Once your company has been incorporated you’ll have continued requirements and costs in subsequent years, some of which are discussed below. Throughout it all, you will continue to be supported by Stripe, our partners, and the dedicated Atlas Forum.
The Atlas Forum
As an Atlas member, you will be a part of a private online community for Atlas entrepreneurs, investors, and experts. You can ask questions of fellow entrepreneurs, connect with investors, and learn from lawyers and accountants.
You’ll get access to the forum after your representatives electronically sign the documents as part of the Atlas onboarding process. Once granted access, use your Stripe account details to login.
Atlas users have access to a legal guide prepared by Orrick and a tax guide prepared by PwC. PwC and Orrick will not provide tailored advice unless you engage them to represent you directly as a client.
We also encourage you to read and refer to our Starting a Real Business guide—a primer explaining accounting, taxes, employment, and more.
Along with the guides mentioned above, Atlas users get access to free consultations and tax packages from accounting advisors starting at $1,000 (USD) for all federal taxes, from a network of accountants that includes PwC and also smaller firms that specialize in working with startups. We strongly recommend working with a tax advisor to ensure you’re compliant with all laws and obligations.
Atlas users also have access to a network of startup attorneys who can provide a short free consultation and flat rate packages for Atlas users. If you’re interested in that, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tax and reporting requirements
Every year, all Atlas users must:
- File a form 1120 with the IRS
- Pay appropriate federal taxes
- Pay the Delaware Franchise Tax
If your corporation employs people, owns property, or operates locally in the U.S., you may have additional tax, licensing, and reporting requirements.
Each year, Stripe will send you a 1099-K, if appropriate, and a friendly email reminder when tax season arrives!
Registered service agent
Delaware corporations are required to maintain a registered agent. Through Atlas, you’ll enroll with a registered agent when your company is incorporated. The fee for the first calendar year is part of your $500 application fee. You’ll need to renew this service in following years, and we’ll send you a reminder via email and in the Stripe Dashboard about it.
Your registered agent will provide you with a registered address in Delaware. This registered address is for a limited purposes: legal notices and communications from the government. It’s not a general purpose mail-forwarding address for your company and shouldn’t be listed as a company address. You can find the address in Article II of your Certificate of Incorporation, which you can download from the Stripe Dashboard.
You can separately choose to use a virtual address service to receive general mail and for customer contact.
Other expected fees
Atlas users pay standard U.S. Stripe fees on applicable Stripe activity, such as charges.
Here is a listing of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) fees associated with your business bank account:
- $25 per month for your business bank account (the fee is waived if you maintain a minimum average balance of $25,000 per month)
- $12 per wire transfer within the U.S.
- $25 for international transfers in USD
- $25-35 for international transfers with currency conversions
SVB will share details about your account’s complete fee schedule and functionality as you complete the documents to open your bank account.
U.S. companies and persons must comply with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations, regardless of where they are located. In keeping with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals, OFAC administers and enforces economic sanctions programs against certain countries, sectors, entities, and individuals. These sanctions prohibit economic activity with these parties. As the owner of a U.S.-incorporated business, you and your company are now subject to OFAC’s regulations.
Atlas users need to take steps to prevent offering services to customers in sanctioned countries, and to prevent any business or transactions with sanctioned individuals, entities, or individuals or entities in sanctioned countries. This can include steps such as blocking logins or purchases from certain IP addresses, ensuring you do not offer shipment of goods to sanctioned countries, and verifying that no payments are made to business partners, vendors, sellers or others named on various lists of sanctioned persons and entities.
A variety of vendors provide sanctions screening services if you do not wish to do it on your own. Vendors can also help with IP blocking. You can also engage your own legal counsel to help with the nuances of U.S. sanctions law.
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