Q. I operate a local online business selling a combination of locally sourced and imported apparel. I would like to expand into overseas markets with the aid of an outsourced warehousing and fulfilment service – Shipwire has been high on candidate list.
Given a new “physical presence” in the US, would we need to register as a business, and more importantly, would we need to pay tax to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service)? Does the use of a physical warehouse and fulfilment service necessitate this? Some of the products will be shipped directly from US wholesalers to our rented US warehouse.
We currently export to foreign markets – but I feel having an actual presence in one may complicate things.