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How to withdraw money from offshore bank account?


Question

How can I withdraw money I have saved in my offshore account and use it in my country of residence?

Answer

Customers can withdraw their money from offshore bank account in their country of residence with debit or credit card. When the client opens offshore bank account, he requests a VISA or MasterCard debit or credit card to make purchases or withdrawals of cash. Can I withdraw money at any ATM in my country of residence? Yes, 99.99% of ATMs accept VISA or MasterCard and you can withdraw cash without any problems. What fees will be charged to my card for each withdrawal? Depending on the jurisdiction where the bank account is opened, you may have higher or lower commissions. Normally the commissions that are charged for the withdrawal of money are from 2.5 to 3.50 euros per each 600 euros. 

Another way to have the money from your offshore bank account in your country of residence would be by bank wire transfer but note that if you transfer the money from a personal offshore account opened in your name to another personal bank account of yours the transfer gets registered in both banks. As a consequence, the tax authorities of your country of residence will know that the person who sends the money and the person who receives is the same one and you will be obliged to pay all the taxes for the income obtained in your offshore account. In order to avoid this situation we recommend opening a numbered account in Andorra or registering an offshore company so that the name of the person who sends the money does not appear. This way you can have the money from your offshore bank account in your country of residence and maintain your anonymity.

The most unusual way to have the money from the offshore bank account in your country would be to visit the bank and make a withdrawal in cash. Once you have your cash you can bring it to your country of residence. However, before choosing this option please check crossing boarder regulations for the limits of money in cash you can bring in to your country of residence. 

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Charity
My boyfriend sent me money from an offshore account its port elite bank in Germany I'm in South Africa, when I transfer the money into my personal account they sent me an Imail saying I must pay R3800first to get the active account code(AAC), isn't that a scam, please help
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Admin

Dear Charity, 

Thank you for getting in touch with our company. Usually the clients are not required to pay for incoming payments. What we can recommend you is to get in touch with customer service of your bank and leave a claim regarding this payment, asking for a better explanations of the reasons they want to charge you that amount.

If the situation doesn't get solved after that, we recommend you to contact any local lawyer. 

Regards

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Hamza

hello everyone. I have an issue. I made investment in turkey and got profit from them they first said that the profit is reversed it can't be send to my local bank account. Then they created a offshore bank account in turkey of mine. And semt my profit to my offshore account so that can i easily transfer my amount to my local beneficiary account. But they charged me 4 types of taxes before getting my profit. And now again they are asking me to send 950usd to get certified from istanbul chamber of commerce. Now im stucked there my profit is also there in the offshore account. Is thereanyine here to advise me. Is it scam or fraud. I have almost paid 4000 usd taxes of 4 types now again they asked me to deposit 950 usd to transfer my funds.

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Admin

Dear Hamza, 

In order to enjoy all the advantages of offshore bank account it should be opened in a jurisdiction different to your country of residence or the country of origin of funds.

If you decide to transfer your profit to your country of residence you have to declare it and pay tax. 

We would highly recommend you to contact a local Turkish lawyer who would advise you on tax regime in Turkey and why you were obliged to pay this amount without being a resident in this country. We hope you will be able to solve this issue. 

Regards

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Amy l Larimore
I have someone that wants me to transfer money from his offshore account to mine when would I have to pay the tax fee and he says there is an upfront fee of ten percent that needs to be paid before transfer how legit is this.
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Dear Amy, 

Thank you for getting in touch with our company. Regarding your question we recommend you to contact a lawyer who is specialized in banking law. All financial entities and offshore jurisdictions have their own requirements and regulations and without knowing well your situation it is hard to provide your with correct guidance. 

Regards

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SUNIL SINHA
I have a friend who has a predicament. She inherited a large sum of money from her deceased father but it is in an off-shore account. When she tried to get the money transferred to her bank account in the U.S., she got an email saying a very large amount of tax had to be paid before the money could be transferred. Unfortunately she does not have currently the means to pay this tax before receiving the money. What options does she have?
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Dear Sunil, 

One of the options that you friend has is to open a personal account in another offshore jurisdiction, where she is not a fiscal resident and transfer the money there. Then, with ATM withdrawals she can use it little by little. However, depending on the nationality, her country might have an agreement of exchange of financial information with the country where she wants to open an account. Therefore, she should choose well before transferring her funds to any account. 

If she decides to transfer the funds to her country of residence, then yes, she will have to pay tax on this money in order to be able to use it legally.

Regards

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SUNIL SINHA
Thank you for the above reply to my question. Based on that, my friend decided not to transfer the account back here but instead to get an ATM card for the account over there and use it that way. However her lawyer says she needs to obtain a "United Nations Clearance Certificate for Money Laundering" from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which will cost her $ 21,000 before he can get her an ATM card. I THINK THIS IS A SCAM. Please advise. Regards, Sunil
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Dear Sunil Sinha, 

It all depends on the county where your friend has decided to open a bank account with an ATM card attached to it. I can not speak for all jurisdictions, but normally, in majority of them, this certificate is not a requirement and especially such high commissions for it. 

At the same time, I don't have all the information about this inheritance and offshore account that her father had. I would highly recommend you to hire a lawyer to make sure that all the procedures are completed within a legal frame and without scam. 

Regards

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