One of the best places to collect your business money is on a US bank account.
Would you like to keep your money safe on a bank account?
Need a business banking that’s reliable?
Want to open a bank account remotely?
Then, consider opening a business account at a risk-free bank in the United States.
Business Bank Account
Starting an American business requires opening a business bank account (aka corporate account) in the US.
Opening a business bank account is, in turn, one of the reasons for you to register a company in the US in the first place.
As you likely know, business account allows your company to receive and pay money for your business activities. This tool is also a handy tool for your internet banking. Besides, your commercial bank account is a safe place to keep your enterprise money.
What accounts can you expect to open in the US?
Types of Accounts
There are 3 main types of accounts:
- checking account;
- savings account; and
- credit account.
Each account has its own designation. The checking account is your main business account. You can use it to receive payment for your goods or services as well as pay for goods and services of others.
The savings account, in turn, is essentially your deposit account. It saves your money in a separate place. The savings account also earns you a bit of interest.
Finally, the credit account is your backup account. Should your business need some extra funds, you can borrow them via your credit account. It can thus provide you a financial cushion.
Having opened a credit card account, you can build your credit history. This is a big deal. Very few people, nonetheless, understand the essence of credit history in the US. Even fewer realize its importance.
As a matter of fact, your credit history is probably the most important factor in determining your chances to get a loan in the US. Your credit history largely determines whether a bank would grant you a loan and, if so, on what terms, especially the interest rate. Surely, the higher your credit rating (on a scale of up to 850 points), the better off you are.
Small Business Accounting
Your US business bank account is very useful not only for your money keeping, but also for your small business accounting. Your business account can, in particular, facilitate your financial and tax reporting.
Using your bank account statements, your CPA can, for example, run over your transactions, determine your tax liabilities, and then file your US tax returns and forms.
There are many American banks for you to choose from. They range from small local to large international banks. Some of the most popular are Bank of America, Chase Bank, Citibank, HSBC, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Capital One etc.
Which bank can provide you the best business bank account?
As you might guess, it depends. Each bank has its own advantages. Some focus on the US market, offering a wide network of branches and ATMs around the states. Others operate internationally and have branches in Europe, Middle East, Asia, and other regions of the world.
Still wondering which bank is best?
For your reference, check out the largest US banks here.
We can recommend you a bank that may fit you well.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours.
Banks have their own policies for opening business bank accounts. Those policies can vary significantly. Banks have different rules on opening business bank accounts.
Regardless of their policies, however, every American bank must comply with strict federal and state regulations that protect your money. This is your cornerstone safeguard.
Online Bank Account
In the past, some US banks used to open business accounts online. This means that an individual did not have to visit the bank. Such a remote account opening covered both personal and business accounts. Specifically, opening a corporate account remotely required an incorporation or registration in a certain state.
That remote account opening practice is no longer common, however. Instead, American banks now normally require a physical presence in the bank when opening the first account. Having opened your first account physically, nevertheless, you may open your subsequent accounts online.
Still need to open a US bank account online?
While personal presence is normally required, it may, under certain conditions, be possible to open a bank account remotely. Such an online bank account — either personal or business — is, for example, openable if you deposit over $100,000. It may constitute your online savings account in America.
As you can see, online account opening still works in the US. To make use of this opportunity, you better hurry up as it may end soon.
Setting up your account is quite quick. Visiting a US bank to open business and personal bank accounts usually takes just less than an hour.
During your visit to open an account, an American bank provides an access to its online banking. It’s normally free and user friendly. So, you can efficiently operate your accounts from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone anywhere in the world. This is highly convenient.
Opening Corporate Account
As noted above, before opening an account, American banks want account owners to come to the bank. In other words, a personal visit of a responsible party (i.e., owner and/or manager) is usually a must.
If visiting an American bank is a challenge for you, we might be able to work out a solution. It would, though, depend on your particular circumstances. For instance, you may designate another corporate stakeholder to visit the bank. That is practicable.
Besides, if you know any US bank opening accounts without a physical presence, please let us know. In such a case, we might be able to help you open your account remotely. So, there may be no need for you to visit the American bank before opening a business bank account.
Documents & Information
To open a business bank account, you would need constituent documents of your company incorporated in the US. These may include a filing receipt along with:
- a certificate of incorporation and, possibly, shareholders’ agreement and bylaws for a corporation; or
- articles of organization and, possibly, an operating agreement for an LLC.
Additionally, a bank would request your passport, company EIN (federal tax ID number), and US address.
Furthermore, a bank may require you to provide a US taxpayer identification number (TIN). The latter may, for example, be either a social security number (SSN) or individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN).
Considering your account opening application, a bank manager would ask you various questions about you and your business. So, prepare to answer accordingly. Importantly, respond honestly and correctly.
Bank Account Signatory
Last but not least, answer this crucial question: Do you want momentarily to lose all your money on your US business bank account? Of course, no!
To be on a safe side, never entrust your money access to any third party. For example, some providers offer to take a controlling manager position in your American company. In this role, they may act as your company signatory at the US bank. On one hand, this may look attractive. Such a signatory substitute may eliminate the need for you to visit the US to open a bank account.
On the other hand, the account opening service may simply turn out to be sham. In no time, you may lose all your money if the person transfers it somewhere and disappears. Strikingly, can you imagine how many accounts such a controlling manager may “manage”? His/her temptation to defraud you may hence be huge.
So, never risk losing your money due to someone else. Be the controlling manager. Access and operate your money only by yourself. This wisdom may help you avoid plenty of worries and frustrations.
If somebody (even a lawyer or accountant) offers you to act as your company controlling manager, beware. Reputable professionals normally avoid that.
As a matter of fact, we frequently receive requests to open a US business bank account remotely. People, particularly, ask us to act as a bank account signatory or representative under power of attorney. Although we could easily do that, we warn that such a substitute signatory practice is wrong from a legal perspective. Instead, we help clients open US business bank accounts properly.
Now, it’s your turn. Which American banks do you work with? Do you know a US bank that opens personal or business accounts remotely? Just leave your comment below.
To get help with opening your US bank account, feel free to contact us.