A stock is a security representing the ownership of a fraction of a corporation. The shareholders own a proportion of the company's assets and profits according to their amount of stocks.
The issuance of stock must be accepted by the Board of Directors. The approval of the issuance depends on the majority at a meeting, or by unanimous written consent.
The potential shareholder must pay a value to the corporation for the stock. The company must act in accordance with the securities laws, providing the investors with information about the company, and the risks involved in the enterprise.
Vesting is a schedule that defines when and how shares of your company will be distributed to members of your business.
A vesting schedule is an incentive program you can set up as the business owner to provide your co-founders or employees an opportunity to share in the success of your business with equity. For example, you can offer a percentage of the company to an employee as an incentive, but to provide security for yourself and to hold your employees accountable, you can use the vesting schedule to gradually gain percentage points over the vesting period that you define.
This is an important component of your business, so we recommend spending time doing research and learning more about what is best for your specific needs as a company.
The Employer Identification Number (EIN) identifies the company to complete its federal tax filings, and to open bank accounts.
The EIN is usually sent within ten days of signed forms submitting, if the company is foreign-owned. Firstbase.io works with the necessary institutions to retrieve the EIN. As previously mentioned, Firstbase.io will work to expedite EIN services to customers.
If one of the founders is a US resident, or a non-resident with a SSN or ITIN, Firstbase.io team will be able to obtain your EIN almost immediately.
If the founder is a foreigner, he/she would need a registered agent who has the duty to receive official correspondence on behalf of the company. Firstbase.io has partnerships to facilitate all the necessary documentation and steps to legally and successfully form your entity. A registered agent is not a legal part of your entity, but they work more so as a way to communicate and represent your company in the United States. You can learn more about registered agents on our blog post here.
As a foreign-owned US-based entity, even if you do not pay taxes in the US in any given year, in most cases you will still need to file some simple tax forms. The Firstbase.io tax consultation that is included in the one-time fee can provide additional information if necessary.
Keep in mind that organizing your paperwork is crucial for your business success. It keeps you on track and updated with the corporate regulations.
You must keep your business tax returns for auditing purposes. The Internal Revenue Service requires companies to keep their income tax returns for a minimum period of 3 years.
If you have employees, you must keep their job applicant information, employee records, and payroll tax records. This measure is important to prove that your business has been running according to the employment law, and non-discriminatory standards. You should keep those documents for at least 7 years.
Furthermore, hold your documents of incorporation and ownership.
The Internal Revenue Service understands that electronic records have the same value as the original papers.
If you don’t have any US-connected income
If you are a foreign-owned US Company that has US-connected income
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