Starting a business in the US by a foreign national living abroad
by WhitePhoenix, Window Shopper
- Created: September 9, 2010, 7:55 am
I looked through the 'Starting a business as a foreign national' article which made clear to me that it is possible to set up a business in the US even though I'm not a US citizen or live there. However there are several practical issues I could not find information on or am confused about.
1. The article said that there must be a 'registered agent' in the US, that can receive documents etc. While I do know someone there who can help out when necessary, what I wanted to know is - is it possible to go through all 10 steps necessary to start the business myself, or does the agent need to get involved? If so, how much/for which steps?
2. Does this apply to all types of incorporation?
3. Does taxation vary between states? If so, assuming there is flexibility on which state I can start the business in, is there a matrix of the levels of tax payable in each state?
4. Should I choose to move to the US, does any type of corp structure help me get a VISA? Or does any type of structure make it more difficult for me?
I'm sure I have more questions but that would be a good starting point :)
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