US Entity Setup

Setting up a US entity can take up precious time and resources. Why not set up a US entity for your business with a globally trusted partner and ensure your new US entity meets the highest standards of compliance? Then you can grow your global footprint with confidence.

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What is the US Entity Setup Service?

Establishing a legal entity in the US brings enormous potential for growth – and a unique set of challenges and complications. Partnering with Foothold America for your US entity setup ensures a smooth and compliant transition in your chosen state – all whilst cutting through layers of bureaucracy and giving your company the freedom to concentrate on its larger business objectives and strategies.

OUR SERVICES

Solidify your US presence

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Register your company name with ease

Register your company name immediately with no fuss! Securing your company name can be a confusing task, so why not let our staff of professionals handle it for you?

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Obtain an Employer Identification Number

Avoid time-consuming mistakes and let us get the EIN for your company, fast! Foothold America will do it right the first time!

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Remotely open a US bank account

We’ll refer you to banking partners who help you open a US bank account without having to set foot in the US!

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Obtain a virtual address

With our network of providers, you can select a virtual business address in any of the 50 states with multiple options to choose from.

Ensure compliant by-laws

As part of your US entity setup, we provide you with initial drafts of required by-laws for you to execute as legally binding documents.

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Cut legal expenses

Lawyers are expensive and not always needed. Let’s discuss the best approach for your business.

BUSINESS SOLUTION

When is US Entity Setup right for your business?

You are thinking of expanding to the US, but you don't know whether to start with the US entity.

Your company’s customer list is continuously growing in the USA.

Your clients require you to have a US entity or a US bank account.

You plan to expand and sell your company in a few years. You want the US entity, financials and processes done the US way from the start.

You want to expand with confidence that you are following US laws and avoiding penalties.

You want to focus on your business without worrying about administrative tasks and bureaucracy.

Ready to start your US entity setup?

HOW IT WORKS

How our Entity Setup Service works

Decide on your US Business Structure

Once you select your entity type and structure with the advice of a tax professional, we secure your company name and file your C-corporation or Limited Liability Company (LLC) paperwork.

Pick a state and complete registration

After registering your company in your chosen state, you choose a US business address for your headquarters. We can help you secure a virtual address and once you have this we can apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number from the IRS on your behalf.

Set up your US Bank Account

When your company formation is complete and we have your Articles back from the state, with your IRS tax ID letter, we can put you in touch with our banking partners.

Ensure Annual Compliance

It is crucial to choose the right company to manage your annual compliance filings. We ensure you don’t miss any deadlines or make costly mistakes.

US Entity Setup with and without
Foothold America

Foothold America has helped businesses worldwide save thousands of dollars compared to using an attorney or setting up their own US entity. With our Entity Setup service you can expand your business to the USA quickly, compliantly, and cost-effectively.

Expand without Foothold America

$5,000+

excluding government fees

Expand with Foothold America

$1,500 – $2,500

excluding government fees

Where should you register your
business entity in the US?

There are 50 states to choose from when establishing a US business entity. With this many states to choose from, it is safe to say that some states are more business friendly than others. Read more about the three most popular states for incorporation below.

Delaware

Delaware

Delaware is the most popular state in which to incorporate. Its advantages include the fact that it:

Offers favourable taxation rates for large businesses or those with complex structures

Does not require directors or shareholders to be residents of Delaware

Filings are processed quickly

Has a well-established Business Court of Chancery, and there's confidence and trust in the legal system among large businesses

Nevada

Nevada

Nevada is another popular state for incorporation and it is easy to issue shares in Nevada. Other advantages include the fact that this state:

Generally offers a very low rate of taxation

Does not impose corporate or individual income tax

Does not require businesses to pay tax on corporation shares

Does not require directors or shareholders to be residents of Nevada

Is known for its straightforward dealings with commercial litigation

Wyoming

Wyoming

Wyoming has joined the list of popular states for incorporation. It offers many of the same benefits as Nevada, but at a lower tax rate.

Its annual renewal fees are inexpensive

There are no business license fees

The state emphasizes privacy and asset protection for businesses

Is known for its straightforward dealings with commercial litigation

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Do you want more for your US business expansion?

Explore our People Partnership Service (PPS) and Employee Management Service (EMS).

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People Partnership Service (PPS)

We’ve created our People Management Service (PPS) to help you navigate the process of setting up your US entity, coordinating your Employer of Record (the direct employer) status, onboarding US employees, and managing the complex operational and HR processes of doing business in America.

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Employee Management Service (EMS)

Our Employee Management Service offers a turn-key cost-effective solution for your company to have a legitimate US presence with a US employee anywhere in the country in as little as one week without the cost and complexity of setting up a US entity.

Why choose to grow your business with Foothold America?

Expanding into a new global market is a complex multifaceted process.
It’s important to choose a partner you can trust.

Quick market entry
Quick market entry
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We leverage years of experience and provider relationships to quickly and efficiently register your company, get your EIN, or implement your payroll and benefits..
Premium support
Premium support
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The success of your business is important to us, and in fact, is our Number 1 corporate value. We have teams in the US, UK, and Europe at the ready to assist you.
Remain flexible
Remain flexible
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Our solutions support you from market entry through maturity at your pace, meeting your needs as they change. Whether turn-key or bespoke, we focus on the best solution for you.
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WHO WE ARE

Meet our team of experts

Foothold America has the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate the legal and administrative maze of doing business in the US.

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Joanne M. Farquharson
France based

US entrepreneur with 30 years experience in advising small and medium-sized businesses in employee benefits, insurance, labor law compliance, and risk management. Joanne has a passion for growing small companies and helping business owners actualize their goals.

Director of Operations

Geanice Barganier
US based

Highly knowledgeable Human Capital professional with decades of experience in Human Resources, onboarding and US and global immigration. Geanice specializes in organizational management, vendor management, and compliance.

Head of HR Operations & Client Service

Robert R. Esquijarosa
UK based

Experienced HR & Client Success professional with a demonstrated 15-year history of working in employee relations, payroll & benefits administration, compliance, and recruitment within multiple industries throughout the US and UK.

US Expansion Advisor

Rose Adedeji
UK based

US Expansion Advisor with 20 years of global HR experience, recruitment and client delivery, supporting clients from the UK, Europe, US and Australasia. Rose has extensive knowledge of candidate attraction and employee communication management.

US Expansion Advisor

Laurie Spicer
UK based

Over 25 years of experience doing business in North American, European, and Asian markets, including seven years as an International Trade Advisor with a primary focus and specialism on the complexity of the US market.

Senior Staff Accountant

Ovidio E. Santistevan
US based

Senior Staff Accountant with over 25 years of finance experience and more than ten years as a full-cycle accountant. Ovi takes pride in ensuring that the information he provides to our clients and partners is accurate, relevant, timely and easily understandable.

Senior HR & Client Service Specialist

Angelique Soulet-Bangurah
UK based

Angelique takes pride in providing client solutions, using more than seven years of experience as an HR Generalist with a vast knowledge of onboarding, employee relations and overall HR operations. She’s certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

Senior Marketing Manager

Miruna Eliza Ionescu
UK based

Multilingual marketing professional with more than ten years of experience in traditional and digital marketing for B2B and B2C sectors. Miruna has an extensive background in building customer engagement and ensuring that clients have the best tools and information in hand.

CoFounder & Board Chair

Robert Johnson
UK based

Robert is the Co-founder of several successful US and UK life science companies. He serves as the Board Chair of Foothold America influencing the direction of the company.

Digital Marketing Manager

Natalie Gombalova
UK based

This conversion-minded marketer is responsible for strategizing, planning and creating high-calibre content for our website visitor’s digital experience. With over seven years in marketing, Natalie specialises in PPC, SEO, emerging trends, and customer behavioural insights that help clients find the best solutions for their business needs.
CLIENT REVIEWS

Hundreds of businesses have put their trust in us.

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10 days ago
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"Foothold was able to get things done for us very quickly. They made life easier for us and worked with us to make sure staff were looked after and that we were able to get up and running."

Operations Manager, UK Network Security Company
1 year ago
1 year ago
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"We needed to access the US market to maximize our potential for growth. We selected our employee and Foothold America managed the payroll, benefits, taxes and other employee logistics, enabling us to avoid dealing with the bureaucratic maze of employing someone in the US."

CEO, Belgium Manufacturing Company
2 months ago
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"Foothold America was instrumental in helping my UK company employ field applications sales people in the US without having to set up a US subsidiary, which is the usual route for foreign companies. Foothold America facilitated this by employing the people we had chosen and handling all the employment, terms, salaries, taxes, social costs etc. They then billed us monthly for these costs plus a reasonable service charge. As a result, we were able get going very quickly with our own people in the USA and at a much lower cost base."

CEO, UK Biotech Company
7 months ago
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"I couldn’t manage our US subsidiary without Foothold America. Our small HR department isn’t equipped with the knowledge or staff to handle our US employees. I could end my workday in the UK knowing Foothold America would take care of everything in the US."

Head of HR, UK financial services firm
9 months ago
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"We currently use the Foothold America Employee Management Service and plan to move to their People Partnership Service when we set up an entity in the coming months. It’s great knowing we can work with one partner through various stages of our growth."

CMO, Norway IT company
2 years ago
2 years ago
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"We started US expansion on our own and soon after, we stumbled over employee benefits leaving our expat staff and families without health insurance. It was a huge risk for them and our company. Foothold America came in and got us sorted. They’ve been taking care of us ever since."

Sr. People Partner, UK software company
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ENTITY SETUP

Our Pricing

Simple Set-up

Set-up Plus

Register entity in Delaware - LLC or C-corporation*

Provide DE Certificate of Incorporation

Register Company name*

Obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

File Registered Agent @ 75% discount*

Renew Registered Agent service @ 75% discount

Email Annual Report (Franchise Tax) reminder for DE

Submit Annual Report (Franchise Tax) to state of DE*

State registration for Company Headquarters*

Obtain Certificate of Good Standing in DE*

Provider compliant Bylaw and Shareholder Agreement documents

Minutes - First Board of Directors Meeting (required)

Minutes - Bank resolution (required)

Office address set-up assistance

Bank account set-up assistance

Fees

$1,500

$2,500

RESOURCES

FAQ’s

Get answers to all your questions and take the first step towards a US business expansion.

A Federal Tax ID number (sometimes referred to as an EIN or Employer Identification Number) is essential if you want to run your business in America. This nine-digit number is assigned to you by IRS for tax filing and reporting purposes. With it, you can also open a bank account, hire employees, contribute towards employees’ 401(k) plans, and even file for bankruptcy. While most businesses must have an EIN, this is optional for some single-owner companies.

If your business is operating in the USA, you will need to report the profits that you make. The amount of tax you will pay is dependent on how much profit you make, how your company is structured as well as several other factors, so seeking assistance from an international tax advisor is key in making sure that you are and remain fully compliant with the rules and regulations for running your business in America.

If your US subsidiary has 50 or more full-time equivalent US workers, you are expected to contribute to your employee’s healthcare. Failure to do so may make your subsidiary subject to a tax penalty. Additionally, you can also choose to provide healthcare even if you have less than 50 US employees. To make this more affordable for you as a business, you may be able to benefit from tax credits. 

To attract and retain employees, US employers should offer healthcare benefits, since health insurance is one of the most desired benefits among US employees.

A 401(k) is a defined contribution retirement plan employers offer to their US workers. The US government allows employees to make tax free savings for their retirement using a 401(k) plan. These savings can be directed into investments listed in the plan, and employees can withdraw the funds once they’ve reached the retirement age designated by the Social Security Administration. However, you must be aware that employees can withdraw funds under certain special provisions or if they’re willing to pay a penalty for early withdrawal. Not all US employers offer 401(k) plans – some will match a certain percentage of an employee’s contribution instead or offer alternative benefits.

GET IN TOUCH

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Request a quote, talk with our US expansion experts or ask any questions. We will get back to you in less than 24 hours.