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35+ years of customer satisfaction for US and non-US residents
35+ years of customer satisfaction for US and non-US residents
Learn the 7 BIGGEST MISTAKES non-residents make when setting up a US company
We specialize in U.S. business formation for Australian residents and know exactly how to guide you.
If you meet the occupational criteria for an E-3 Work Visa, coming to work in the U.S. is a straightforward process.
It’s also important to us that every consideration is factored in, reducing potential friction while protecting your interests.
For example, we recommend that Australians forming a U.S. business first set up a trust in Australia to shield their assets, working with their own accountant or lawyer. It’s an extra layer of security during the incorporation process.
We’ve specialized in fast, dependable incorporation services for Australians since 1983.
Location, entity type, business model… These are key considerations for any business, but they take on an extra level of importance when you are fitting within the U.S. tax, legal, and economic structure.
Whether you are forming a Business Corporation or LLC, there are very specific documents that need to be acquired and processed in a timely fashion. We can help you every step of the way.
Opening a U.S. business as a Australian resident may require extra steps, but we are completely committed to helping you reach the finish line as efficiently as possible.
This key decision really hinges on three factors: where in the US you will be setting up your business, whether you will be operating in one state or several states, and whether you prefer the laws of a particular state over the laws of the state where you will be doing business. We can help you navigate this decision as we review your specific goals with you.
Delaware, Nevada, and Wyoming are often mentioned because if you are incorporated there, but do all business outside the state, then there is no income tax. It’s important to note, however, that no state is allowed to tax the income of a company that is not doing business there. Nevada and Wyoming have no corporate income tax, but several other states also do not. Delaware is specifically appealing because it has a well-advanced business court system that makes it trusted among corporate attorneys.
We understand the appeal, but it is honestly very difficult to open an account with a US bank without visiting the US. Why? A bank can make itself vulnerable to penalties if they fail to know their client well, and find themselves inadvertently associated with any criminal activity. With that said, if you do find a bank willing to open the account for you as a non-resident owned business, just be very careful to not do anything that raises concern.
For your protection and ours, we do not open bank accounts on behalf of a client. If you do find someone who will, please be extremely cautious since they will have control over your accounts and money.
It’s not required, but it’s recommended. Having a US partner who is familiar with how business is done can be very helpful.
In order to set up a new company, a formation document is filed with the Secretary of State in the state where you want to incorporate. Each state has its own laws, procedures, and fees, so there is no one set of laws that apply in every case. But don’t worry: we can help you through the process.
As a company formation firm, we require two forms of identification for each officer, director, shareholder, manager, and member.
No, you don’t need to visit in order to set up your company here. With rare exceptions, however, it is necessary to come to the US to open your bank account.
Every corporation or LLC formed in (or doing business in) the US must obtain an EIN/federal tax number. In order to obtain an EIN, IRS Form SS4 must be prepared and signed by a Responsible Party, who is the person who ultimately owns or controls the entity or who exercises ultimate effective control over the entity. If this person does not have a Social Security Number (ITIN does not work), then the SS4 must be faxed or mailed to the appropriate IRS office, where within a few months the IRS will process the application and return it to the mailing address provided on the form. Once again, we are here to help and can guide you through the process just as efficiently as possible.
It depends. For treaty visas, like the E-1 and E-2, a company has to be set up and operational before applying for the visa. L-1 visas also require that the US company exist and be capitalized before an application can be submitted. If you hold a B1/B2 visa, then having a US company can be a valid reason to enter the US temporarily, but these visas do not allow you to do work for the company, aside from attending board meetings and other high-level functions.
The cost of setting up a company will depend on which state you choose, and which entity type the company will be. There are additional costs as well, including obtaining the federal tax number, getting a BE-13 waiver, company secretary service, mail forwarding or virtual office service, and other items. Some situations will require additional business registrations and other extended services.
Every situation is unique, and our clients typically require a combination of services to achieve their goals. Rather than provide a “sample price” on our website, we’d rather truly understand your needs and provide an accurate, honest quote.
We understand! You have a lot of decisions to make, a business to start, and want to save money wherever possible. In this case, we would encourage you to look beyond cost, and consider value.
As U.S.company formation experts, the professional you speak with has been highly-trained and isn’t just reading from a script. This investment in the quality of service you receive may cost more up front, but it turns into time and money saved.
We know how to help you make the best choices possible, and answer your questions regarding the type of entity you need, which state to incorporate in, how the tax system works, whether you need to register to do business in other states, immigration, and more. If needed, we will refer you to one of our legal or accounting experts for direction based on your individual situation.