I've been approached by a few people from India to make a US LLC, get a high risk merchant account and with that account I'd need to make a business account too. One guy I'm seriously considering doing this with because we've talked for a month but I feel out of my depth here (never started a LLC, had a merchant acct, etc) and I'd be willing to pay someone for their advice before I hire a CPA and business lawyer and spend all kinds of money (though worth it if it keeps me from getting in trouble!) in advance. Can people not from the US not start a LLC here? Why would he need me to do this? I know paypal and others don't deal with tech support calls (which is the service) but is there no other options for him to process payments? He's been in business for 4 years and has a office in India and again he sells tech support. He said all sales will come from US and Canada. I'd make a LLC in WY though I'm MD because it's faster. He said he could be a partner in the LLC but not the Merchant acct or bank acct of course. We'd draw a contract saying I hired his call center and is paying for leads and that way I'm not liable for all the taxes, just the taxes I take as a salary. 60% goes to him, 15% goes to the rolling reserve, 4% for merchant fees, 6% will stay in the account for refunds at all times and 15% goes to me. The Merchant account providers he wants to use because he has an in with them is VISA TPA PROGRAM (ISO-M) validated according to Visa. Is that good enough? Is he trying to skirt some Indian banking laws? Could I get in federal trouble? Thanks for any help whatsoever.