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Setting Up a New Business / Deciding on the Business Structure

Asked by: Ash Kothari - 7 August, 2013
https://d25eic0jctudgb.cloudfront.net/images/site/avatars/default.png-f1597c1da25f30f8c1a941405e8391c8 Hi,

I am a Canadian citizen living in Toronto and planning to start a drop ship online store in US with my wife as a second partner (who is also a Canadian citizen).

Since I will be marketing to customers in US and all my suppliers are based there only, I would like to know the right business structure / setup for me. I also plan to start stocking and delivering products from fulfillment centers in USA after sometime.

Should I register my business in Canada or form a LLC in USA in a tax free state like Delaware or a sales tax free state like Wyoming.

What would be the better option?

I need your advice.

Thank you.
Answered by: Robert Kowalski - 7 August, 2013
https://d25eic0jctudgb.cloudfront.net/images/site/avatars/35.jpg-687fc92d5f6c5febcbdccb6895b08b8c Ash,

Having a company in the U.S. for US based business is probably a better idea than running the business under Canadian company.

As far as taxes go I would like to refer you to two questions, answered by our tax expert Wray Rives:

- Income tax question (foreigners): http://www.incorporationanswers.org/thread/1747/Start-up-with-multiple-foreign-and-domestic-partners.html 

- Sales tax question (drop-shipping based business): http://www.incorporationanswers.org/thread/1640/US-Tax-for-Canadian-Corporation.html

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