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Foreign essay sites incorporated in the US (do the U.S. laws apply to them?)

Apr 11, 2012 | #1
If a foreign essay website has a formal business presence in the U.S. (because the owners used a registered agent to set up a corporation in the U.S.) - is it bound by the US laws (including taxation laws)?

It seems there are several big foreign research websites that are incorporated in the US, but in fact their owners and staff are based in foreign countries. How does the American legal system apply to such companies?

Apr 11, 2012 | #2
Registering a company in country A while you are in country B doesn't really mean much to the customer in country A in case he is defrauded. The much the US government can do is to simply confiscate the assets of the company(like websites) but after that the law enforcers can't help you much in your attempt to reclaim your money(I am talking specifically about essay websites).
A fraudster holed up in Saudi Arabia can register an essay company in UK and gleefully perpetuate his trade against unsuspecting UK customers knowing very well the much he can lose is only his website.

Apr 11, 2012 | #3
Thank you. What about taxes - do foreign companies having business presence in the U.S. have to pay taxes in the U.S.? Or they only pay taxes in the foreign country?

Apr 11, 2012 | #4
Any business entity registered in the US must pay taxes to the US government.

Apr 11, 2012 | #5
So they pay twice? Both in the foreign country and the U.S?

Apr 11, 2012 | #6
That is a very general question; i guess it depends with the country you are talking about.
Out of curiosity- are you planning to establish an essay site in the US while you are not physically in the country?

Apr 11, 2012 | #7
are you planning to establish an essay site in the US while you are not physically in the country?

Yes, sort of. Is it a bad idea or is it illegal in some states?

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