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7 Tax-Friendly Countries for High-Net-Worth Expats 

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This article discusses seven tax-friendly countries for high-net-worth expats where they can go to enjoy the good life in exchange for low or even zero taxes.

Here at Nomad Capitalist, we often talk about my five magic words: “Go where you’re treated best.” You can take your life, money, investments, business, and even your citizenship to the places where they will receive the best treatment.

If you are a high-net-worth individual or even an ultra-high-net-worth individual, your needs are likely very different from those of an entrepreneur who is making an income but doesn’t have as much capital to invest.

When it comes to finding a place to settle down or set up a base, going where you’re treated best certainly involves varying personal preferences, but one preference we should all have in common is finding a tax-friendly or even tax-free place that we can call home.

If you are a high-net-worth looking for tax-friendly countries to live, work, or invest your capital – set up a call with us today. We’ll help you do just that.

1. Monaco

Monaco Zero Tax
In Monaco, you’ll trade high taxes for a high cost of living.

Right off the bat, Monaco is a tax-free country. This means that, for the most part, the taxman will leave you alone as long as you’re not a French citizen. 

The caveat is that you must put some time on the ground there. You can’t just have paper residence. You do need to live there.

But this is hardly a sacrifice!

Even though Monaco is the second smallest state after the Vatican, with a population of roughly 38,000 people, it has a luxurious vibe.

That said, this exclusivity comes with a hefty price tag. 

And it’s not only the cost of living. To live in this beautiful South Mediterranean country, you must put half a million euros in a bank account under your name. This amount cannot be touched during the duration of your residence permit. 

Then, after ten years, you will receive your permanent residence

This option is primarily meant for ultra-high-net-worth individuals who wouldn’t mind leaving several million euros on the table for the sake of convenience. 

2. Jersey

Jersey Mont Orgueil Castle
Do you want a country manor alongside tax-friendly policies? Jersey may be for you!

Jersey is one option that people do not talk about much. 

It is connected to the United Kingdom as it is a British Crown dependency, but it governs its affairs, which allows it to have a very tax-friendly system. 

You can run a company from Jersey and pay basically no tax. You can also get residence as a person of means, wherein you essentially pay a flat tax of £145,000. 

So, if you’re making millions of dollars a year, this is certainly an interesting option – especially because of its close relation to the UK and its proximity to London. This would allow you to enjoy one of the most vibrant cities on the planet whilst still retaining privacy.

In other words, you can have a manor house with beautiful gardens, top-of-the-line infrastructure, and close proximity to where the action is happening, all while being both exclusive and far enough away that you can enjoy privacy.

3. The UAE

Abu Dhabi, Dubai for high-net-worth expats
You can’t get more tax-friendly than the 0% personal income tax rates in the UAE.

UAE has long been a popular choice for folks who want the best: a relatively hassle-free residency permit and no personal income tax. 

However, it is becoming less hospitable for businesses with the introduction of 5% VAT and the new corporate tax rate of 9%. And the latest information from the Ministry of Finance suggests not all free zone companies will be exempt. 

You can even pick the type of atmosphere you experience in your day-to-day, as the two main cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi have two distinctive feelings. 

As you can read about in our expat guide, Dubai is more focused on the entertainment lifestyle. On the other hand, Abu Dhabi is a bit more “old money,” traditional, calmer, and not so busy.

Wherever you ultimately pick, though, what you will notice is that the standard of service is excellent. 

Life is good in the UAE. You don’t need to worry about much – if anything, you can hire someone in the UAE to worry for you – as every service and product you could ever want is available there. 

It bears saying that some people are hesitant about the Middle East, perhaps understandably. But what you will find when you actually go there is that you will always be treated exceptionally well, and it is very safe. 

4. Singapore

Singapore Tax-friendly for high-net-worth expats
Singapore attracts millionaires from all over the world with its tax-friendly policies.

Singapore – nicknamed “The Little Red Dot” on the Southeast Asian Sea, given that it’s too small to be shown on most maps – looks somewhat unassuming at first glance. But contrary to all expectations, Singapore has become one of the most important, as well as exciting, business and cultural centers of the world. 

A fifth of the citizens in this nation-state are US dollar-denominated millionaires, and a good portion of them come from all over the world, with all manner of backgrounds. 

If you want to rub shoulders with some of the world’s most important people combined with a stable political climate, world-class healthcare, and transportation systems – Singapore is a place worth considering. 

The one caveat is that people sometimes say Singapore is sterile. It’s not without reason that people have called it “Disneyland but with the death penalty.”

Other emerging countries around it are more vibrant and have more character, as our own personal preference for Malaysia would attest. 

Nevertheless, if you are looking for a place that’s very well put together and everything works, then Singapore is an excellent place. 

If you would like to live there and you have about SGD10 million, you can get a residence permit via their Global Investor Programme. This can take two forms, either you invest that money into a fund, or you can start and run a business with that money (though this route has more restrictions).

Overall, Singapore is a great location, especially if you are someone who wants to be in a changing economy and near emerging markets to invest in them. After all, you are a stone’s throw away from Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, and Vietnam, to name a few.

5. Bahamas

Bahamas tax-friendly country
Want somewhere tax-friendly and close to the US? Consider the Bahamas.

The Bahamas is an exciting option for high-net-worth individuals seeking privacy without feeling trapped, as there is no minimum stay requirement, and the forty-five-minute flight to Miami offers an easy connection to a first-world country. 

Foreign investors may be eligible for a permanent residence permit based on a residential property purchase of at least BSD750,000. One crucial detail is that the residence must be entirely constructed. 

You can also accelerate the bureaucratic process to be done within under 21 days if your property is worth at least $1.5 million.

The Bahamas is a true tax haven – there are no direct taxes such as corporate income tax, personal income tax, or net worth tax.  

It is an excellent place for entrepreneurs, too, as you can incorporate your business there and benefit from the tax-neutral environment.

The Bahamas has all four significant benefits in one – tax exemption, privacy, confidentiality, and low accounting requirements. What more could you ask for?

6. Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands tax-free for high-net-worth expats
The Cayman Islands is one of the most tax-friendly countries around.

The whole Caribbean is well-known for its tax haven status, but the Cayman Islands is the crown jewel of the lot.

As an English-speaking British Overseas Territory, the Cayman Islands is an excellent choice for a luxury lifestyle.

If moving to the Cayman Islands sounds appealing to you, then we have good news – getting a Cayman Islands residency is pretty straightforward.

However, while becoming a resident of the Cayman Islands isn’t too difficult, it is expensive. If you want to move there, you’ll need to be prepared to spend over $1 million – even for just a temporary residence permit.

Having said that, numerous fringe benefits are not available in other Caribbean countries. For example, eventually, you can become the holder of a British Overseas Territories (Cayman Islands) passport and then even apply to register as a British Citizen with all the privileges that entail.

As always, whether Cayman Islands residency is a good choice for you will depend on your needs and circumstances. The island life is tempting, but there might be better choices out there.

7. Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda tax-friendly country
Although it is not tax-free, Antigua and Barbuda is a relatively tax-friendly jurisdiction.

Antigua and Barbuda offers the cheapest CBI program for families of up to four members, making it an excellent option for families.

Even if you’re a solo investor, having a cheap second passport can help you in many ways.

However, if you want a hassle-free place to live with certain tax benefits, though not entirely tax-free, citizenship by investment in Antigua is right in the middle of the Caribbean pack regarding fees and offerings. 

Best Tax-Friendly Countries for High-Net Worth Expats

Go Where You’re Treated Best

Some people like the idea of Europe and the developed world. Others enjoy island living, where they can enjoy privacy with beautiful beaches. Still, others prefer the fantastic services you can find in the UAE or an excellent local economy like Singapore.

Everyone has different needs, so we can’t prescribe one single location without knowing about your specific circumstances. 

If you want help determining what is ideal for you, your business, and your family, feel free to reach out to our team to discover where you will be treated best.  

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