Decide On a Company Structure
As a foreign business, the first thing you will need to establish after deciding to start doing business in the US is a company structure. Many larger companies opt to become C corporations. This lets them offer unlimited stocks, in addition to being taxed separately from their owners (which becomes increasingly more important as your business grows).C corporations are generally seen as more favorable by investors. Take note, however, that if you choose this approach, you will be taxed twice, first as the corporation, then as a shareholder.
The advantage corporate shareholders have in this case is that as long as your company does not deal with real estate, you will not need to pay for any capital gains. This sort of taxation shields you from the IRS’s influence, and as many foreign business owners are reluctant to be put on US tax rolls, this is an excellent choice.
It is worth keeping in mind that you can “cut” the double tax using salaries, pension costs and various other expenses a company naturally accrues. In case you do not think a C corporation is for you, do not worry, the US has a variety of other business structures to suit your needs.