Even if you are not a resident or citizen, you can invest in the United States. B1 visa holders – business visa – have the right to acquire property, sign contracts and establish a business in the country. However, there are several steps and rules for starting a business, which may vary from state to state. It is important to be informed of the legal issues regarding the process and to always consult your attorney.
The two initial steps to open a business are: applying to register in the state you chose and establishing a registered agent, with a valid address. This agent can be either the owner of the business or another person who is authorized to receive legal papers on behalf of the company.
According to lawyer Genilde Guerra, from Kravitz & Guerra Law Offices, in Miami,FL, paying taxes is another issue to be cautious of. “The
U.S.tax code can be confusing, even for those who live in the country for a long time. The violation of fees may result in penalties”, she said.
Foreigners who do not have a social security number need to request an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to begin the process of opening your company.
Lean the ten basic steps for opening your own business, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration:
1 – Start a business plan: provide executive summary, business description, marketing and management plans, finance projections and the necessary documentation.
2 – Seek assistance and training: Look for professional advice and take advantage of free training sessions that will teach you from how to prepare the business plan to finance expansion and relocation.
3 – Define the business location: Find a location conducive to your type of company.
4 – Finance: Search options for government loans, venture capital and research grants.
5 – Determine the legal structure of your business: you must define the business entity type. The business structure determines which income tax return must be filed. The options of legal structures are:
6 – Register a business name: for sole proprietors it will be the owner’s full name. For partnerships the legal name is the one given in the agreement or it can be formed by the last names of the partners. For LLCs and corporations, it is the same legal name that has been registered with the state government.
7 – Get a Tax Identification Number: find out what type of identification is necessary for your case.
8 – Register for state and local taxes: apply for an ID number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disabilities insurance.
9 – Get licenses: Get a list of federal, state and local licenses that are required to start your business.
10 – Understand employer responsibilities: Learn the necessary legal steps to hire employees..