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Old 27th June 2013, 03:43 PM   #1

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My business is located on the east coast. We are making some trip to the west coast sometimes for sales purposes. We were thinking to rent a mail box on the west coast (california) in order to be able to give a local address to our clients and to reassure them. Obviously, this will be only marketing and we will have no employee there or even an office space. In such a case, should we register our business with the State of California?
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Old 7th July 2013, 09:29 AM   #2
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You might not have to actually register your business there - but you have to look at their specific state laws. if nothing else, you might have to file as a foreign entity - foreign to that state not to the country.
Your idea might be good unless someone actually tries to come to your location - just have the P.O. box service forward your mail to you - but, as a business owner and as a consumer, I would rather you be honest and if you don't have an address in the state - don't try to fake one.

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Old 7th July 2013, 12:14 PM   #3
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Requirements differ from state to state, but the PO BOX shouldn't change anything. If you are doing business in California their laws may require you to register but it will be because of the sales you are making in the state that will cause this not having a local mailbox forwarding to the east coast.

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