Wyoming Privacy And Anonymity

Start Your Business The Right Way: Privacy and Anonymity in Wyoming

When forming an LLC or corporation, businesses have the option to incorporate in any state, regardless of their physical location. However, it is important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each state before making a decision, as different states may offer different benefits and drawbacks. Factors to consider may include incorporation fees, tax laws, legal protection, and ease of incorporation. By weighing these factors and consulting with legal and financial professionals, businesses can choose the state that is most beneficial to their specific needs and goals.

Forming an LLC or corporation in Wyoming offers several advantages, such as increased privacy and anonymity, lower fees, simple formation process, minimal business license requirements, relaxed formalities, beneficial tax treatments, a supportive business environment, a complimentary certificate of good standing, and annual reports that only need to be filed annually.

One of the main benefits of incorporating in Wyoming is the strict privacy laws that protect LLCs and corporations. This feature is particularly attractive for those who value privacy and anonymity in their business operations. By forming an LLC or corporation in Wyoming, you can potentially benefit from the confidentiality and protection provided by these laws. We will now delve deeper into the privacy and anonymity aspect of incorporating in Wyoming and explore how it can benefit you.

Wyoming privacy and anonymity

Wyoming LLCs and corporations are popular among those who value privacy, due to the state’s strict privacy laws. In this section, we will examine the information that is publicly available, who has access to it, and the reasons why. Additionally, we will provide a rationale for why privacy is a natural right that should not be stigmatized. We will explain the importance of privacy in business operations and why the pursuit of privacy is a legitimate and understandable desire.

Your Right To Privacy

The protection of personal privacy is a fundamental right that all individuals are entitled to. Incorporating a Wyoming LLC or corporation offers the opportunity to exercise this right by keeping personal information confidential and not publicly accessible. This can include protecting your home address, contact information, and financial information from being publicly listed on state records.

It is important to note that the choice to protect one’s privacy should not be viewed as something to justify, it’s a basic human right and one should not feel guilty for wanting to protect it. Contrary to popular belief, the desire for privacy is not a sign of wrongdoing. In fact, individuals have a constitutional right to privacy, and this right should be protected. There is no benefit to making personal information publicly accessible, as it can leave individuals vulnerable to legal action and financial loss. For this reason, we support the formation of anonymous Wyoming LLCs and corporations, as they offer a way to protect personal information while still conducting business. Furthermore, this privacy feature sets Wyoming LLCs apart from those formed in other states, such as Florida. We firmly believe that privacy is a valuable aspect of any LLC or corporation and should not be viewed negatively.

By avoiding the public disclosure of personal information, individuals can protect themselves from potential creditors, thieves, and hackers. At our company, we prioritize anonymity and do our best to ensure that the personal details of our clients never appear in the public record.

What Does The Secretary of State Know ?

In Wyoming, business owners can establish anonymous LLCs and Corporations through the use of state-registered agents. This allows them to keep their personal information off of public paperwork during the registration process. Additionally, Wyoming offers a lifetime proxy option, where owners can appoint a nominee to represent their shares or stock and vote on their behalf, allowing for complete anonymity in terms of legal ownership.

The state’s Secretary of State does not require LLC owners or managers to be listed on the Articles of Organization and does not mandate identifying members or managers on annual report filings.

Similarly, shareholders do not need to be listed on the Articles of Incorporation for corporations, and identifying information for directors or officers is not required for the first year. However, on the initial annual report filing, at least one director must be named, and their information made public. In Wyoming, a single person can serve as the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of a corporation, fulfilling all director and officer roles. Additionally, the state allows the use of lifetime proxy, enabling the appointment of a nominee to represent shares or stock and vote on behalf of the owner, allowing for anonymous ownership on public records. Those desiring privacy may opt for our nominee service. The nominee is listed on the public documents and is available to sign important documents when required.

Further, Wyoming does not have income tax for corporations or individuals. This means your LLC or corporation will not have to file any personally identifying information with the state. One of the reasons we recommend using our service is to ensure your money trail ends with the corporate service provider, rather than with the state. This further ensures the state is not involved in your affairs.

What does the IRS know?

First of all, please keep in mind that IRS records are not public and the information provided is used for tax compliance purpose only.

The IRS requires certain information from LLCs and corporations to ensure compliance with tax laws. This information includes the names and Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) of all the owners, also known as members or shareholders, of the LLC or corporation. This information is provided on forms such as W-9 for individuals and W-8 for foreign entities. Additionally, the LLC or corporation may be required to file tax returns, such as Form 1120 for corporations and Form 1065 for LLCs, and provide information about the business’s income, expenses, and any distributions made to the owners. In cases where the LLC or corporation is classified as a partnership or disregarded entity for tax purposes, the owners are responsible for reporting their share of the income, deductions, and credits on their personal tax returns. The LLC or corporation may also be required to file other forms such as Form 5472 for foreign-owned corporations and Form 568 for LLCs.

It’s important to note that while Wyoming LLCs and Corporations may not be required to list their members or shareholders on public paperwork, the IRS is still able to request that information during an audit or investigation. The IRS also has the power to subpoena the information if they suspect tax evasion or fraud.

So, the anonymity and privacy of Wyoming LLCs and Corporations only applies to the general public, not to the IRS.

Wyoming holding company and anonymity planning

Wyoming Holding Company and Setting Up Structures

A holding company provides benefits which are impossible to provide via a single business entity. Holding companies are created the same way other companies are, and may be either LLCs or Corporations. Instead of engaging in operations, they merely own and control other companies and assets.

Forming a Wyoming Holding Company(s) can offer many benefits including providing anonymity where possible, isolating liabilities and minimizing taxes when feasible. The Wyoming Holding Company can engage in operations via multiple business entities (subsidiaries or sister companies) when needed which is also called Setting Up Structures. Assets may also be loaned or leased to third parties.

In more simple terms, Setting Up Structures means using an entity that’s been setup in Wyoming to hold all of your other business interests where you are engaging in passive activities.

This advanced business model, also known as Setting Up Structures, requires some effort to setup but the resulting benefits more than pay for themselves.

Anonymity Planning

While it is generally more advantageous to form your LLC or Corporation in your home state, there may be situations in which the lack of privacy and anonymity offered by your home state presents a concern. If the public disclosure of information regarding business owners, members, shareholders, and directors is a concern, it may be necessary to consider alternative options that offer greater privacy protections. Wyoming Holding Company can be real and beneficial business tool part of the Anonymity Planning thanks to the strict privacy laws of Wyoming.

Anonymity Planning is a business strategy that allows you to protect the privacy of your business affairs with all the other benefits of Holding Companies. Setting Up Structures by creating Holding Companies is a major part of Anonymity Planning.

Anonymity Planning involves the strategic creation of business structures, such as forming an LLC (The Wyoming Holding Company) in Wyoming and then establishing another LLC or corporation (The Operating Company) in your home state. The Wyoming Holding Company that you first formed will become the shareholder or member of your other LLC or Corporation in your home state.

Who Uses Holding Companies and Anonymity Planning?
  • Real Estate Investors: Owning and renting real estate is inherently risky. Separating property management from the real estate can prevent catastrophic losses from slip and fall and other frivolous lawsuits. Follow our link to learn more about real estate holding companies.
  • E-Commerce: Opening subsidiaries for different product lines not only isolates risk, but makes it easier to sell product lines individually.
  • Families: One holding company makes it easier to manage disparate interests in other companies and assets. It also allows for the filing of a consolidated return.
  • Estate Planning: Rather than the effort of an estate plan, some choose to pass assets on via an LLC. While we always recommend an estate plan, generally using a trust, we know some clients do view this as a more affordable option.
  • Other Risky Industries: Any industry with risky but valuable assets. Those assets should be owned by one company and operated by another. See our examples below for more details.

While LLCs and Corporations may both be used for a Wyoming Holding Company, for most U.S. owner(s) we recommend Wyoming Anonymous LLC for a Holding Company.

Forming a Wyoming Holding Company as a Wyoming LLC or a Wyoming Corporation is no different than forming the same type Wyoming business entity and you can hire us to form the business entity for you.

Anonymity Planning by Setting Up Structures requires careful planning and execution by a Professional Business Attorney. This advanced business model is tailored to meet the specific needs and circumstances of your business. While implementing Anonymity Planning may involve additional costs, such as the formation of multiple companies in different states and the involvement of a Professional Business Attorney, it is worth considering if maintaining anonymity is a priority for your business.

You may hire us to form a Wyoming Holding Company for you but we strongly advise against trying to implement Anonymity Planning by setting up structures without the involvement of a professional on your own, as one small mistake may render the business model useless and can be costly as a result.

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Potential disadvantages of Wyoming privacy

As we outlined above, Wyoming has strict privacy laws, and does not require companies to publicly disclose as much information about their business as Delaware does. Wyoming’s strict privacy laws may make it more difficult for investors, other stakeholders and third party lenders to access information about the company. So, the anonymity provided by Wyoming LLCs and corporations can make it difficult for others to determine the true ownership and management of the company, which may lead to mistrust and reluctance to work with the company.

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When choosing a name for a business in the United States, it is important to consider a few key factors including availability, distinctiveness, legality and branding.

If you are setting up a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Corporation, you will also need to include a designator (suffix) in your business name, such as “LLC” or “INC.” This will help to differentiate your business from other types of legal entities.

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It is not easy to determine which type of business entity, an LLC or corporation, is best for you as it depends on multiple factors such as your business goals, the nature of your business, and your individual circumstances.

If you are a U.S. person / U.S. resident please click here to find out more.

If you are a non-U.S. person / non-U.S. resident please click here to find out more.

Wyoming is a leading incorporation domicile due to low fees, no taxes, simple filing and maintenance requirements along with allowing anonymous LLCs and corporations.

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If you are a U.S. resident not living in Delaware or Wyoming, the best state to form your business depends on various factors. Typically, it’s advantageous for a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to form the business entity in their home state. However, for most businesses forming a company in Wyoming is also a great choice.

If privacy and anonymity are important to you, forming a Holding Company in a state like Wyoming may be a better choice. Holding Companies can choose their domicile as they are only considered as transacting business if they engage in activities beyond holding assets and leasing them.

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Common choices for a holding company (a.k.a parent company) are Wyoming, Nevada, Delaware and New Mexico. Wyoming is currently the leading state to form a Holding Company (LLC or Corporation) due to the specific statutes, anonymity, asset protection and comparatively low fees.

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In order to incorporate in Wyoming, you need to have a company name, business address, registered agent, share count, par value, and incorporator. These are the only requirements by law to establish a corporation.

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Yes, as a non-U.S. person / Non-U.S. resident / International Entrepreneur / International Founder / Digital Nomad you can form an LLC or C-Corp in the United States. In fact, it is not even necessary to physically visit the U.S.A, as it is possible to set up your LLC or C-Corp online.

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You don’t need an SSN (Social Security Number) or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. An Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number or a Federal Business Tax ID, is used to identify a business entity not an individual. You only need an SSN (or ITIN) if you want to apply for an EIN online with the IRS.

We have business formation packages for Non-U.S. owner(s) that includes EIN application for a discounted fee of $150. You can also hire us to obtain your EIN from the IRS for a fee of $175.

An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for individuals who are required to have a U.S. taxpayer identification number but who do not have, and are not eligible to obtain, a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration (SSA). ITINs are issued to foreign nationals and others who have federal tax reporting or filing requirements and do not qualify for SSNs.

The first step is to get an EIN from the IRS. You cannot open up a U.S. bank account without an EIN for your LLC or Corporation.

The easiest option is to opening up a business bank account online with a Fintech company like Mercury, Novel etc.

Another solution is to visit the United States yourself.

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Wyoming is a leading incorporation provider with low fees and no corporate income taxes. Delaware is generally only used by those raising venture capital or looking to go public.

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How Triple B Business can help in starting your new company?

The fastest, easiest way to start your new company? Hire us and get everything you need: registered agent service, privacy, free mail forwarding, and the guidance of local experts.

We currently offer Business Formation Services only in the States of Wyoming and Delaware because these two great states offer multitude of advantages to new small business owners.

Here’s how you can start the process with Triple B Business today in 3 easy steps:


Tell Us Your Business Name

If you have already decided your new business name then simply enter it on our form. We will perform a free name search for you with the state.


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Answer a few questions and enter the required information on our business formation form. If we have any questions then we will get back to you.


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