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Clear Strategy for E-Commerce Expansion and U.S. Tax Optimization

Since 1997, Scott Letourneau has been the go-to expert for U.S. company formations and is trusted by major brands to navigate U.S. marketplaces and tax complexities.

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Entity Structuring

Main Street Certified Tax Advisor Scott offers expert guidance on choosing your business structure and state, applicable to U.S. and non-U.S. residents.

Scott will decode the complexities of choosing between an LLC or a corporation and clear up intricate ownership structures for the best tax and asset protection outcomes.

Whether your marketplace is Amazon Shopify or you’re selling on Shopify, he’ll ensure your decision-making is strategic, effective, and empowering.

Whether navigating U.S. state income tax nexus issues or non-U.S. taxation, Scott is there to help, advising when sales tax applies to your case and ensuring you make well-informed business decisions.

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Taxation Strategies

Non-U.S. Residents: Cut through the confusion of U.S. tax obligations at both state and federal levels. From sourcing income to risk assessments, we guide you through every intricate detail.

Consulting with multiple CPAs and tax attorneys, we offer conservative and aggressive strategies to fit your situation and connect you with the right professional for your returns.

U.S. Residents: Find the ideal entity for your business, tailored to your projected profits and designed to maximize your deductions.

With Scott’s Main Street Tax Advisor Certification, dive deep into tax-saving strategies that enrich your bottom line—no need to change your current accountant unless you choose.

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Sales Tax Compliance

If you’re an e-commerce seller operating on non-marketplace platforms like your website or Shopify, you’re navigating a maze of sales tax regulations.

Don’t let sales tax erode your profits—ideally, your customers should be footing this bill, not your business.

Consult with Scott to navigate complex supplier exemption certificate requests, tackle economic nexus thresholds on Shopify, and catch up on sales tax compliance.

Leveraging our relationships with key sales tax players, we tailor strategies that save you money—savings that will more than cover the cost of your consulting investment.

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E-Commerce Expansion

The landscape can be daunting if you’re a non-U.S. resident aiming to break into the U.S. e-commerce marketplaces like Amazon, Shopify, or Walmart.

Whether operating through a foreign entity or considering a new U.S. LLC, you face a maze of tax and verification requirements. U.S. banking compliance changes are all critical to your success and compliance. Scott’s in-depth consultation demystifies this complex terrain for you.

Scott provides the much-needed clarity you’ve been searching for, from understanding U.S. tax obligations and compliance checks to dissecting sales tax implications when diversifying your sales platforms.

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Business Funding

Scott, a Certified Tax Advisor with a finance degree and financial background with 30+ years’ of experience, specializes in funding strategies that let you retain complete control of your business.

Whether you’re a U.S. or non-U.S. resident, he’ll guide you away from high-risk funding options that could jeopardize your business.

Learn crucial entity formation steps to set your company’s financial credibility and boost your business. Take advantage of this chance to optimize your funding.

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E-Commerce Verification

Navigating the verification process for Amazon, Walmart, and Shopify Payments can be a maze of complexity.

Scott’s expertise demystifies these intricate procedures, steering you clear of common pitfalls that could hinder your e-commerce success.

Don’t leave your store’s financial credibility to chance; consult with Scott to ensure a seamless and compliant verification process.

U.S. Business Entity Consult – Unlock the best U.S. entity, state, and tax strategy tailored just for you. 30-minute Zoom call with Scott.

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Before conducting business in the United States, you need to understand your tax responsibilities and the necessary steps to take when you’re a U.S. LLC or corporation.

Whether you plan to sell on Walmart, Amazon, Shopify, or Stripe, the process and requirements vary greatly.

With a plethora of misinformation circulating online, it’s essential to consult with experienced professionals, such as CPAs and U.S. tax attorneys, to ensure compliance and avoid costly mistakes. For instance, it’s essential to be aware that unless a treaty article is in place, selling physical products from a U.S. warehouse to U.S. customers may incur U.S. taxes unless the entity is a U.S. taxpayer.

Even as a U.S. resident, there needs to be more information to sort through to find the best strategy for your situation.

Refrain from confusing and misinformation stopping you from reaching your e-commerce goals. Seek the expert guidance you need to succeed.

U.S. Tax & E-Commerce Expansion Consult  – Unlock your U.S. expansion roadmap: Optimize LLC formation, tax planning, state choice, insurance options, marketplace verification, and IRS compliance.  60-minute Zoom call with Scott.

$597.00 GET STARTED

Do you know the right questions you should be asking to about your U.S. e-commerce expansion?

  1. Which structure is the best and most cost-effective when selling on Shopify, Walmart, or Amazon? What changes are there for the U.S. vs. a non-U.S. resident? 
  2. What impact on the legal structure and state comes into play when a partner, investor, affiliate, or other relationship is involved?
  3. What restrictions do other states have, such as California, regarding LLCs, and Florida and other states where the charging order protection does not apply to single-member LLCs?
  4. What state is best for a utility bill to verify your address, if required, by Amazon or other marketplaces?
  5. How do you determine if privacy is more important than protection?
  6. How should an LLC be managed?
  7. What should be left off the operating agreement that will weaken the charging order protection for an LLC?
  8. When does the entity I formed need to foreign qualify into another state?
  9. Should you form a U.S. entity from your foreign entity? What are the costs involved and benefits? When does this not make sense?

Additional Questions to Ask: 

  1. How should I structure my ownership of my company? Is it necessary to have another entity as the other of my operating entity? When does that make sense, and when is that not a good idea?
  2. What marketplaces are you planning to utilize? Are you planning to sell your U.S. e-commerce business? What compliance items do you need to have so as not to destroy your acquisition?
  3. When setting up a crypto institutional account with Kraken, which states will not work?
  4. When does Wyoming need to make more sense for e-commerce sellers?
  5. When does Nevada provide extra protection even if you pay two-state fees for U.S. e-commerce sellers?
  6. When should you form an LLC taxed as a partnership and require your partners to have another LLC as the member (but not another operating company)?
  7. How do the multi-state taxation rules impact which states you may need to foreign qualify in the U.S., and when is that a strategic advantage?
  8. Why will you receive conflicting answers from different CPAs?
  9. What high-lability business should strongly consider a two-state strategy when piercing the entity veil?
  1. What are your U.S. tax responsibilities as a U.S. e-commerce seller? When is filing a U.S. tax return recommended, even if there is a tax treaty with your country?
  2. What are your current U.S. sales tax responsibilities since the 2018 U.S. Supreme Court Case Wayfair vs. South Dakota? What is your risk of audit for non-compliance? When does it make sense not to register to collect and remit sales tax?
  3. Is this the time to sell on Shopify? What are my sales tax responsibilities now, or should I stick with only Amazon.com?
  4. Which entity type will more likely lead to an IRA audit?
  5. What mistakes may you make if you only reply to Shopify’s Tax Liability Dashboard?
  6. What is the best way to proceed with compliance if you need to catch up on sales tax?
  7. What non-residents require extra steps regarding sales tax registrations, and what one service will make their lives much more accessible?
  8. Which states can you close out your sales tax account even if you still have physical nexus?
  9. When should you register as a Shopify seller, and what impact does selling on Amazon simultaneously have on your sales tax requirements?
  1. Have you fully understood the implications of forming a U.S. LLC to your U.S. federal and state obligations?
  2. Do you know the specific sales tax compliance processes for non-marketplace platforms like Shopify or your website?
  3. Do you know the three verification levels for a new Amazon Seller account?
  4. Do you know what structure and tax filings are required to get approved by Walmart?
  5. Do you know what is required to qualify for Shopify Payments as a non-resident?
  6. Have you considered whether you need to file a protective return in the U.S., and do you know what that entails?
  7. Do you understand how forming a U.S. LLC could potentially give you better insurance rates?
  8. How prepared are you to meet marketplace verification requirements, such as providing utility bills?
  9. Do you know the impact on your sales tax obligations when adding new sales channels like Amazon or Shopify?

Three Crucial Questions Scott Will Clarify for You:

  • Which U.S. LLC setup offers optimal brand protection and minimizes your U.S. tax liability?
  • What actions are necessary for marketplace account verification, and what are your options if verification fails?
  • What tax obligations and filings are essential to keep the IRS and state taxing authorities off your back?
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Consult Process
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Schedule a Zoom call on Scott's calendar. Email a summary of your questions to support@launchwithconfidence.com with the subject "Strategy Session Questions for Scott."

Scott will briefly review your goals in the initial minutes and provide a tailored plan. An email summary of the next steps, including costs and resources, will follow. Call recording is optional.

Comprehensive Tax and Business Strategy Session – Includes Trifecta Tax Diagram, e-commerce clean up for Amazon, Shopify…) for up to 2 hours with Scott & action plan and recommendations. 

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U.S. Residents

As a U.S. resident starting a business, Scott will guide you through critical decisions in a focused Zoom strategy session:

  1. Choose the best state and entity for your business.
  2. Decide on fundability strategies and initial formation choices.
  3. Master expense maximization and IRS audit protection.
  4. Navigate marketplace verification to prevent holds and ensure smooth online selling.

Tackle complex topics from appointing advisors to multi-state partnerships, all while protecting assets and optimizing tax compliance.

Non-U.S. Residents

Since 2009, Scott has guided global entrepreneurs in maximizing U.S. market profits. Whether you’re on Amazon, Walmart, or a Shopify seller, key insights await.

In a focused Zoom session, Scott will guide you on:

  1. Reveal the U.S. tax results based on your goals and adjustments to make to make your life less taxing in the U.S.
  2. Review your U.S. entity formation documents or recommend the best U.S. structure and changes based on your U.S. e-commerce goals. How to navigate the tax interviews and tips to avoid extra verification steps.
  3. Understanding sales tax triggers and compliance.
  4. Selecting the right CPA or tax attorney for your U.S. e-commerce strategy.

Get a realistic timeline for launching your U.S. business, even if your EIN is pending.

Scott's Experience

Scott isn’t just an expert in tax consulting; he’s a proven strategist with elite training from the acclaimed Main Street Tax Pro program.

Scott has provided expert advice on U.S. sales tax and compliance to entities ranging from Amazon’s EU Seller Central reps to top U.S. tax attorneys. He’s also directed projects with MTC.gov and Amazon’s tax team. A sought-after speaker, he’s graced stages at events like Amazing.com and the White Label Expo, and featured on numerous podcasts.

Partnering with industry leaders trusted by big names like Shopify and Avalara, Scott delivers invaluable insights for U.S. and non-U.S. residents. Make a wise investment in your future; consult with Scott to save time and multiply your financial returns.

Scott’s adeptness, coupled with his expansive industry relationships, paints a promising picture of optimized tax solutions strategically designed to amplify his clients’ financial efficiency and economic growth.

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Maximize your profits and wealth with Scott, a Main Street Pro Tax Advisor. Gain expert guidance to optimize your tax savings, discover the best business structure, and unlock critical wealth-building strategies.

Scott has extensive training, from simple concepts like involving the family in your business to advanced topics like real estate, crypto taxation strategies, and all the intricacies of wealth-building.

Numerous tax strategies are mapped out in whiteboards that will add value to your situation during your Zoom strategy call with Scott.

Secure your financial future with expert guidance from Scott. Whether you need assistance protecting your assets, investments, cash, crypto, or other businesses or are looking to scale and need the best funding options while maintaining 100% of your company, Scott can help you navigate the process easily.

He offers a wealth of proven conservative strategies and insights into more aggressive options and the associated risks. And for those needing privacy, Scott is a true master, able to provide expert guidance on when and how to preserve it.

Navigate sales tax compliance with ease, thanks to the expertise of our team. As sales tax experts, we have a proven track record of success, having applied for thousands of sales tax permits since 2015.

Scott has a wealth of knowledge and resources, including charts that simplify registering, closing sales tax accounts, and understanding nexus thresholds.

Led by Scott, our team stays up-to-date with the latest state regulations and requirements, ensuring your best options for compliance and protecting your profits and brand.

Get the inside edge on LLC formation and taxation with expert guidance from Scott. As a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience and knowledge, Scott has consulted with the top tax and law firms in the U.S. to provide you with the latest and most accurate information on LLC formation and taxation.

He delves deep into the complex factors determining when an LLC is the best starting point and how it should be taxed.
But that’s just the beginning.

Scott also provides insights into the complexities of ownership structures, including when and how to add another layer. He is also an expert on tax treaties and U.S. returns for overseas residents. And for those with multiple partners, he excels in explaining the best options to navigate the complexities of partnerships.

Scott is a seasoned professional with a deep understanding of the global markets, having previously held a Series 7 license. He stays up-to-date on market trends and their impact on businesses, particularly those of our clients.

Scott is also well-versed in personal credit and has a thorough understanding of how business credit works and how it can be leveraged to benefit companies.

I strongly believe in ensuring that a business is not financially exposed. I have dedicated my experience and expertise to helping companies secure business credit while maintaining full ownership.

With over a decade of experience in this field, I have a proven track record of success in guiding companies toward achieving their financial goals.

Scott understands the importance of preserving cash flow for the survival of your business, which is why we highly recommend seeking out all available financial support. Our team is here to support you and provide referrals as needed. Additionally, building business credit and financial strength is crucial, even amidst the possibility of future rounds of federal funding.

With over a decade of experience in the field, we have a proven track record of success in helping entrepreneurs obtain business credit and funding through our previous company.

Throughout his career, Scott has had the opportunity to consult with leading financial experts, bankers, and credit gurus to gain a deep understanding of the often counterintuitive system.

I can provide you with the guidance and resources necessary to make informed financial decisions and ask the right questions. Trust in my expertise to navigate the complex business credit and funding world.

Expanding into the U.S. e-commerce market is a strategic move that requires a comprehensive approach. At our company, we offer a wide range of step-by-step guides to help you navigate the complexities of the market and ensure compliance with all necessary regulations. We have you covered, whether it’s Amazon insurance, selling on Walmart, or understanding Shopify payment requirements.

Scott is well-versed in the various marketplaces and selling models available. Scott can help you identify the best structure for your business, considering the specific tax services required for each strategy.

Navigating the vast amount of online information can be overwhelming, but with our guidance, you can be confident that you are making the right moves to achieve your desired outcome. Trust in Scott’s expertise to help you navigate the complexities of the U.S. e-commerce market and achieve success.

As a master practitioner in NLP neuro-linguistic programming, I possess the skills and expertise to help you unlock your full potential. NLP is a powerful tool, similar to the techniques used by Tony Robbins, that can be used to identify and change patterns that hold you back and replace them with ones that lead to success.

Whether it’s overcoming feelings of overwhelm, utilizing the Disney pattern for generating new ideas, or shifting beliefs that limit your focus on opportunities, I can help you identify and shift patterns holding you back.

I see opportunities through my ability to ask better, more effective questions designed to help you avoid pitfalls you did not see coming and take advantage of key opportunities.

Scott is a highly skilled and experienced professional who has studied extensively under the guidance of renowned business strategist Jay Abraham. He has also held his own seminar, “The Ultimate Joint Venture Bootcamp,” for three years, teaching entrepreneurs how to leverage the assets and resources of others by adding value first.

He has mastered the art of positioning and language, and he can teach you how to communicate effectively to add maximum value to others, ultimately providing your business with incredible opportunities at no cost to you.

Additionally, Scott has a wide network of connections, and his introduction to the right person could be a game-changer for your business. If you are looking to take your business to the next level, Scott’s expertise and connections can provide you with the resources and support needed to achieve your goals.

imgScott's Strategy Session Packages

U.S. Business Entity Consult –Gain clarity on the best U.S. entity, state, and tax strategy tailored just for you. 30-minute Zoom call with Scott.

$397.00

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U.S. Tax & E-Commerce Expansion Consult – Unlock your U.S. expansion roadmap: Optimize LLC formation, tax planning, state choice, insurance options, marketplace verification, and IRS compliance. 60-minute Zoom call with Scott.

$597.00*

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Comprehensive Tax and Business Strategy Session –Unlock a trifecta tax diagram, up to a 2-hour deep dive with Scott, and a tailored e-commerce and tax strategy blueprint.

$1297.00

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Key Strategy Questions to Ask Scott

  1. Which structure is best to start when the profits are uncertain, and when and how do we make changes in the future to reduce my taxes?
  2. Should my spouse be on the payroll? Is there a better strategy for overall tax planning?
  3. Should my family be on my board of advisors?
  4. How do I pay my kids under 18 over 18, and what about paying grandkids and starting a Roth IRA?
  5. What changes when I have an outside partner for my business? How should it be structured differently?
  6. What state and entity is best for my short-term rental property? How does that change when I have multiple properties in different states?
  7. What steps can I take to increase my write-offs?
  8. Can I take a home office? What about if I am in real estate?
  9. What state is best if I plan to stay in my state for several years, or how does that change if I plan to move soon?
  1. Which strategy is best based upon the U.S. platforms I am selling and my goals for profits and potentially an exit?
  2. If I decide to sell from my foreign entity, which services do I need to have before or after setting up my Amazon.com or other U.S. accounts? 
  3. What are my U.S. tax responsibilities even if there is a U.S. tax treaty with my country?
  4. What U.S. sales tax concerns should I have if I exit when selling only on a marketplace facilitator state?
  5. Which states should I register for sales tax? What are my consequences based upon my situation if I register with a current start date vs. a past one to maximize my profits?
  6. What will be my estimated total costs for compliance in my first year of business? 
  7. Which structure is best for Walmart vs. Amazon?
  8. Are Shopify payments possible with a U.S. LLC for a non-resident?
  9. Which entity is best for Amazon insurance for non-residents, and what are the tax responsibilities?
  1. What are your best options if your credit score is below 650 (should you consider these options)?
  2. How does business credit help your business now (how long does it take)?
  3. What should you do with sales tax compliance now (what states are most aggressive)?
  4. If you are outside the U.S., is this a good or bad time to consider forming a U.S. entity? If so, what minimum do you need to be up and running?
  5.  What are the best tax professionals at the best price for my situation?
  1. How to properly make the calls to defer business and personal credit card payments and other payments to preserve cash flow.
  2. What assets will you wish you had protected 6-12 months from now (before it is too late)?
  3. Which entity type best protects safe or risk assets (not all LLCs work)?
  4. Do you need a Nevada Asset Protection Trust (or is this overkill)?
  5. What are the options for transferring assets (not a step to skip)?
  6. When do I need layers of entities for the ownership levels?
  7. How do I prevent a charging order from disrupting my operating business with a partner?
  8. Which state and structure are best to protect my crypto investments?
  1.    What is the best way to protect real estate (this gets complex)?
  2.     How do you help my parents or elderly with estate planning now (they are most susceptible to the coronavirus and must be protected financially)?
  3. What automation tools do I recommend to save you time and money with my business? (We tested a bunch, and how you use them is most important.)?
  4. When does a trust come into play with the entities (living, land, asset protection)?
  5. When should you consider closing down my business (what mistakes do you need to avoid in this process)?
  1. How do you get from overwhelm to productivity quickly to help your business prosper?
  2. What questions do you need to be asking differently to see more opportunities (likely out of your awareness)?
  3. If you are outside the U.S., is this a good or bad time to consider forming a U.S. entity? If so, what is the minimum you need to be up and running?
  4. What are your short- and long-term options as an e-commerce seller (will bundling save your business)?
  5.  Plus, other strategy questions where you may need support to move forward.
  1. What’s the best time for setting up a U.S. LLC to secure U.S. insurance, not just high-risk categories?
  2. How can you ensure that your U.S. insurance will adequately cover your company and your Amazon seller account, even when claims approach your policy limit of $1 million?
  3. How should you respond when Amazon threatens to suspend your account if you can’t produce a valid lease agreement or utility bill for address verification?
  4. What are the repercussions if you mistakenly filled out the wrong tax form during Amazon’s tax interview under penalty of perjury?
  5. What is the best entity structure to qualify as a “U.S. taxpayer” to qualify for the latest changes in U.S. banking regulations and still sell on Amazon and minimize my U.S. tax burden?
  6. What new sales tax obligations will you encounter when integrating Amazon’s Buy with Prime app on your Shopify account, or vice versa?
  7. What are the guidelines for correctly completing a W-9 for Walmart as a non-resident?
  8. How do you obtain an ITIN when your LLC is taxed as a C-corporation?
  9. What U.S. tax implications arise when establishing a U.S. address compatible with Google Business Profile?

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