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Expanding Your E-commerce Business to the US

 

 

I have spoken with hundreds of international e-commerce businesses over the past eight years who are looking to expand to the US. The rules have and will continue to change in the US, but the conversations and questions have been pretty consistent. I wanted to create a short list of common questions with answers and resources for assisting with US e-commerce expansion considerations.

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What is the FBAR and do you have a filing requirement this year?

 

What is the FBAR?

Foreign tax filing requirements in the United States have become an increasingly hot topic as the IRS is seeking to crack down on tax evasion. One of the ways that the IRS is looking to help reduce this tax evasion is through the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR). The idea behind this foreign reporting form is to force those with money in foreign financial accounts to disclose those balances to U.S. authorities.

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Opening a Bank Account in the United States

 

If you are a business owner in a country like Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or Hong Kong and are looking to expand to the United States (U.S.), you may be wondering how you will be able to open a U.S. business bank account to run your U.S. operations. Banks in the U.S. have very strict policies and require certain forms of documentation when an entity that has foreign ownership opens a bank account. 

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Prepare for the New Sales Tax & Nexus Requirements

How does the June 21, 2018 Supreme Court ruling of Wayfair v South Dakota impact sales tax nexus for e-commerce business owners?

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Justworks: Preferred PEO Partner

By Matt Nyman • July 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM • Payroll / HR, Doing Business in the United States

Aprio Cloud is proud to partner with an emerging leader like Justworks to help our clients take the busyness out of running and growing a business. Justworks is a professional employer organization (PEO) that seamlessly combines payroll, benefits, HR, and compliance in one simple platform.

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3 Reasons to Open a Bank Account in the US

By Matt Nyman • June 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM • Doing Business in the United States

At a certain point, if having a presence in the United States is a priority for your business, opening a bank account in the United States will be required to conduct daily business operations. Here are three reasons you will need to open a bank account in the United States:

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How to Obtain Benefits for Your US Employees

Hiring talent from a skilled pool of candidates can have its challenges, especially for a foreign company that is expanding to the United States. To attract prospective employees, a common topic is benefits. Employees in the US, especially key employees, will expect things like health insurance and retirement plans. Obtaining benefits can be challenging, not to mention all the other requirements to be compliant with local state and city payroll requirements. Below are two of the more common solutions for obtaining benefits and managing payroll and HR requirements in the US.

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Veem Enables Aprio Cloud Accounting & Tax Clients' International Payments

Aprio Cloud's partnership with Veem makes life easier for our global tax and accounting clients who send and receive money internationally. Veem allows for firms to send and receive payments to over sixty countries—and counting! Through multi-rail payment technology, Veem provides a convenience and a seamless global payment solution that eliminates the middleman. This equates to faster transfers, better tracking, and lower costs.

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Doing Business in the US: What You Need to Know About Immigration

By Bruce A. Phillips, CPA • February 6, 2018 at 12:47 PM • Doing Business in the United States

If you’re thinking of expanding your business to the United States, there are immigration requirements you need to consider. Here, I’ll break down what you need to know about immigration including visas, green cards and if you need a tax ID number.

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5 Things to Pay Attention to if you are an International Founder and want to bring your business to the US

By Bruce A. Phillips, CPA • August 24, 2017 at 12:06 PM • Doing Business in the United States


Having seen and helped many international companies come to the US, there are certain things that seem to keep coming up as a struggle.  The challenge is a result of the fact that doing business in the US is COMPLICATED. Seemingly much more so than Australia, NZ, EU, UK, Singapore, or Hong Kong.  

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