealand non-paying tax resident?
Customer: replied 5 months ago.
sorry NZ non-tax resident, does that mean you are still a resident of NZ?
Expert:  Dr. Fiona Chen replied 5 months ago.

Dear Customer,

I am not sure where you find the term of "New Zealand non-tax resident".

Regards,

Fiona