First True Story-How to Gain Privacy and Reduce Tax

by | Mar 12, 2002 | Archives

Three true stories share sacred knowledge that can make you rich.

Dear International Friend,

A great benefit of our world travel and isolation at our farms in North Carolina and Ecuador is that we are mostly out of touch with the day to day world. When in the jungle or high mountains we do not have T.V., radio or printed news.

Regretfully when we come into town, once in awhile we make the mistake of picking up a newspaper and are reminded of the urgent need to find credibility and truth. For example I just read a recent issue of the Miami Herald. Here is just a brief example of what is called news.

#1: A Catholic Bishop resigned because he had sexually abused male students.

#2: President Bush targeted seven countries with nuclear weapons.

#3: A secret, high tech, U.S. military post is proud to have killed twelve men in Afghanistan who were riding in an SUV. These men were identified by an air drone and were selected to be killed because one of the men was wearing a white robe and turban.

#4: Barry Bonds finally agreed to a $90m million dollar contract after nearly a year's public arguing and dispute.

#5: Arthur Anderson, the Enron auditors, are being criminally indicted.

#6: Another stockbroker (the Phoenix Group) is indicted for stealing twenty million dollars from hundreds of investors.

#7 HBO is going to show pictures of World Trade Center victims plunging to their deaths and the aftermath of someone hitting the ground; a pool of blood and mangled hand.

I could even go on but the point is already clear. Here are leaders in religion, government, military, sports, accounting, finance and media showing such a lack of morality that we have to ask, who can we trust? Where can we find the truth!

This is one reason why yesterday's message outlined how Merri and I have been garnering knowledge from every sector of life to search for common threads of truth that survive the lies, dogma and hidden agenda so often promoted by the establishment.

One truth we found in this search is that doing what you love is the most important key to success. The three true stories shared here and in the next two days shows why.

First True Story

A dying sun-majestic orange-drops slowly, in its ancient rite, beneath the sea. The road darkens and an inky dusk shades this winding ribbon as itleads higher and higher, rising from the gloom of lush jungle into a chilled desert air.

Lome, Togo, in the dying heat of the day, on the rugged National Highway. Leading inland from the jungles of this African port, the road struggles a thousand miles upwards over five mountain chains through Togo and into the landlocked nations of Mali and Niger. Truck after truck struggles along the path, rusting, dented hulks, worn and well past their prime, but still hauling, overloaded, pushed by wearied, blurry eyed drivers. This mainstream of transportation is pushed past its limits, the trucks caked in dirt, running on cheap gas and worn out tires. They groan and grind slowly out of the jungle, up 500 miles of mountain into Dapong, Togo, half way through their journey.

This story shows how blending one's passion and lifestyle with the desire to serve can increase opportunity while adding asset protection and privacy at the same time. This story is about a couple who in the process of selling used tires and worn out shoes in Africa learned the ultimate form of financial privacy, wealth protection and tax efficiency, one of the seven keys to “everlasting wealth.

Because they matched their passions in life with their business, they were able to attain business success. Plus their African business matched their lifestyle so they created permanent wealth with increased privacy and enhanced protection of wealth.

Let me first be frank about the problems of confidentiality. The avenues for maintaining financial privacy have been enormously thinned. There has been a terrible onslaught against privacy in the western world. Tax authorities and other government agencies, led by the USA, have steadily and inexorably chipped at the very concept of keeping one's assets in unobtrusive ways. There is a growing attitude that financial privacy itself is something wrong.

This attitude shift creates a witch-hunt atmosphere and plays into the hands of government officials. Even worse new technology has improved the ability of these officials to make enormous invasions on our privacy.

Today regular use of lawsuits and aggressive abuse by tax collectors have made most businessmen and professionals (especially in the U.S.) feel that Big Brother really is watching. This fear has also steadily risen in other Anglo Saxon countries such as Canada, Australia and the UK. Continental Europeans (after the devastating intrusions of two Germanic invasions) have been a little less keen on exposing their wealth, but even there the tax authorities have slowly been tightening the privacy wrench.

Fortunately the same technology employed to strip our rights can also be used to gain enormous opportunity, privacy and asset protection as well. The same telephones, airplanes, computers and modern forms of communication that are being used by attorneys and government employees against you can also bring global opportunity to your doorstep.

Let's Get our Facts Straight.

To begin, let's separate the concepts of privacy, asset protection and tax savings. In the past thirty-three years of working with thousands of investors, I have learned that many confuse the three. Understanding the differences are important. There are many powerful tools that can be used to reduce tax and add asset protection that are not private. For example offshore trusts can delay income tax, reduce estate tax and dramatically enhance the safety of wealth. However under current laws these trusts are not private at all in many countries. In the U.S. for example it is entirely legal and effective to use overseas trusts for the above mentioned purposes, but reporting requirements are extensive. Trusts when properly used give tax and asset protection but do not necessarily provide privacy.

Decide. What do you want? Is it privacy or is it really tax and asset protection?Incredibly Urgent Warning

Only after you have made a decision about what you really want, can you really figure out how to attain your wants, needs and desires in a legal way.

It is urgent that you do not try to attain tax savings illegally by just relying on privacy in any bank, institution or country. This is not a safe or reliable approach. Recent legal history suggests that even the most private financial centers are being uprooted and those that remain can (and probably will) be at any time. In fact recent events suggest that the more private a financial center has been, the riskier it is for your privacy. The most private centers are the most likely to be attacked and using these centers create risk.

I have been in the international banking, insurance, investing and economic business for over thirty-three years and have watched an incredible erosion of privacy. When I first left the U.S. in 1968 to run an overseas investment company in Hong Kong, there were numerous ways to legally attain privacy. Plus there was not much interest by taxing authorities around the world in international investors (those who hold assets outside their own country).

Two Facts Create Dramatic Change

The first sad fact is that tax authorities are now very interested in where and when citizens place their money abroad. In the past such authorities did not feel there was much they could do. Second, they did not feel that much of the population used overseas devices.

Technology has made it easier and easier for investors to hold assets globally and consequently tax collectors worldwide have become much more concerned about keeping track of where investors hold their wealth.

The second fact is that as the global community has grown, banks all over the world have become more dependant on their ability to operate via, New York, London, Frankfurt and Tokyo. This has made all banks (even if they have no branch in any of these countries) vulnerable to authorities in each center.

Swiss bankers for example had their privacy laws totally whittled away by the simple fact that they must keep deposits in the U.S. Every time U.S. authorities have wanted information they have pressed on Swiss assets that are held in the U.S. Now this fact has been used in the new Anti Terrorism Laws to destroy the last of the bank privacy centers.

Many readers do not want to believe this fact, but it is a fool's paradise to rely on privacy to avoid tax any longer.

The attack on privacy continues in many ways. For example the IRS has subpoenaed records of overseas banks gaining access to information about customers that are U.S. residents who hold overseas credit cards, so that spending records can be matched with tax returns.

In today's atmosphere, seeking privacy seems almost criminal. In other words trying to attain privacy may put you into a position where you not only lose privacy but actually gain great attention.

These facts mean that any investor today must obtain his or her privacy in a way that does not create an unusual profile. In short you need to create a lifestyle that allows you to pursue your passions in life in a profitable (and private and tax efficient way).

The couple selling the used tires and shoes gives us an example because an international business with 50% or more non resident shareholders is usually one of the most private (low profile) ways to gain asset protection and reduce tax.

In this story the couple were missionaries in Africa, looking for ways to finance their mission. They formed an overseas company and gave over half of the shares to charities outside the country where they were taxed. They benefited from the fact that usually companies not doing business in the country of its owner's residence that are owned 50% or more by non residents are not only tax free but are not even required to report information. (Check with your attorney to verify the specifics in your tax jurisdiction.)

In short the tire and shoe business was tax deferred, totally private and yet 100% legal and above board. More important if looked at, it appeared logical and made sense in light of the owners' lifestyle and activity.

The profile of this couple's business was totally in tune with their life's work. Should some government investigator stumble across this business for whatever reason, the pictures all fit. They were missionaries, giving to Africa, working in Africa with an interest in a company owned by African charities.

They did not make the profile up. They were pursuing their passion. This is the moral of this story. Decide what you love and want to do in life. Then look for ways to do this in as many countries as you can. You gain enormous privacy, asset and sometimes tax benefits, if:

  1. You keep assets out of the country where you live.
  2. Even better if you do business out of the country where you live.
  3. Even better if you live out of the country where you are a citizen.
  4. Even better if you have a company outside the country where you are a citizen, resident and doing business.
  5. Even better if you have genuine partners who are not citizens or residents of the country where you are citizen and or live.

Yet the success of their business was based on something more important, which I'll describe in the second true story tomorrow.

Until then, good business and protection for your wealth!Gary