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If I live in california and have a spouse E3 visa and own an

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If I live in california and have a spouse E3 visa and own an Australian company how do I open mu Australian company here. Do I just register my company with Secretary of State and pay a franchise fee?


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If you want your Australian corporation to perform business activities in California - yes - it should be registered - and will be liable for federal and California state taxes.


You may find registration requirements here -

File a Statement and Designation by Foreign Corporation (Form S&DC–S/N [for foreign general stock or nonprofit corporations], Form S&DC-PC [for foreign professional law or accountancy corporations] or Form S&DC–INS [for foreign insurer corporations) and attach to the completed form a valid certificate of good standing by an authorized public official of the foreign jurisdiction under which the foreign corporation is incorporated.
You will also need to obtain a tax ID - EIN from the IRS - see details here -
Every year - you will need to file federal and state income tax returns for your corporation and will pay California franchise fees.


If your Australian corporation doesn't actually perform any business activities - you might want to register a new corporation or LLC in the US - and woudl not need to register a foreign entity. In some situations that mighty be more simple solution.
Let me know if you need any help or clarification.


If you still decide to use a foreign corporation - it will need to file a federal tax return as a foreign corporation - using form 1120F -
A foreign corporation files this form to report their income, gains, losses, deductions, credits, and to figure their U.S. income tax liability.

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