I have a feeling that some of the posters and lurkers out there may have some experience with the following scenario:
I plan to start up some .com versions of a successful website model, with the intention of attracting paying customers from USA businesses. I will be selling advertising space on website pages, there are no physical goods changing hands. There are no affiliate deals involved, just a simple case of the Acme Company pays me $xxx for exposing their business on a website page.
I am not a USA citizen, I do not live in the USA and I do not have a business registered in the USA. Is it simply a case of USA customers paying with their credit card for their advert space and who cares where I am based, or are there some rules in the USA governing the way such business has to be conducted?
I'm thinking along the lines of business registrations, tax issues, customer protection... etc etc or anything else that may impact on how this needs to be done.
If you are in another country you only have to deal with your Tax Issues there... Alot of people do business like this and because the internet in international I really don't think you will have a problem.. As log as the entity that is collecting the money (You/Company) is in another country then I really don't think you have to worry about the taxes in USA. Why reg business in the US when you do not have an office here? Customer protection? Not sure what you mean by this..
Is your host for the site in the U.S.. If so you have established what is called Nexxis (spelling?). By having yor host in a state in the U.S. the Nexsxis department states (yes, pun intended) that you have a business presence and thus must pay that state the going rate on sales tax for any sales in that state only. Also you must file quarterly state taxes, even if you sold nothing in that state.
Some countries have safeguards in place to protect the comsumer against shoddy goods & practices and to do business in those countries requires the business to make certain undertakings. That is what I was thinking of.