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Ask the Experts: Mario Alfredo Zaldivar Sánchez
Mexico Start-up Business Expert
Mexico New Business Expert
ZALDIVAR CONSULTING, S.C., is a company incorporated in January 2003, with the main objective of giving tax and accounting solutions. Subsequently, according to the needs of our clients were included in the portfolio of services tax audits, tax consulting, financial and consulting in the area of foreign trade.
- Member of the Mexican Association of Chartered Accountants - Financial Statements Research Commission
- Member of the Mexican Accounting Institute of Mexico
- Ex-President of Mexico Chapter and the Latin America Committee, “Thunderbird – Thunderbird School of Global Management”
- Member of the Latin America Council - “Thunderbird – The Garvin School of International Management”
- Member of the American Society of Mexico
- •Spanish – Native speaker
- •English - 100%
52 (55) 56-77-27-08
Hola Mario, I am working on a proposal to set up an office for a U.K university in Mexico. Essentially the idea would be for me to be there and help promote the university in terms of recruitment, exchanges, partnerships. I plan to be based in Mexico City but would also travel around Latin America from time to time for promotional activities. I need to give the university a figure as to how much this would cost ... I would also like to know how you recommend it is setup, i.e what kind of business entity it would be? Other than my own income there would be no income generated from the venture, unless a student from Latin America decides to study at the university, but those fees would be paid to the U.K university. All I would really need is an office to be based (renting, not purchased) for visits and to work from. And other than that I would be out doing promotional activites etc but based in Mexico and Latin America primarily. I would also like to ask you how the taxation system would work? If I am working for a U.K university in Mexico can I assume that I would pay Mexican taxes? And what would be the responsibilites of my employer in the U.K to pay social security? Also, it is likely that there will be some time in which I spend working in the U.K, perhaps 2 out of every 12 months I will be based in the U.K working/visiting home, and therefore I don't know whether that complicates matters in terms of residency and taxation. I realise this is a strange one as there is no real income generated other than students going to study in the U.K and I am more like PR specialist in this role but any advice of the procedure and costs with regards to the context of the proposal would be very much appreciated! Thank you very much Question from Andrew Fleming on 11/02/2017
I need to give the university a figure as to how much this would cost ...
>>> To create the office of representation, my fees will be USD$1,000.00 plus 16% tax. It does not include the notary fees.
I would also like to know how you recommend it is setup, i.e what kind of business entity it would be?
>>>A representation office.
Other than my own income there would be no income generated from the venture, unless a student from Latin America decides to study at the university, but those fees would be paid to the U.K university. All I would really need is an office to be based (renting, not purchased) for visits and to work from.
>>> You could consider a virtual office, it all depends on your budget.
And other than that I would be out doing promotional activites etc but based in Mexico and Latin America primarily. I would also like to ask you how the taxation system would work?
>>>It is used a tariff based on your income.
If I am working for a U.K university in Mexico can I assume that I would pay Mexican taxes?
>>> Yes. If you spend more than 180 days in Mexico in one year, then you will have to pay taxes in Mexico.
And what would be the responsibilites of my employer in the U.K to pay social security?
>>>None. The office of representation in Mexico will be the responsible to pay your social security in Mexico. For this process, you will need to get a working visa.
Also, it is likely that there will be some time in which I spend working in the U.K, perhaps 2 out of every 12 months I will be based in the U.K working/visiting home, and therefore I don't know whether that complicates matters in terms of residency and taxation.
>>> No. It does not complicate your situation. You can travel anytime.
>>> Our monthly fees for doing the formats for the IRS of the representation office are USD$350.00 plus 16% tax.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions..
C.P.A. Mario Zaldivar
ZALDIVAR CONSULTING, S.C.
Tel.: +52-55-5677-2708 & +52-55-5677-2709
Liz y yo estamos en el proceso de comprar los derechos a América Latina para introducir un nuevo concepto de franquicia de los Estados Unidos. Sería genial si podemos tener una llamada inicial para obtener su entrada como vemos si Mexico es uno de los primeros mercados en los que entramos. Podríamos compartir el concepto con usted y obtener su opinión y ver si tiene sentido ser uno de sus socios. Gracias. Question from ismael velez on 07/01/2017
Le envío mis datos.
C.P.A. Mario Alfredo Zaldívar Sánchez
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com
Tel.: +52-55-5677-2708 & +52-55-5677-2709
Senor Zalvadar I am going to be opening a pharmaceutical research center in a dental school in Puebla, Mexico. I need advice on: which type of business to set up in Mexico, the requirements to set it up, and the tax implications. The business will be a subsidiary of an existing corporation in the Unites States of America. We will be employing about 15 people. Five of us will be moving to Puebla from the USA. What kinds of visas will we need? Thank you for your help! Jon Matthew Question from Jon Matthew Brown on 06/01/2017
I will send you detailed information according to our call.
C.P.A. Mario Zaldivar
Hola Mario! I would like to know if the following is possible. I am a Canadian who wants to start a photography business in Mexico. As a foreigner, I can start a business here in Mexico with a Notario Publico, correct? And then in order for me to work for the business I need to have the business issue a letter offering employment to myself, yes? Am I able to write this letter myself, legally speaking, or should I have someone else write it? What I am not quite clear on is, according to Mexican labor law Article 7: - In any enterprise or establishment, at least 90% of workers hired by the employer must be Mexican. - This article shall not apply to directors, administrators or general managers. Am I correct in assuming that if the offer of employment from my business is for one of the three positions listed as not applying to article 7 there should be no issue with me obtaining permission to work for my business. Also, in your opinion, what would be the best form for such a business: as Comerciante, persona fisica, some form of partnership or limited liability company. Another question is how does one qualify for a Comerciante persona fisica? Thanks so much! Question from Blaine Milne on 26/11/2016
I am a Canadian who wants to start a photography business in Mexico. As a foreigner, I can start a business here in Mexico with a Notario Publico, correct?
Yes, if you are creating a company, and you will need a legal representative in Mexico with Power of Attorney
And then in order for me to work for the business I need to have the business issue a letter offering employment to myself, yes?
Actually the legal representative will sign the letter
Am I able to write this letter myself, legally speaking, or should I have someone else write it?
Someone else, the legal representative
What I am not quite clear on is, according to Mexican labor law Article 7: - In any enterprise or establishment, at least 90% of workers hired by the employer must be Mexican. - This article shall not apply to directors, administrators or general managers. Am I correct in assuming that if the offer of employment from my business is for one of the three positions listed as not applying to article 7 there should be no issue with me obtaining permission to work for my business.
You are correct
Also, in your opinion, what would be the best form for such a business: as Comerciante, persona fisica, some form of partnership or limited liability company.
A limited liability company. You will not be able to operate as an independent “persona fisica”
Another question is how does one qualify for a Comerciante persona fisica?
As a foreigner, you cannot do it.
Regards, Mario My e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Mario, Myself and 3 others are in the planning stage of opening a hostel in Mexico. On top of providing lodging to guests we'd also like to sell food and alcohol, sell merchandise and provide tours. I have some basic questions about what we need to know for starting a business in Mexico before we go Mexico and begin scouting. 1.) What type of business structure would we be considered? Would we be a corporation or an LLC, etc...? Also what kind of taxes would we be paying? 2.) What types of licenses would we need to get beforehand? 3.) What types of lawyers, attorneys, and accountants should we get in touch with prior to starting our business? 4.) Do we only need Resident Visa to start a business in Mexico? Thank you for your help, Tyler Question from Tyler Faber on 25/11/2016
1.) What type of business structure would we be considered? A Limited Liability Company
2.) Also what kind of taxes would we be paying? For companies: Income tax 30%. If you have employees: 3% Tax payroll, social security, housing fund, retirement fund, and employees profit sharing (10% of the profits before taxes). Additionally there are 16% VAT, and employees taxes.
3.) What types of licenses would we need to get beforehand? Alcohol license
4.) What types of lawyers, attorneys, and accountants should we get in touch with prior to starting our business? I, as an accountant (president of Zaldivar Consulting), and my Notary can help you to create the company and start operations. It involves Taxes Registration, accounting, taxes, invoicing, and payroll
5.) Do we only need Resident Visa to start a business in Mexico? Yes, but you need to name a Mexican Legal Representative with Power of Attorney to register the company in the Taxes Authorities and act as a representative for any authorities and governmental issues. In this case, I can be your legal representative
I want to export my 40ft Power Yacht , with 2 en suite bedrooms, arranged on 3 levels and an Aft Deck Salon with a 180 degree view of a Marina. The business I want to form with a Mexican National is running a Dockside Bed and Boat, business, for International and vacationing Mexican Nationals. I want to 'dock' the vessel/hotel in either El Cid Hotel & Marina in MZT, or Hotel Marina Coral in Ensenada. Can your firm give me a quote to complete all paperwork needed to establish this business in Mexico? Question from Janet Nicholson on 27/10/2016
What nationality is the Yacht?
Can you send me your e-mail?, I have a couple questions before sending you a proposal
Warm Regards, Mario
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Dear Partner, Who we are and what we do... We are UK based Financial Services company, we write to introduce our company as financial and investment brokers. Our company can assist you in seeing opportunities, securing project and investment loan funding, bank instruments (Bank Guarantee (BG), Standby Letter of Credit (SBLC)) to aid you secure funds appropriately from any global AAA+ rated banks or top investment house to fund your projects from mid- range to massive projects any where in the world. Our area of specialisation focuses more on helping our clients with securing investment loan and leasing bank instrument (BG or SBLC) from AAA+ rated banks. Contact us today if you have projects that require funding from 1M - 5B and we will be more than glad to advise and work with you. Mr Ronald Rajnesh Gounder Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Skype ID: grounesh.advisory Question from Ronald Gounder on 05/08/2016
At this time I do not have any project.
If you need any assistance in Mexico, let me know and I will be more than happy to assist you.
Hello I represent 4 UK citizens who want to know if it is possible to start and solely own a small tourist activity based company in the Cancun region? Ideally we want to know how long and how much a small business licence would be to set up? How much work residency and work permits are? If you had any further advice? Thank you for your time Question from Ian Grant on 28/06/2016
Yes you can.
In September, a new way of Mexican Society will start, where one individual could have its own company.
It will take a couple days. The cost will be only for my fees.
You need a working visa and an address in Mexico.
What kind of tourist activity do you mean.
Mario, I have a client that has a significant manufacturing operation in Mexico working through a shelter. The client has a significant amount of inventory and equipment in Mexico, but as it is working through the shelter is not registered in Mexico. Is it possible for companies working through shelters to borrow lines of credit using their inventory or capital loans collaterilizing their fixed assets from a Mexican bank? Can you refer me to any applicable regulations that I should research? Question from Greg Kahn on 04/05/2016
Hi, yes, but it is important to know what will be the loan for, and where is your client from. It might be necessary to have a representative in Mexico.
I am not sure about the inventory as collateral, but the equipment will work. You will need the original invoice translated into spanish and apostille.
What kind of inventory do you have?
Regulations vary according to the bank to which you will be working with.
Is there any specific reason you want to get a loan from a Mexican Bank?
I hope you can send your answers, and at the same time let me know if you have additional questions.
Hola Buenos Dias Mario, I am exploring the requirements to creating a business entity in Mexico so that we can hire help and open Mexican business entity bank accounts. We currently have a relationship with a private hospital that has an interest in having us rent space and create a private seperate clinic inside the hospital. in the US LLC entities are our preferred business type. So the RPL ..? Is most likely the correct entity Type. Are you able to help with this process? Muchas Gracias Question from Timothy Burns on 20/03/2016
Yes, we are able to help.
We help foreign companies to set up companies and operations in Mexico.
Let me know, what are your specific needs to start the process.
Warm regards, Mario
Hello Sir, I am from India wants to start Indian restaurant at Tijuana, Need your full guidance and support, how much i have to invest and how can i visit there to see the location for the business. I went to the embassy regarding this they advice me to bring an invitation letter on which i can get the visa but i don't know anybody over there please guide me how i can obtain the invitation letter and ASAP i can come to there to start my business. Question from Manoj Nanda on 07/12/2015
Let me check the process, and I will get back to you.
Can you give me some of your brackground? What is the name of your company? How many years have you been in the business? And restaurant experience?
For your information I am located in Mexico City, but let me find out what can I do for you.
Dear Mario, I have a client who has developed a luggage tracker and is interested in distribution in Mexico. They urgently need assistance with the following information: • Usual margins for retailers, distributors, in the consumer electronics and luggage markets in Mexico • Retail Outlets for consumer electronics and luggage markets (department stores as well as specialty stores) • E-commerce portals that sell these products • Contacts in these channels • Revenue/quantities or market share of these channels What would be the best way to obtain this information? Kind regards Brenda Question from Brenda Gabriel on 05/12/2015
Hi Brenda, there is no such a site where you can find all the information.
I hope this can help.
Let me know if you are you interested in a Marketing research?
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I will let you know in case I request your services.
And if stock holders are Mexican citizens?? Question from vahid zibae on 05/11/2015
Sólo take about 1 Montt and cost will be about USD $ 3,500
Greetings. I am currently in Mexico and would like to register company name and get certified as legitimate Mexican company. Name to be registered is Avicena IMD and Caltech Innovations. How long from start will this take to the time it is completed if we started today, and how much will it cost? Kind of Mexican S.A. de C.V.. Please advise thanks Question from vahid zibae on 04/11/2015
If the stockholders are from overseas, it will take about 2 months.
The cost including notary fees are US $4,650.00 plus 16% tax
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My office number 56772708
Hello, we are already registered and operating as a company in Mexico. Lately, we have been told by our own clients that it might be possible to avoid paying Mexican VAT if services are invoiced from the US. in more detail, when our company in Mexico invoices a non-Mexican company for services, is it possible to be exempt of VAT? We have heard that this might be possible if we invoice a US company. Additionally, Would there be any VAT exempt between Mex and Switzerland? Thank you so much Question from Maria Pallares on 18/08/2015
Yes. Your company in Mexico can Invoice without VAT, if the service is provided overseas. I mean if the Mexican company provides the service in another country (export services), then VAT should be "0" (Zero)
This is for any country, the export of services are exempt of VAT
Let me know, if you have any additional questions.
Mr. Sancez! Abacus 247 LLC is an online retailer selling on all major marketplaces including Amazon. We utilize Amazon Fulfilment Operation (FBA) in Europe and Japan. Recently Amazon Mexico opened its first warehouse allowing vendors in Mexico and abroad to utilize Fulfill by Amazon program. We are USA company and in order to ship to the Amazon warehouse in Mexico we need to obtain RFC ID and be registered on the List of Importers to Mexico...these are Amazon's requirements since Amazon can not be Importer of record. Are you aware of any possibility of obtaining these necessary Ids without actually creating a company in Mexico? Do you know of any Agent or Broker or any entity that would be our Proxy in Mexico? Thank you in advance for any information or idea you may share! Regards, Slavica Ristic VP Operations Abacus 247 LLC Phoenix AZ email@example.com 602-889-9002 Question from Slavica Ristic on 23/07/2015
Dear Slavica Ristic,
In Zaldivar Group, is integrated by two companies:
1.- Zaldivar Consulting.- which is an Accounting Firm of Certified Public Accountants, where we focus on Set-up Companies, start-up operations, auditing, taxes, accounting and payroll
2.- Representaciones Zaldivar.- which is a Trading Company and we can help you to import almost any kind of products.
Let me know if you have more information about the products you are willing to import to Mexico.
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What do you mean with:
Provider of BG/SBLC
Warm Regards, Mario
Hello Mr.. Sánchez, We are looking at purchasing a boutique hotel & SCUBA operation in Mexico. We can readily put up a down payment of over half the asking price. We have reviewed the current financials and expansion opportunities, they are many. This is a great opportunity for us . Can you recommend specific lending agencies to contact for assistance? Please advise. Thank you, Peter Clark Question from peter clark on 28/04/2015
Dear Mr. Peter Clark, The best is to ask for a loan in a Bank. Could be Banamex, Bancomer and/or HSBC? Altough, the interest rate could be up to 12% and they will request for a real estate guarantee for the loan.
I will suggest, you get a loan from your home country, it could be easier, and might be cheaper.
Where are you from?
Are you doing the business by yourself or are you planning to create a Corporation with partners?
Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
My e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear sir, i am the proprietor of Haroon Niazi Trading Co.i am from Pakistan as you know the currently position for business security is not satisfy in our country so i decided to register my company and open my business office there in MEXICO Already i got visitor visa of mexico Pleas guide me how can register my company for the fist time and get business visa what is the requirements for that awaiting for your reply. Question from muhammad niazi on 07/02/2015
To register a company you have to créate one with a Notary. After having the company you can start processing your business visa.
For creating a company you need at least two stockholders for your company in Mexico, can be companies and/or persons.
What will be the activity of your company in Mexico?
At some point, you will have to come to Mexico for signing the constitution of the company. ARe you able to come to Mexico?
If you need any further information please contact me at email@example.com
Hey, I'm just wondering what are the legal implications of doing business in Mexico. First of all, I'm thinking of expanding a shoe business to Mexico. I will be doing all manufacturing and Marketing in Mexico. Is there anything required by law? How many permits would i need? Question from Tim Jeev on 27/11/2014
The shoe business does not requere any different requirements then the regular for any other business.
First, you have to build a Mexican company, where all could be foreign stockholders.
Second, you will have to register the company for Taxes purposes with the Taxes Administration
Third, the company will open a bank account, and register for Electronic Invoicing, Electronic Accounting, and Electronic Payroll
Fourth, hiring employees will take you to registration for social security, payroll taxes, housing fund, and retirement fund.
Finally, the coporate taxes are 30% and sales tax is 16%
Let me know if you have any additional question.
Warm regards, Mario
Hi Mario, We would like setup a Recruitment Outsourcing wing of our company. In this regard we would like to know the total number recruitment agencies that are existing in mexico by city. We have identified the top cities in mexico as Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey. Can you let us know the number of recruitment agencies that are giving their services in each of these cities. Question from Ashok Sankar Chekuri on 29/10/2014
According to the time I should invest, my fees for getting this information are USD$950.00
You will get from Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, number of Recruitment companies, contact information, address, and website,
I will need your approval and deposit for our services.
Warm regards, Mario
Dear Mr. Mario Alfredo, My name is Bhesha Raj Neupane from Kathmandu, Nepal. We are a travel agent with over 12 years of successful business record. We would like to set-up a tourism company to operate tourism activities and hotel in Mexico. Kindly guide procedures and legal obligation for foreigners with your professional fees. Sincerely yours, Bhesha Raj Neupane Executive Director Gangotri Tours and Travels Pvt. Ltd. Kathmandu, Nepal Question from Bhesha Raj Neupane on 04/02/2014
My profesional fees are USD 250.00 per hour.
Foreigners are aloud to set-up Tourism companies in Mexico.
The first step is to créate a company. If the sotckholders are foreigners, they must have ID and documents translated in spanich and apositlle by an authorized Notary by the Mexican Embassy in your country. At least you have to have 2 stockholders could be persons or companies.
Warm regards, Mario
Yes Mario, Public liability insurance for a freediving/spearfishing franchise in Cancun. Thank you for your help. Regards Andy Petch Question from Andrew Petch on 16/01/2014
I have asked the insurance company, and they are requesting more information about it.
Do you still need it?
Can I provide your information to the insurance company? So, they can contact you directly
Good Afternoon Mario, I am looking to start a spearfishing franchise in Cancun Mexico. All is agreed with the owner of the franchise but I am looking to find a PLI quote for my business. Any help would be very much appreciated. Kind Regards Andrew Petch Question from Andrew Petch on 16/01/2014
Dear Andrew, Can you specify what do you mean with PLI? Warm regards, Mario
Hi Mario, My business partners would like to start up a company that distributes Tequila from Mexico with an eye on the Mainland Chinese market. I I live in Hong Kong and am a Mexican citizen and American citizen and my partner is American and we wanted to know if it makes more sense to incorporate or form our company in Mexico, in the USA or in Hong Kong? We have equal access to all three countries. Best, Clark Question from Clark Wonders on 13/11/2013
Mexico is the answer.
If you stablish a company in Mexico, you can export directly to China. Exports are 0% taxable.
Let me know if you need any further information or any assistance.
Hello Mario Alfredo , My name is Engr Miguel.Lamine.Bojang the present Technical Director in Gambia Ministry of Works & Housing. I seek to engage in a profitable business partnership with you based on your profile. Please indicate interest by writing me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), including your full contacts for further communication and details of the proposal. Engr Miguel.L.Bojang Question from Anonymous on 02/10/2013
Before giving you any answer, can you send more information about your business?
export import www.sonestaint.com how can possable thanks Question from moughal ali on 12/09/2013
How can I help you?