Where Is My Business Located?

By HBS Tuesday, April 2, 2019

where is my business located?As a Delaware Registered Agent, our mailing address cannot be used as your company's physical address.

We can file your business entity with the state of Delaware; however, we need a mailing address on file so we will know where to send correspondence we may receive on behalf of your company from the Delaware Secretary of State.

We also need a physical address, if different than your mailing address, in case we receive service of process for your company.

Obtaining and having an address for your company’s contact person is mandated by Delaware law. Your information is not provided for public record.

When applying for an EIN, the IRS will ask for the physical location of the business. Again, do not use our address for this application. The IRS does not want third party addresses when asking for a company's physical location; it would like to know where the business is physically located.

This can be an address anywhere in the world. If the business is an internet business, the IRS still requires a physical location of your business. The IRS also gives an option of adding a separate mailing address, i.e., P.O. Box, if necessary.

For many start-ups, it is not uncommon for a physical business address to be a home address, whether temporarily or permanently. More often than not, leasing or purchasing office space is not in the budget, or even necessary, to begin.

Remember, the state and federal governements define a physical address as the address where a person or organization can be found.

Alhough we cannot provide a physical location for your company, we can provide a physical mailing address. Once you have set up your business entity, you have the option of signing up for our mail forwarding service.

This will not change the physical location of your business, but it does allow you to use your company name along with our mailing address in order for us to receive your mail (at our address) and resend it to the address of your choice.

We offer both domestic and international mail forwarding services as well as a virtual office service.

Disclaimer

THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE’S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.

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There are 4 comments left for Where Is My Business Located?

Gayathri said: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thank you for the information, Is obtaining an EIN a must for selling physical products alone. In case there is no specific company as such and the work are done by freelance then what should one do?

HBS Staff replied: Thursday, April 18, 2019

Gayathri, generally if no company is officially formed, the business is considered a sole proprietorship and income is reported on personal tax returns. If you wish to form an LLC or corporation, an EIN is typically required. You can find additional information at: https://www.delawareinc.com/blog/disadvantages-of-a-sole-proprietorship/

Tercio Lemos said: Friday, April 12, 2019

My company is in Brazil and I want to sell product in USA from UPS eFullfillment service. Do I have to have a physical address in USA? Can I go through EIN form and fill it my Brazil's address?

HBS Staff replied: Monday, April 15, 2019

Hi Tercio, you do not need a US address to obtain an EIN. You can learn more about this process here: https://www.delawareinc.com/ourservices/obtain-tax-id-or-ein-for-delaware-company/

Chet Sorithya said: Saturday, April 6, 2019

How I can get company's physical address for my website? I already bought LLC and EIN from your website, I need mail forward and business phone number, and business address also, thanks for your servie

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Chet, it sounds like you might be interested in our Virtual Office service. Please get in touch via phone, email, or live chat if you have questions or would like to sign up.

Alain Bwabrey said: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

I wanted to ask this question: Can a Delaware LLP or LLC be a Non For Profit organization? If yes can you tell what is necessary for a foreign incorporation from a California LLC to a Delaware LLP? Thank you very much

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Hi Alain, great questions. LLCs can elect non-profit status, but unfortunately this not a service that we offer or can advise on. We would be happy to help you set up a Delaware LLC, LLP, or non-profit corporation if you determine one of those is your best option. 

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