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Doing Business in the United States
The United States continues to be a prominent market for foreign investment
The United States is a prominent market for foreign investment because of the country’s wealth and business-friendly infrastructure and laws. With so many companies from across the globe looking to do business in America, their understanding of U.S. markets, laws, oversight groups and cultural dynamics is important to their long-term success.
The United States accounts for almost half the world’s total production and is the world’s largest consumer market. Estimates for 2018 indicate there are more than 135 million households in the United States, each with a median household income of approximately $57,652. The United States is the world’s largest and most concentrated market for almost every product and service.
In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. imports of goods in 2018 totaled $2.54 trillion, while exports that year totaled $1.66 trillion. China, Canada, Mexico and Japan accounted for just over 50% of U.S. imports in the period.
RSM supports hundreds of foreign companies with operations in the United States with audit, tax and consulting services. Working with our RSM colleagues around the world, we provide the global professional services that position international companies for success.
Identifying and capitalizing on the right opportunity in the United States includes working with advisors skilled and versatile enough to provide the full range of services you need. Advisors that will invest the time it takes to understand your goals and challenges. Advisors that combine deep, broad experience with a passion for personal client service.
RSM US professionals are eager to share that experience and passion with foreign-owned businesses engaging in new foreign direct investment into the United States, or expanding to new U.S. markets. We understand that the U.S. government welcomes foreign investment in almost all sectors, offering one of the most favorable regulatory environments in the world. With few exceptions, foreign companies are entitled to the same rights and opportunities as U.S. nationals. Read the following for additional insights, best practices and resources to consider:
As a foreign investor, understanding how the U.S. is structured is an imperative step toward setting up successful business operations.
The U.S. regulatory environment is less burdensome than most countries, and offers many trade and tax treaties beneficial to businesses.
Determining the business type and structure in the U.S. as a foreign investor is relatively easy; many legal entity types are available.
With more than 10,000 tax jurisdictions, the U.S. tax system can be complex and difficult to navigate—especially for foreign investors.
The United States has a dynamic and well-educated workforce protected by a variety of federal and state laws and regulations.