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An offshore company, or an offshore corporation, is a term that usually refers to a company incorporated under special legislation in one of the world's offshore financial centres (commonly known as offshore tax havens). Offshore corporate legislation typically targets non-residents and permits them to form, own and operate companies that have broad powers, are easy to administer and, above all, are subject to minimal or even zero taxation.

Confidentiality of ownership is also an important factor to many of those who decide to form an offshore company; in many offshore havens it is still possible to structure ownership of a company in such a way that the identity of beneficial owner is protected.

An offshore company can usually be owned and operated by persons of any nationality, and a visit to to the desired offshore centre is not necessary in order to incorporate one.

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