We have setup a partnership firm having 2 partners in India. We are a software firm and having client base mainly in US, so we want to show our presence in US by putting our US
address on our website. We will be just selling online software service. We just want to show our presence in US, we wont be having any employees there. Everything will be
handled from India. I have few questions though:
I am not an expert to pass on any legal suggestion about registering an LLC company in US and what will be the exact taxation process. But want to share some thoughts below.
But above all, wait for some experts to jump in your thread and they may give you more professional opinions.
I've been talking with one of my foreign clients, which is not yet ready to form a corporate subsidiary in the U.S., about similar issues.
It strikes me that as a first, toe-in-the-water step, a foreign company could obtain a U.S. mailing address by signing up with a provider of virtual office space, such as Regus. There can be a legitimate use for for such an address, i.e., to receive mail from the Postal Service, presumably for forwarding to the foreign headquarters. Indeed, the virtual office could receive faxes and phone calls, too.
While different states have different requirements concerning registration by foreign entities, I would not expect any of them to require such registration merely because a virtual office address is being used.
Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.