Set up a Subsidiary in USA

Updated on Monday 02nd May 2022

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Foreign investors in USA can set up subsidiaries under limited liability companies which are also known as U.S. subsidiaries. The incorporation process of a subsidiary has a few formalities and can be entirely explained by our team of company formation representatives in USA. You can also analyze the registration procedure of a company in different states with the help of our general guides to company incorporation.

 Quick Facts  
  Applicable legislation (home country/foreign country)

US Company Law

Best used for

- financial operations,

- banking,

- insurance,

- trading,

- automotive

Minimum share capital

Time frame for the incorporation (approx.) 

Around 3 months

Management (local/foreign)


Legal representative required 


Local bank account


Independence from the parent company Yes
Liability of the parent company No, each subsidiary is liable for its debts and obligations
Corporate tax rate 21%
Possibility of hiring local staff Yes

Requirements for opening a subsidiary in USA in 2022

Subsidiaries formed under the rules and regulations of an LLC in USA are subject to fast incorporation and must respect the following conditions:
  • prepare the Articles of Association with information about the owners, the board of managers, the activities, the registered agent, the business address;
  • create the operating agreement, an internal document that shows the responsibilities of the owners;
  • apply for EIN (Employer Identification Number) in order to pay the taxes in the chosen US state;
  • open a bank account for your financial operations (the company's documents will be needed).
If you want to start a business in USA in 2022 and particularly a subsidiary, it is suggested to talk to one of our company formation agents in USA and ask for support in this sense. We also mention that our team can act on behalf of your subsidiary as a representative agent.

Why should I choose Delaware for opening a subsidiary?

Companies from abroad can set up Delaware corporations and perform the activities as subsidiaries. This state is preferred for business due to an excellent tax regime which aims a better environment for foreigners willing to expand their activities on the American market. Such a corporation is not subject to annual stockholders meetings, transaction approvals made by the board of directors like in the case of an LLC, reasons why setting up a subsidiary in this particular state is easy. We invite you to find out all the details about opening a subsidiary in 2022 from our agents.

Do I need a physical address for my subsidiary in Delaware?

It is good to know that a subsidiary in Delaware does not need to have a physical business address or a bank account, as it can perform financial operations from overseas. A subsidiary in USA is subject to payroll, bookkeeping, and other accounting matters and can act independently from the parent company. More about US subsidiary can be discussed with one of our representative agents in USA.

Guide for US subsidiary – what you need to know to start the business

The US subsidiary can be set up quite easily if you take into account the rules and legislation in force. Find below a simple guide with which to get an idea of how to set up a US subsidiary, with the mention that our local agents can handle all the formalities:

1. Declaration approving the establishment of a subsidiary in USA - This step belongs to the owners of the company who want to establish a subsidiary in the USA. A resolution containing the decision to establish a subsidiary is signed by the chairman and then registered.

2. Choose the type of business structure for the subsidiary - LLC in USA is usually the right structure for a subsidiary, but a corporation can also be a solution. Our local agent can explain all the formalities involved for both structures.

3. Preparing the documents - Once the decision to set up a subsidiary in USA is signed, the next step is to create the documents, also called Articles of Association or Organization. These must include information about the business address, shareholders, activities, management, and voting rights, among others.

4. Asset transfer is made - As soon as the US subsidiary is established, it is traced to the transfer of assets in order to start the activities. A specialist in the field can tell you exactly what the formalities involved are.

5. Preparation of Operating Agreement - This type of document is also called Indemnification Agreement, it is internal and contains the rules and procedures by which the US subsidiary will operate. Any change of operations in the company will be made only with the consent of the parent company.

6. Application for EIN - This identification code shows that the US subsidiary is registered for payment of fees. Here you can be helped by one of our local EIN registration agents.

7. Open a bank account - This will be used for the financial operations of the subsidiary in the USA. It can be chosen depending on the banking services offered.

8. The board of managers is established - The parent company can appoint the directors of the US subsidiary. They will be directly responsible for the activities and actions of the subsidiary and will establish a permanent communication.

9. Outsourced accounting services - It is advisable to hire the services of such a company instead of an entire accounting department. You will have the guarantee that the subsidiary's accounting complies with local and international standards and rules.

10. Preparation of the general annual meeting - It can be established from the beginning when the general meeting of the company's shareholders and the US subsidiary, respectively.

Therefore, the establishment of a US subsidiary is not difficult, but attention is needed in terms of the formalities imposed, as well as the legislation that allows this type of structure. We remind you that our company formation agents in the USA are with you with specialized help for setting up a subsidiary in the USA.

Organizing business operations for the US subsidiary

US subsidiary can activate on the market as soon as business regulations and legal framework are developed. Company executives must ensure that established and signed rules are properly implemented in the US subsidiary. As this structure is independent of the parent company, it must be organized according to the rules in order to have control over the operations. We invite you to discuss with our local agents everything involved in setting up a US subsidiary.

USA, a major business destination to foreign investors

The United States has the strongest economy in the world today. Closely followed by China and Germany, the US remains a top destination for foreign investors who want to enjoy generous profits in a country where they can operate in any field. The innovation sector is among the most prolific in the country and continues to grow at a very fast pace, many companies of this kind being protected by the optimal business climate, with an attractive tax system and experienced workforce. Here are some statistics that highlight the US economy:
  1. The US is strongly supported by foreign investment. In 2020 alone, a total FDI of more than USD 10.8 trillion was recorded.
  2. Manufacturing is the sector that has absorbed the most foreign investment in 2020, around 41% of the total.
  3. Japan, Canada, Germany, Ireland, the UK, and France are among the largest foreign investors in the United States.
  4. The USA is the host of the largest companies in the world, which have subsidiaries in the biggest and most representative of the states.

If you want to open a company in USA in 2022, we suggest you contact our team of company incorporation specialists in USA for complete information and assistance.