The 8th Edition of Bob Bauman's book Where to Stash Your Cash Legally is now on the market. I haven't read it yet. But, I can recommend the 7th Edition, which the publisher -- Sovereign Offshore Services LLC -- is now offering as a free download. Details in a moment.
Bob Bauman is a lawyer and former U.S. Congressman. For 25 years he has been researching offshore opportunities for recovering financial freedom, and preserving wealth. He has a lot to say about the loss of personal privacy and financial freedom in the United States; and about citizenship, foreign residency, foreign banking, foreign investing, wealth preservation, and tax avoidance.
Before you consider moving your banking offshore, setting up an offshore company or trust, establishing residency offshore, or renouncing your U.S. citizenship -- you should read this book. It won't be the final step in your due diligence -- rather, it will be the first step, giving you a broad overview of what "offshore" entails, and pointing you in the direction your due diligence should proceed.
To give you a summary of the book's theme and purpose, I have copied and pasted the Author's Comment (a sort of Preface) from the 7th Edition.
At the end of this post, I'll provide a link for downloading the entire 560-page book from the publisher.
Ask any reasonably intelligent person in the United States (or many other countries) what they know about “offshore” financial activity and usually you will get an answer loaded with uninformed, even preposterous theories.
Offshore, you will be told, is an evil place populated with secret numbered bank accounts, sinister con men and fraudsters, money launderers, drug kingpins, rapacious bankers and corrupt foreign politicians on tropical islands grasping for briefcases full of cash bribes.
Thanks to U.S. Internal Revenue Service propaganda, a complicit and lazy “news” media, far too many potboiler novels, sensational Hollywood movies and TV shows, the popular notion of “offshore” has been carefully crafted as an international sinkhole of tax evasion, fraud, and criminally corrupt, greedy officials.
Too few people realize that offshore financial centers (formerly known as “tax havens”) serve as vital links in international finance, banking and investment, as well as providing much needed low tax competition for the high tax, deficit spending, hugely indebted welfare states.
For a quarter century, I have been researching and writing about offshore financial matters. That has included topics such as tax havens and asset havens, offshore banking, asset protection trusts, international business corporations, family foundations, limited liability companies, financial privacy, residence and second citizenship and about the general state of the offshore financial world.
Even though I had earned a degree in international relations, a law degree, served in the Maryland State Senate and also spent eight years as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, when I began this work I quickly discovered how little I knew about the real “offshore” world.
My early and limited acquaintance with “offshore” matters had created a similarly erroneous impression that too many people have to this day.
For 25 years or more, tax-hungry politicians from high-tax welfare states—including the U.S. government, together with their global leftist political allies—have mounted a series of largely false attacks on the offshore financial world. They intentionally have smeared offshore financial centers as venues of tax evasion, drug money and terrorist cash. At one point these attacks even advanced the preposterous claim that tax havens caused the 2008–2012 global housing and banking recession.
Their collective motive is obvious: the politicians want to tax more so they can spend more, hoping to buy popular support, thus enabling continued power and the continuation of their failed policies.
Then too, many American attorneys, accountants, insurance agents and stock brokers have a vested interest in keeping their clients close to home, thus they warn against going offshore. They, like the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, want to keep you and your money where they can get to it.
Don’t be fooled.
In spite of recent restrictions it is fully legal for Americans to bank, invest, and purchase real estate, annuities and life insurance offshore. When this fog of manufactured lies is cleared away, the truth about “offshore” opportunities and profits is very impressive.
But finding the truth for the first-time offshore adventurer can be a frustrating, discouraging task and, if you get burnt, a very short and unpleasant journey. Care is called for because there are many offshore fraudsters waiting to fleece the unwary.
The offshore world offers Americans few tax savings, certainly not as many as slick promoters claim. That’s because American citizens and U.S. resident aliens are taxed on their worldwide income, while most other nations impose “territorial” taxes, mainly on earnings within their own national borders. For those more sensible countries, taxes end at the border.
But going offshore for Americans does offer some limited tax deferral and, most of all, in this lawsuit-happy age, it offers ironclad asset protection. It also guarantees far more financial privacy (and yes, secrecy) than can be found in many other countries or most certainly in the United States, where the so-called PATRIOT Act has destroyed all financial privacy.
During the 14 years since the first edition of this book appeared, U.S. politicians and government bureaucrats have become an army of control freaks when it comes to Americans’ offshore financial activity. They have imposed an entangling web of border controls, travel controls, currency controls, foreign investment and banking controls, all the while repeatedly implying that “going offshore” is somehow illegal (it is not) and even unpatriotic.
The politicians shamelessly used the New York City and Washington, D.C., terror attacks on September 11, 2001, as an excuse for even greater control. The continuing 2008 global financial crisis serves as yet another pretext not only to impose more financial controls, but to spend trillions of taxpayers’ dollars to bail out banks and businesses, foreign and domestic, greatly increasing the ranks of those who are indebted to the existing system of Big Brother government.
Counter-productive government controls and regulations stifling the American economy have grown exponentially. The invasion of every aspect of law-abiding Americans’ privacy, we now know, is carried out in secret under the PATRIOT Act by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and numerous federal, state and local police agencies. The record of the NSA and the FBI in the last decade is one long list of abused powers and unconstitutional acts, followed by apologies and promises to sin no more—but only when they get caught.
A few years ago the U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General Report criticized the FBI abuse of “national security letters” (NSLs) in obtaining thousands of telephone, business and financial records without prior judicial approval. Although they cited the PATRIOT Act as their authority, the DOJ found the FBI illegally issued more than 20,000 NSLs, most having nothing to do with terrorism.
Thanks to the courageous revelations of former NSA analyst, Edward Snowden, the world now knows that the NSA, at least since 2005, has been tracking, reading, listening and recording everyone’s phone calls, emails as well as our financial and other records, a massive violation of our privacy.
U.S. government civil asset forfeiture seizures are aimed mainly at innocent people never charged with a crime, as state and federal police agencies seek easy sources of increased income. Forfeiture revenue gains soared from $27 million in 1985 to $556 million in 1993. In 2012 the U.S. Department of Justice took in nearly $4.2 billion in forfeitures, a record, and that does not include millions more in state and local forfeiture income.
So what does all this have to do with offshore financial havens and your ability to “go offshore”? If you cannot answer that question easily you may be in trouble already.
Wherever you live, thankfully “offshore” is a place well outside the immediate jurisdiction of your home country’s government and its executive and judicial agencies.
When you move some or all of your cash, assets and investments offshore, you place them on the other side of a political and legal wall that stands as a formidable obstacle. Offshore serves as far more than a speed bump to lawsuits, claims, disgruntled business partners or a spouse, family members and even to your government and its regulations or unexpected laws.
Asset protection planning means taking steps well in advance of potential trouble to protect your assets, property, savings, investments, stocks, businesses, retirement and inheritances. Advance planning against unexpected threats takes on a new meaning considering the events in the United States and throughout the world today. History teaches that things can and do change quickly. Don’t ever think you are immune from financial and personal harm.
That’s what this book is all about—legal ways for you to protect your wealth, invest and increase your money, save on taxes, make your home and find financial privacy—and peace of mind—by “going offshore.”
I will tell you the who, what, why, when and where of the offshore world—based on my personal experiences, and I will connect you with the many experts with whom The Sovereign Society works across the globe; the same trusted professionals you’ll find listed in these pages for your own personal use.
Welcome to the offshore world,
Robert E. Bauman, JD
Delray Beach, Florida
To download Robert Bauman's Where to Stash Your Cash Legally, 7th Edition (2013), click this LINK. This is not a gypsy download. It's a legitimate, free .pdf version of the book from the copyright holder (Sovereign Offshore Services LLC).
The 8th Edition (latest edition), published in 2015, is not available for free (legal) download. It's currently available (used paperback copy) on eBay for $5.
Regarding Panama: I have posted a lengthy THREAD (beginning a year ago) on The Panama Papers Scandal, which involves money laundering and tax evasion on the part of clients of one Panama firm -- Mossack Fonseca.
Bob Bauman's book, the 7th and 8th Editions of which were published prior to the eruption of the scandal in Panama, recommends Panama as one of several offshore tax havens. (See pages 209-224 in the 7th Edition.) Bauman's book does not advocate money laundering, nor does it advocate tax evasion (which is distinct from tax avoidance). The book recommends contacts in Panama that are trusted by Bauman and by the Sovereign Society. It does not mention Mossack Fonseca.
In my opinion, it's important to draw a sharp distinction between one criminal law firm (Mossack Fonseca) and the country (Panama) in which that law firm operated. Perhaps the investigative journalists who revealed The Panama Papers Scandal should have called their work The Mossack Fonseca Scandal.