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I want to open up an online business. I am a U.S. citizen

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I want to open up an online business. I am a U.S. citizen but I currently reside in Skopje, Macedonia with my husband. I am very confused on taxes etc especially since I will be operating my business out of my home here in Skopje. Macedonia is not an online shopping type of country so I do intend to target U.S. customers. I've tried to look online to see if I can figure out taxes and how to register or what not but it's like information overload. If someone can give me the correct information or point me in the right directions It would be so appreciated.
What type of business is it going to be, since you are not actually located in the US, the US Taxes may not be an issue for you even if you are targeting US customers?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It is an online clothing business. If at all possible I would also like to donate a portion of the purchases to a charity. Haven't figured all of that out yet either, are there certain laws pertaining to that as well, and also what about registering the website as a I have to do it here or there?

There are very few if any laws about regulating internet businesses, which puts them in a very gray area in the US. This means that even if you are making internet sales to customers in the US, you are not liable for any sales taxes, the buyer is technically liable for the payment of those sales taxes. Furthermore, if you do not register your business entity in the US, you can still sell to customers in the US, but do not have to pay income taxes on any earnings in the US because you are not physically located in the US.

This means you can open a foreign business corporation or LLC in someplace like Seychelles, Belize, Panama, where there are little to no taxes or fees, operate in the country where you are located, sell in the US and not have to file income taxes in the US (you are liable for claiming any taxes where you reside). You can also give whatever you want to charity, even as a foreign business entity.

At this point, there is no real need to register any business in the US unless you absolutely want to do so and if you do, then you need to consider Nevada or Wyoming as the place to form your LLC because they have low costs, no state income or sales tax and they keep all corporate filings very private and this means all you have to file would be a federal tax returns on the earnings of your company.

The law on sales taxes is that if you are located in a state that has sales taxes, then you have to charge them, but if you sell to others in other states then it is the buyer who is liable for paying sales taxes on their purchase.

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