There is no restriction on an Non Resident becoming a director or share holder of a U.S Corporation, however the only exception to that is an S Corporation. The subchapter “S” Corporation is a variation of the “C” Corporation and under a different IRS Tax Code. The “S” Corporation is allowed the flow-through taxation treatment similar to that of a partnership and sole proprietorship. Double taxation is avoided by its owners/shareholders. The limitations however are that:
Non-resident aliens cannot be shareholders.
Ownership is limited to 100 stockholders.
Owners cannot be corporations, partnerships, pension plans, charitable organizations, certain trust.
To maintain subchapter “S” Corporation status and therefore there is a requirement for strict compliance with stringent rules.
So, in essence the option for Non Residents, Non American Citizens is to incorporate their business as a C Corporation or as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC).
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Author of this post, is the President & CEO of ICS, Inc. www.mybizfiler.com.
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