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If you are thinking of starting a business abroad, you must have already considered the United States. Many people seek us daily to learn more about how to open a company in the USA and what obligations are necessary to make it happen in the safest and simplest way possible.
However, fear of bureaucracy or lack of knowledge of the process ends up discouraging some people.
Our objective in this article is to show that the process of opening a company in the US is less bureaucratic than imagined, remotely, without the need to be present in the country. Best of all, it can be done directly in your language with a Brazilian Accountant in Florida. Check out all the steps and possibilities!
Step 1 - Define your company name
The name must be unique, we advise having two or more name options. Because at the time of incorporation of the company the main name may be unavailable.
It is also important to remember that in Portuguese we use some accents, unlike English. For example, many customers choose to replicate a company name that already exists in Brazil because of the brand and it is not always possible, it is recommended to avoid accents or words that have different meanings for the American.
Tip choose a simple, good-sounding American name and preferably have English words.
Step 2 - Choose the type of company
It is important to consult an accountant to guide you on which one will be the best option for your company.
Step 3 - Business Address
Every US company requires an address in US territory. For this you can use virtual offices, shared rooms or virtual addresses.
Step 4 - Registered Agent
You will need to list a “Registered Agent” with your company. He will be responsible for receiving official communications from the state, courts, etc. It can be an individual or a company.
Akin offers this type of service including in the process of opening your company. Learn more here.
Step 5 - State Registration
File with the Florida Department of State or the state you choose to incorporate your business in to create a legal entity. To do so, you will need to provide the state with the name of the company, a business address and the name and address of the partners.
Step 6 - EIN/Tax ID (American CNPJ)
Obtain the EIN (Federal Employer Identification Number). Through the SS4 form you will obtain the IRS (Internal Revenue Service – Federal Government Revenue Department). This number will be used for tax filing and other business transactions.
On income tax returns, this will be your identification number. The EIN (or TAX ID) is your US business identification number.
Step 7 – Bank Account
It is extremely important that your company has an account with an American bank, whether in person or online. Akin has partner banks with a Brazilian manager who can help you in this step as well.
Step 8 – Tax Collector's Office
After the above steps, you must register your business with your county's Tax Collector's Office to obtain the “Florida Business License”.
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