Is registration of a company in the USA the best solution for an IT startup?

Choosing a country to register an IT startup is a key stage in planning your business. Many countries offer optimal conditions for IT companies, providing tax incentives and convenient business infrastructure. For example, due to low taxes, Cyprus is attractive for software development companies: income tax is only 2%, and dividend tax is only 2%.

However, the main factor that often determines the success of a business is the geographic location of key customers and slowdown. This quarter, the United States, with its status as a global IT market leader, is the obvious choice. The American IT sector is a leader in the number of startups and leaders of cutting-edge technology companies. The main advantages that most US states consider for registering and growing your company:

Remote registration: You can register a company remotely without the need to be in the country or be a resident. It is impossible to give a single formula for the registration procedure itself because each state of the country has its procedure, registration system, rules and forms, conditions, tax scheme, and benefits.

Favourable environment: an innovative spirit, huge financial opportunities and high reputation among international partners, strong protection of intellectual rights, and effective legislation. These factors directly affect the company's success, especially if you operate in such a dynamic field as IT and software development.

Startup support: A highly developed startup support system includes a powerful infrastructure for venture capital financing IT projects. The size of various rounds and valuations of startups here often exceed world standards, creating all the conditions for attracting investments and talented teams.

Optimal tax regime: varies depending on the chosen form of company registration. For foreign entrepreneurs, LLC (LLC) and C-Corp (corporation) are most in demand. Among the states, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming stand out, especially notable requirements for the package of documents for registration and low tax rates compared to other regions of the United States.

After registering, you will face the procedure of opening a local bank account, which is much more complicated than it seems. Firstly, only a few non-professionals understand which banks are better to have an account with and how to go through their compliance; secondly, opening a bank account in the US requires confirmation of the presence of a company director, which can be inconvenient and costly for many. In this case, Antwort Law will help you open an account remotely, which is only possible with special knowledge and experience.

In all experience, the first step is to carry out the legal change of doing business in the United States, including the choice of place of registration, protective forms of the company, protection of the name and trademark, tax analysis, assessment of office management and labour costs, as well as procedures for completing all required permits and obligations.

When only choosing a place of registration, many factors should be taken into account, such as corporate legislation, the effectiveness of its legal system, the profitability of the business and the creation of conditions, the presence of financial partners and professional personnel, as well as the geographical proximity to potential customers and markets. However, it is important to remember that if you decide to incorporate in one state but do business in another, you will need to register as a foreign corporation in the state of doing business. It may result in additional costs and compliance requirements. Such a strategy requires careful analysis and a professional approach to optimize the tax functions of your company, but it will pay for itself many times over in the future.

Suppose you are considering purchasing an existing company in the United States. In that case, Antwort Law offers you several turnkey companies in this jurisdiction, the acquisition of which will save you time and simplify your entry into the American market. Options for such companies are available on the website Our lawyers specialize in purchasing and registering companies in the United States. They will be happy to help develop all legal aspects of your business abroad.

Lidia Ivanova

International lawyer
Antwort Law

What forms of company registration are most popular for foreign entrepreneurs in the United States?
Among the most common forms of company registration in the United States for foreign entrepreneurs are Limited Liability Company (LLC) and C-Corporation, each of which has its own characteristics and advantages depending on the business model and tax purposes.
Which states in the US are most suitable for registering a company?
Some of the most suitable states for incorporating a company in the US include California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts and Washington, due to their high levels of technological innovation, access to venture capital and developed business infrastructure.
What are the main factors when choosing a jurisdiction to register a company?
The first is proximity to your customers and the market you want to serve. Secondly, tax policy and tax rates. Thirdly, it is important to take into account the business infrastructure and the level of development of the legal system. Fourthly, the availability of support for startups and investment opportunities.
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