Over 300 million consumers strong, the United States of America remains a popular market for international expansion. While state to state variations in requirements such as annual reports and franchise tax may make the US seem like different jurisdictions in one country, with the right guidance navigating the US system can be simple and cost-effective.
IBCF is based in the United States and can help you do business in all 50 states, Washington DC and US territories! Please contact us today to find out more.
IBCF Services in United States
- Entity Formations and Foreign Registrations
Company formation in the US is generally quick and efficient, taking no more than a few days in most states and mere hours in others. While starting a company in the United States is generally inexpensive compared to most jurisdictions, state fees vary widely and it should be noted that some states such as Nevada require payment of an annual general business license, regardless of industry. Many companies choose Delaware as their state of incorporation because of its favorable tax policies and pro-business culture, but other popular choices include New York, Wyoming, California and Florida. Please contact IBCF for specific fees and Secretary of State requirements. We adhere to a strict due diligence policy and require certified copies of identity documents and proof of residential address for all beneficial owners. Our article on company formation for non-US residents may be a helpful starting point when looking to set up in the United States.
While the definition of “doing business” varies from state to state, if a company is looking to hire employees or advertise locally in a state that is not their original state of incorporation, a foreign qualification is necessary. Some large companies are qualified to do business in all 50 states and Washington DC!
- Registered Agent/Registered Office
A registered agent is required in every state where a company is qualified to do business—IBCF can act as your registered agent throughout the US and US territories.
- Document Retrievals (i.e Good Standing, Certified Copy)
IBCF has extensive experience with obtaining documents from requested Secretary of States offices. Generally most states issue good standing certificates, while some may issue a certificate of status or certificate of fact. Most of the time, the certificate issued serves the same function.
State offices will issue certified copies of filings that have been submitted for an entity. Generally speaking, most clients request certified copies of the formation documents, but most states can issue certified copies for other filings such as amendments and annual reports.
Please note, each state is different with the documents they issue. Please contact IBCF through the form on your left and we will be happy to advise what is available.
Being party to the Hague Convention, the United States can issue and accept the apostille.
If a document that is certified or notarized in the United States is needed for use in a Country not party to the Hague, IBCF can arrange for a Legalization at that countries consulate.
- Due Diligence Searches (i.e Lien, Judgment, Bankruptcy)