USA Market Entry

 

The US is one the world’s most attractive markets for foreign companies to establish operations.

International companies seeking to operate in the US face significant challenges given the multiple layers of taxation in the United States.

The choice of entity and manner of business operations can have a significant effect on the level and scope of US taxes. International tax treaties often have a significant impact.

Help is at hand – we are USA market entry specialists

If you plan to have a physical business presence in the US, you will need to set up a business and comply with federal tax laws as well as the tax laws of the state in which you choose to do business.

If you are planning to sell goods through the internet or via a US wholesaler partner, you may not have to set up a business.

It is always wise to get advice from an international tax specialist to make sure that you are making the right decisions to minimize your tax burden.

We provide companies seeking to enter the US with in-depth tax advice including structuring of their new business entity. We will work closely with your current team in your current country to ensure tax obligations are met on both sides.

For companies moving to the United States from the UK, Australia or Asia our US advisory team is able to leverage their close relationships with our offices in these regions for the benefit of our clients.

 
 

 

CHOOSING THE BEST BUSINESS STRUCTURE

In the US, businesses are typically set up as corporations, partnerships, or LLCs, depending on the needs and expectations of the owner. Each business structure is taxed slightly differently, so it is important to choose the best structure to meet your needs.

 

CORPORATIONS


Corporations are independent businesses and are subject to corporate tax on profits. Taxes are also paid on the dividends paid to shareholders which can result in double taxation. Some corporations are set up as S-corps, which can elect to be taxed like an LLC and considered a “pass through” entity.

 

PARTNERSHIPS


Partnerships are entities where two or more people agree to share the profits and losses of their business. The entity is treated as “pass through” and all profits are taxed at the personal level. The partners are considered personally liable for the business.

 

LLCS OR LIMITED LIABILITY CORPORATIONS


LLCs or limited liability corporations are also treated as pass through entities, although the owner or owners are not liable for losses incurred by the business.

 

UNDERSTAND THE BEST OPTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS

We take the time to identify your goals and provide tax and structuring strategies that assist in reaching your business objectives.

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CHOOSING THE BEST STATE

Taxes are levied at both the federal and state level in the US. As such, you will want to select a state that has little to no state-level corporate tax.

Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and South Dakota are often popular choices for this reason.

There are other considerations when selecting a state such as the availability of a skilled workforce, business regulations, and minimum wages.

Companies also often take advantage of Delaware’s state tax regulations to minimize their tax burden.

LICENSES AND VISAS

Depending on your intention to work in the US or to employ a board of directors and management team, you may need to apply for visas and certain licenses.

You can find a list of the visas with guidance on the Department of Homeland Security website.

 
 

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO SET UP A BUSINESS IN THE USA?

 
  • Developing a relationship with a trusted accountant with international tax experience
  • Register the business by reserving the company name and filing the company’s articles of organization and the company operating agreement.
  • Apply for a federal employer identification number (EIN)
  • Establish a registered agent
  • Register to collect state sales tax
  • Operations including finding appropriate property, hiring the right people, finding customers and clients
 

EXPAND TO THE USA WITH CONFIDENCE

If you are ready to launch your business in the US, we are US market entry specialists and excited to help you take your business to a new level. For companies expanding to the United States from the UK, Australia or Asia, our US advisory team is able to leverage their close relationships with our offices in these regions for the benefit of our clients.

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ADDITIONAL SERVICES WE CAN HELP YOU WITH

 
 

ENTITY SET UP


A successful business starts with a solid foundation. Our specialists are here to help you with every step of entity setup. From assessment and structuring to registration, documentation, and incorporation.

 

TAX PREPARATION SERVICES


Our team provide preparation and filing services for your income tax including Forms 1120, 1099, 1065 and State tax returns. We also assist with your W-2 and Schedule K-1 Forms and lodgement extension requests.

 

TAX ADVISORY


Tax issues involve structuring, tax planning, payroll, accounts, income tax, state taxes, federal taxes, international taxes, succession planning and more. We provide proactive, tailored tax advisory services to really help your business grow.

 

ENSURE YOUR USA EXPANSION IS A SUCCESS

Talk to us now to obtain clear, actionable advice to ensure you manage the setup and steps to entering the US market with a tax effective, and financially comprehensive plan in place.

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NEWS AND UPDATES

 

US Taxpayers given some Reporting Relief on certain Foreign Trust Investments


10th Mar 2020
Jurate Gulbinas

Section 6048 requires US taxpayers to make an annual report regarding financial or asset transfers in relation to the receipt of distributions from foreign trusts Taxpayers can be penalised if they...

 

Making a check-the-box election as a foreign corporation


4th Mar 2020
Jurate Gulbinas

This article relates to foreign business founders with an active business, who are moving to the US There is a risk that foreign earnings may be double taxed when your organisation is taxed as a US...

 

Online Business with No Physical Presence May Be Liable for US Sales Tax


29th Nov 2019
Jurate Gulbinas

In our previous article on the topic of sales tax in September 2018, titled “Understanding Sales Tax in the US” Click here to read the post, we discussed the ways in which US states themselves...

 

US Taxpayers given some Reporting Relief on certain Foreign Trust Investments


10th Mar 2020
Jurate Gulbinas

Section 6048 requires US taxpayers to make an annual report regarding financial or asset transfers in relation to the receipt of distributions from...

 

Making a check-the-box election as a foreign corporation


4th Mar 2020
Jurate Gulbinas

This article relates to foreign business founders with an active business, who are moving to the US There is a risk that foreign earnings may be...

 

Online Business with No Physical Presence May Be Liable for US Sales Tax


29th Nov 2019
Jurate Gulbinas

In our previous article on the topic of sales tax in September 2018, titled “Understanding Sales Tax in the US” Click here to read the post, we...