Re: Found 1st investor… Need expert advice. - Posted by Carmen
Posted by Carmen on March 16, 1999 at 21:23:33:
I am by no means a tax accountant or attorney, but I have owned a C-corporation in which the shareholders were foreign nationals. The corporation itself, however, IS a United States entity and does NOT fit into the foreign-national taxation structure. Whether the shareholders are foreign nationals is completely irrelevant. I do agree that the withholding will be relevant, if profits are taken in the form of payments to foreign nationals and/or dividends.
I would not and will not EVER, EVER, EVER, EVER do a partnership, general or otherwise, with anyone, let alone a foreign national. And foreign corps, branches, etc. are also a bit above and beyond - and not necessary.
How the foreign national gets paid, and what the foreign national does with their dividend" does need to be addressed, just as how the US partner gets paid and takes his/her dividends. And there are many ways of doing it, creatively, yet legally - so the corp shows a minimal profit.
A lot of “expenses”/purchases in a corp., which can be deducted, can miraculously benefit one of the shareholders, so cash need rarely be removed or paid as dividends or income. Amazingly, a corp can also purchase from a vendor, foreign or domestic, quite a bit of recurring-use products vital to the operation of the corp … or pay for the services of a consultant … more expenses??? How a foreign vendor claims that income in-country becomes his/her issue to deal with.
One need be only slightly more creative in this instance than when one has one’s own corp - after all, most smart corps show little profit. Taxes are unfortunately impossible to eliminate, but they can be minimized by taking a different approach.