How to Do Business Outside Your State

How to Do Business Outside Your State

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How to Do Business Outside Your State

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If you run an LLC or corporation that conducts business over state lines, this eGuide is for you.  How to Do Business Outside Your State provides answers to common questions and useful information for corporations and limited liability companies that:

  • conduct much of their business over the Internet, mail or phone
  • organize in one state but have their principal location in another
  • organize in one state but plan to expand nationally (or regionally) to sell products or services

Crossing a state line to do business can have a profound impact on your company. You have to find out:

  • if you must register as a foreign (out-of-state) company
  • how much state income and sales tax you must pay or collect
  • where your company must travel to defend a lawsuit
  • and much more

How to Do Business Outside Your State provides answers to common questions that you may have about doing business across state lines. It provides useful information for corporations and limited liability companies that:

  • organize in one state but have their principal location in another
  • organize in one state but are located near the borders of other states in which they conduct business
  • organize in one state but plan to expand nationally (or regionally) to sell products or services
  • conduct much of their business over the Internet, mail or phone
  • Anthony Mancuso

    Anthony Mancuso is a corporations and limited liability company expert. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and studies advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for Silicon Valley EDA (Electronic Design Automation) companies, most recently working on a C++ open-source integrated circuit database project team. He is the author of several Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include Incorporate Your Business, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (national and California editions), Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, The Corporate Records Handbook, and LLC or Corporation? His books have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist in many musical idioms.

  • Richard Stim

    Attorney Richard Stim specializes in small business, copyright, patents, and trademark issues at Nolo. He is the author of many books, including Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business Patent, Copyright & Trademark: An Intellectual Property Desk Reference, and Profit From Your Idea. Stim regularly answers readers' intellectual property questions at Dear Rich: Nolo's Patent, Copyright & Trademark Blog.

  • Doing Business Out of State
  • What does “doing business” in another state mean?
  • Are the rules for doing business out of state the same for corporations and LLCs?
  • What are the rules for qualifying in another state?
  • When do you have to pay income tax or collect sales tax in another state?
  • Can your company be sued in another state?
  • What about business done on the Internet?
  • Qualifying to Do Business
  • When must you qualify to do business in another state?
  • What activities are not considered intrastate?
  • How do you qualify to do business in another state?
  • What other obligations do you incur after qualifying?
  • What about branch offices in other states?
  • What happens if you fail to qualify for doing business?
  • When can you use your trademarks in another state?
  • Paying and Collecting Taxes in Other States
  • When do you have to pay income taxes to another state?
  • When do you have to withhold state personal income taxes?
  • When do you have to withhold and pay other state employment taxes?
  • When do you have to pay sales tax to another state?
  • Lawsuits in Other States
  • When can your company be forced to defend itself in another state?
  • What can your company be sued for in another state?Can officers, agents, or employees (or parent, subsidiary, orsuccessor companies) be sued in another state?
  • Can you contract your way out of lawsuits in another state?
  • Which state’s laws apply with an out-of-state dispute?
  • Should you fight personal jurisdiction?
  • Can you sue employees or independent contractors in other states?
  • Internet Issues
  • When do you have to pay sales tax for Internet sales?
  • Where must you qualify if your company operates a website?
  • If your company operates a website, where can it be sued?
  • Glossary