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PrisonMike

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Hey,

I want to set up a company with a bank account and I want to be able to process credit card payments as well.

I'm thinking about a Delaware LLC but I don't know of any banks that I can open an account with that don't require me to visit the US. I can't leave my country. I live in New Zealand.

What country is best to set up a company and open a bank account in? Low cost to open is my biggest concern, and I'm not too worried about high taxes.

Thanks.
 
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Sols

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Your best option is New Zealand.

Start a local company, open a local business account, and just sign up with Stripe, Braintree, or some other popular payment processor. You can be up and running by next week.
 

PrisonMike

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Your best option is New Zealand.

Start a local company, open a local business account, and just sign up with Stripe, Braintree, or some other popular payment processor. You can be up and running by next week.
I can't do it in my country, they have laws hostile to the industry I'm going to be doing business in. I would if I could.
What is your budget for the setup?
$500
 

Sols

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I can't do it in my country, they have laws hostile to the industry I'm going to be doing business in. I would if I could.
As long as you live in New Zealand, you have to answer to New Zealand law.

Whether it's FATCA or CRS, there is a greater than zero risk that NZ finds out about your business through exchange of information (even if your name isn't public, as is the case with many US LLCs). It's not a long leap from there to determining that you are in violation of NZ law.

Forming an overseas company might not be the liability shield you seek. Depends on what laws you're breaking and how you do it.

You can start a US LLC, bank it with Mercury and/or Wise, and then try running around to different PSPs hoping to get accepted (most will say no).

Getting an EIN (tax ID for the company) might break your budget, though, since most service providers charge a few hundred for it if you don't have your own US social security number. You will in most cases need that to open bank and merchant accounts.

UK might be a cheaper option since there are no significant costs involved for incorporation or getting tax ID. Depending on what line of business you're in, might also be easier to bank and find processing for.

A deeper issue is that whatever you go with, you're a start-up without deep pockets operating under a company in a jurisdiction you're not resident. That's not very attractive to most financial institutions and payment processors, hence going local at least to begin with would be preferable if you can make it work legally.
 
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