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If you use a US company to carry on business outside the US, and have no US resident owners, then very likely your LLC is not subject to US income tax or reporting. As a single-member LLC, your company is automatically considered to be a disregarded entity for tax purposes which means that it does not exist for income tax purposes. If the owner is not subject to US tax, and the LLC is not doing anything that would trigger US tax obligations, then it does not have a US tax or reporting obligation.
Further, your visits to the US to conduct market research, advertise, etc. would not be deemed as setting up a permanent establishment provided you do not lease office space, hire employees, etc.
Please let me know if you require further information or clarification.
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Thanks for that - I just need some clarifications:
A/ So although I would receive payments from US customers, it would have no impact correct ?
B/ You said very likely: can anything make it not likely ?
C/ LLC not doing anything that could trigger US tax obligations: can you provide examples of possible triggers?
D/ Regarding visits: would hiring a US company to accomplish a task be deemed as setting up a permanent establishment ? Would hiring a part timer or an intern to perform a specific task be deemed so ?
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Thank you for your follow-up questions.
B. and C. As long as you do not do anything that would be deemed as setting up a permanent establishment in the US as I mentioned previously.
D. Hiring employees is one of the factors considered as setting up a permanent establishment. If you utilize the services of a US company to accomplish a task, would it be ongoing?
Thanks for the clarifications:
D/ Lets say the US company is hired to perform a specific and defined task (examples: conduct a marketing or advertising campaign, organize a set of public relations event...) ?
The services of a company would be utilized as a consultant as opposed to you hiring an employee or employees and would be an expense of the LLC for the particular task (i.e., advertising, marketing, etc.).
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