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The United States is a great country to start a new business venture. Not only is a large consumer market but also offers great conditions to set up your business. In general, to own or start a business in the U.S. does not require as many formalities or legal paperwork as required in other countries. The U.S. is known as a country where people can trust each other and do business in good faith, most companies and people do business in an efficient and productive way without bureaucracy, taking care of the most important element, your business. Suppliers and distributors in general grant lines of credit of thousands of dollars to people or companies doing business. There are several opportunities and incentives to buy, own or start your own business in the United States. The U.S. government tries to make things easy and simple so that business owners can create or maintain a business without too much hassle.
There are several Federal and State organizations that help the small business, providing business loans, and resources about how to start a business
This publication about how to start a business in the United States provides complete information about all the business, legal and basic aspects business owners should know before starting or buying a business. Incorporation, legal entities, immigration requirements, business licenses, credit, banking, taxes, trademarks, insurance requirements and other important issues for new business owners.
Immigration Requirements to Own a Business
One of the main question arising when considering to start or buy a U.S. business is what type of visa or immigration status is required in order to have a business in the United States. This information package covers information about visas, green cards, work permit and other important issues that foreign business owners should consider when starting a business in the U.S. There are different routes on how to comply with immigration requirements. Business owners may be passive owners using a regular non-immigrant visa, or actually obtain a business investor visa in order to be allowed to work and live in the United States for a few years working on their business. Entrepreneurs making a high investment can also apply for a Green Card. The advantage of a green card versus a visa is that a green card is permanent, but an investor visa can only be renewed or extended for a few years. Another advantage of a green card is the possibility to apply for U.S. citizenship after holding a green card for a few years. Requirements for an investor or business visa are easier and the required investment is much lower than when applying for a green card. Order and download the How to start a U.S. business manual to learn more about immigration issues for business owners.
Registering a Business or Legal Entity versus doing Business as an Individual Sole Proprietorship
There are several pros and cons when doing business as an individual or when registering a corporation or other legal business entity. Business entities are usually registered at the state level. The how to start a business guide includes state by state incorporation information and explanation of the main legal entities available for registration. Business owners are free to create their business as an individual or to register a corporation. In addition to business entities trademarks, services marks and DBAs (Doing Business As) can be used or registered.
There are several applicable taxes for the U.S. business and also for business owners. The How to Start a Business package includes information about income tax, dividends tax, corporate income tax, sales tax and other applicable taxes. The good news is that U.S. tax rates in general are much lower than taxes in other countries. Dividends and Royalty tax rates are very low. Corporate income tax is also very low, helping business to maximize profits and reduce expenses. The U.S. is a great place to create a business. Included in this publication information to apply for a tax identification number for the business, ITIN for individuals not eligible to obtain a social security and more information and resources for business owners.
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