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How to set up a US LLC and US Bank Account as a non-US resident, remotely from anywhere in the world (2021 Update)

The goal of this blog post I wrote is to provide a 2021 update with help for anyone who wants to learn more about launching a US company and/or is ready to launch their US company but doesn't know how to.

In the blog post I cover:

  • LLC Formation
  • Best State to form an LLC In
  • Registered Agent
  • US Address
  • US Phone Number
  • US Banking
  • Getting an EIN
  • Stripe vs PayPal
  • US Tax Filing Requirements
  • LLC Annual Reports

TL;DR?

Overall Recs

How should I form my LLC?

Stripe Atlas [not possible for non-US residents]

Unfortunately, Stripe Atlas does not serve non-US residents when it comes to forming US LLCs. They only support US residents.

File on your own with the state

You are able to form an LLC by filing directly with the state online!

To do so you will need to do a few things first:

  1. Pick a registered agent. You can do this via a google search and a registered agent is required in each state for an LLC. They charge yearly fees (depending on the state from $25 to up to $200 dollars I've seen)
  2. Pick a LLC name. Search in your state registry if the name is taken too! It also must end with "LLC" or "L.L.C" (LLC is usually the most popular)
  3. File your LLC online. You can do this directly through the state as well (google to find their link!) Each state has different filing fees which can range from $50 to $500+. It can take several days if not a week+for the state to get back to you. The state will send you your formation documents which will include your operating agreement as well.

If you'd like to file on your own in Wyoming or Delaware:

  • Here is a guide on how to file in Wyoming (there is a $100 filing fee with the state)
  • Here is a guide on how to file in Delaware (there is a $90 filing fee with the state)

Startpack

If you're looking for a "one-stop-shop" long-term solution that helps you not only form your LLC but also help you with getting a registered agent, US address, EIN, Phone Number, IRS tax filings and more + serves as a long-term partner, check out StartPack (https://startpack.io).

StartPack is a One-Stop-Shop for US and international founders to form an LLC in the USA. StartPack handles everything you need to grow and maintain your business from anywhere in the world:

🏢 LLC Incorporation
🕵️‍♂️ Registered Agent
📑 EIN
🏦 US Bank Account
💳 Access to US Payments
💌 US Address with a Lease
📞 US Phone Number with a Utility Bill
💰 IRS Tax Filings + Free Tax Consultation
🧾 Accounting/Bookkeeping
💻 Website
💸 $50,000+ in Startup Perks
🤑 Help setting up an Amazon Seller, PayPal or Shopify Account
🔮 And more...

Link to Full Blog Post

And if you have any questions feel free to comment below!

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