Originally Posted by scottyb
maybey but being fiscally transparent (apparently) I would have reservations about using them for tax purposes.
On the other side of the coin those UK companies aren't being shunned by 99% of banks outside of the US. Better to use one of them as it a good jurisdiction (not Seychelles or Marshall islands) and easy as to put a dormant company form in each year. Also the cost of maintaining these exotic companies is ridiculous.
As previously stated, each situation is different and the circumstance must be judged individually. In your case maybe it isn't the best solution, but your original questions was;
"Are these totally useless will anyone outside the US open an account with them for non US persons. "
And the answer to that question is "no", they are not "totally" useless.