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Company Operating in UK and USA

The company is registered in USA, my client needs to know how to set up the UK end. Ltd or agent?

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A client and a friend want to work together but from separate countries - the American end is set up and registered.  My client wants to know how to deal from this end, eg., separate limited company or as an agent.  I am torn between Ltd and a completely separate company, or working as an agent for the USA company.  Cannot really find any relevant legislation on on HMRC website

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By Arthur Putey
03rd Feb 2021 17:59

The first thing to do is give us the kind of information you'd nned yourself in order to have a stab at answering your own question. You know, things like what the business will do, specifically in the UK. Will it sell goods, services, to whom (just the UK, or perhaps other countries in Europe). What will its UK turnover be, will it employ staff, what business ownership structure is desired, will any of its activities be regulated etc etc

Or we can ask up to 20 questions and see where that gets us.

Q1/20 Does it involve cheese?

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By Tax Dragon
03rd Feb 2021 21:56

My dog loves cheese. I soooo hope you got it in one.

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By Arthur Putey
04th Feb 2021 13:49

Do the Americans chlorinate their cheese, to go with their chicken? Do dogs like the latter? Labradors do, obviously.

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By Arthur Putey
04th Feb 2021 13:50

My cat is partial to remnants from the cheeseboard.

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By Matrix
03rd Feb 2021 18:11

If the US company is operating in the UK then it already (potentially) has a UK branch/permanent establishment.

Per above, I would establish the facts and objectives and get on a call with both business owners and the company’s US tax adviser.

If you need to get a cross border tax adviser involved then advise the client accordingly.

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