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Incorporating in Washington state?

Lydia Paar

January 11th, 2018

We are re-structuring our global arts social networking/resource-sharing company, trying to decide whether incorporating in Delaware or Washington is the best way to go for expansion and investor participation. Delaware, we understand, is the c-corp standard. However, we've been reading articles that place Washington state as a viable option for incorporation because of the considerably lower annual privilege flat tax rate (as opposed to the variable and potentially high Delaware franchise tax). Microsoft and Amazon.com, apparently, have gone the Washington route. Does anyone with legal experience or, from an investor's perspective, know if it would be worth it to go a less conventional route and incorporate in Washington to defray some of our early-stage tax burden?

Thank you!

Nick Ferreira Growth and Product Manager

Last updated on January 12th, 2018

Don't re-invent the wheel, incorporate in Delaware. Watch this video from Y Combinator Startup School they explain all of the reasons why Delaware is the only real choice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_IpVq6vKR0

Good Luck!

Stergiou Limited Reshape publishing and media sectors - Help people with eye disabilities to read and see

January 15th, 2018

Hi, I am examining the same thing. Actually, I am examining alternatives for relocating my small company from the UK (due to brexit).

I have found the following interesting things and I'd like to share these with you.


"Delaware does not collect corporate tax from corporations that do ΝΟΤ do business in the state. It has a few other good laws for business too."

How to remotely

https://stripe.com/atlas

reading
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/business/how-delaware-thrives-as-a-corporate-tax-haven.html

https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/092515/4-reasons-why-delaware-considered-tax-shelter.asp

https://www.myusacorporation.com/articles/delaware-vs-nevada-vs-wyoming

https://corp.delaware.gov/whycorporations_web.pdf


@startupjames Biz dev top performer looking for a new project

January 12th, 2018

Lydia,

I live here in Washington and have been doing some research on it. So far everything I have found has made it a good deal ( I may not be the best judge as my company was originally in California and that was a nightmare. )


One thing for sure I can say is that I have found the state offices to be super easy to work with and quick to get documents pushed through. Just as a small business that needs to save money and time ... I think Washington is your best bet.