Doing Business Outside Your State: The CSC Guide

If your domestic company or nonprofit organization wants to do business in a state other than the one where you incorporated, you might need to "foreign qualify" to do business there. But how do you know if you need to?

Understanding it can be a complex and time-consuming task. The rules for foreign qualification to do business in another state vary greatly, and the consequences of making the wrong decision can be extreme, ranging from monetary penalties for a corporation to jail time for its officers and directors. This guide will help you navigate the waters of doing business outside your state, covering a wide variety of qualification issues that apply.

  • An in-depth list of all activities that do not constitute doing business in each of the 50 states, from engaging in litigation to interstate commerce.
  • A full breakdown of the consequences in every U.S. state of doing business in another state without authority.

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