Frequent questions

These are common questions from our clients about starting a business in the United States.

If i am a foreigner and do not live in the US, can i create my company?

Yes, every foreign citizen who does not live in the United States has the possibility of creating his/her Company in any of the 50 States.

Do i need a physical address in the US to create my company?

Indeed, it is necessary to have a physical address to be able to Register your Company in any of the 50 US states. At Matrix International we can help you with this service.

What is a registered agent?

A Registered Agent is a person or entity, designated in the organizational charter, being an LLC or a CORP, that can accept legal documents and notifications from a state office on behalf of the corporate entity. The Registered Agent service is totally free for our clients in the first year, as this is included in the Company Creation services.

Why do i need a registered agent?

In the US it is mandatory to have a Registered Agent by the time your company is registered.

What is EIN?

The EIN for its acronym in English, Employer Identification Number, is a document that consists of 9 digits and identifies each company created in the United States. This is essential for opening the company's bank account and being able to operate.

The management of this document is carried out before the Internal Revenue Service and is included in the registration services of your Company.

What is the ITIN?

Individual Taxpayer Identification Number is your taxpayer number in the United States.

What is an ITIN used for?

The IRS issues the ITIN to help comply with United States tax laws and to provide people who do not have the requirements to obtain an SSN number, a way to process their tax returns. They are issued regardless of immigration status, since both resident aliens and non-residents may be required to file a tax return.

ITINs do not serve any purpose other than the filing of federal tax returns, that is, the ITIN does not give you any benefits or immigration status.

Do i need an ITIN?

You must obtain an ITIN if:
•You do not have a Social Security Number (SSN) or are ineligible to obtain one.
• You are required to provide a federal tax identification number or file a federal tax return.
• You must open a personal bank account.

How do i create invoices at my american company?

The United States Government does not regulate billing, so there is no defined format for billing.

Do i need employees in the US to be able to operate?

No, you don't need to have employees to run your business. Your American company, when registered, will be able to hire employees anywhere in the world, and will be governed by labor laws according to the country in which you hire this human resource. In case of hiring personnel within the United States, they must be a citizen, an American resident, or have a VISA that allows them to work in this country.

Do i have to have an initial or social capital to create my company in the USA?

To start your business in the United States, you only need to have your company registration, the EIN, and the bank account of your business, so an Initial or Social Capital is not necessary.

Do i need a member who is an American citizen or resident?

The formation of an LLC or a CORP can be carried out with only foreign members or partners, these being national or foreign natural or legal persons, so it is not necessary to have an American partner.

Do i pay taxes if i register my business in Delaware?

This state is exempt from paying a State Income Tax, in the case of operations that do not occur in this state. However, at the federal level, the members of an LLC or CORP, as in the other states, will be required to pay and declare taxes according to the generated profit.

What are the amendments?

They are very common in American companies. Having a company in the US gives you the opportunity to make changes in their structure when you need it, or correct errors if it were the case.

These changes or modifications can be:
• Adding partners.Withdrawal of partners.
• Change of address or shipping address.
• Change of Registered Agent.
• Name change.
• Fix errors.

Can you open my company's bank account without having to travel to the US?

Yes, we currently have synergy with Mercury Bank. From 3 to 5 business days after the Creation of your Company we can help you obtain the bank account of your business. You will receive a Debit card when creating the bank account.

Requirements for opening a business bank account:
• Articles of Formation.
• EIN (Employer Identification Number).
• Identity Document (Passport).
• Address in the USA.

If i register a company in the United States, can i work for it?

Your American company can only hire citizens, American residents, or people who have a VISA that allows them to work within the territory of the United States. If you need a VISA, it is advisable to contact an immigration lawyer.

Do i need a physical office to start my business?

When creating your company, it will be able to lease or acquire real estate, however, it is not necessary to have a physical office to be able to start your business.

What is a DBA or fictitious name?

This registry allows you to issue invoices, open a bank account, write checks, and sign contracts with a name other than the company registration name. We can help you with this process.

Can i pay with my credit card?

Yes, international credit cards are accepted, also by bank transfer to our Matrix International Business Consulting LLC accounts.

Can you support us with the bookkeeping of the new company?

Yes, our staff members are prepared to manage the bookkeeping of your newly created company as long as it is based on the company’s bank account in the U.S.