The 5 Things Non-US Citizens Must Do to Set Up a US LLC

1. Open a US bank account

If you don’t already have one, you’re going to need a US bank account. This is the only way the IRS will recognize your business as separate from your personal finances. It’s also the only way that you can receive payments for your goods and services.

2. Get an EIN

You don’t have to get one, but it’s best to do so. Your EIN is your social security number for your business. You can either get one yourself or have it applied for you through the local IRS office.

3. Register your business name and trademark

This is especially important if you’re going to be selling your products and services in the US. You don’t want to run the risk of someone stealing your concept and making millions off of it.

4. Choose a location

If you’re selling your products or services in the US, you have to have a physical address. However, many non-US citizens choose to incorporate their businesses in New York because it has highly flexible corporate laws and a very convenient tax rate.

5. Get a mailing address

The IRS requires all business documents to be sent to a physical address within the United States. If you choose a New York City address, mail will be forwarded directly to your business’s main office, eliminating the need for an additional mailing address.

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