Amazon is a 21st-century business model where you purchase and list products on Amazon to sell. I get this question a lot H1b, and H4 can start a business or not? So in one line, the answer is yes, you can do amazon business on an H visa and actively work into it. I will break down these points in a few simple steps.
Firstly, you will have to register an LLC with your state. I do not suggest opening a company in other states to save tax. It will be a much more headache, and you will not save anything in tax. So to keep your life simple, open a company in your state. You can register a company with my favourite https://www.incfile.com/. They can help you document the business for free with only state fees.
Secondly, once you register the company with the state and IRS, you can open a bank account for your business. You are in the game; therefore, you can run your operations like any other business. You can purchase the inventory and send it to Amazon, or you can do FBA for your business.
Thirdly, you need o to be careful about a few things, like you should not run your payroll. If you have multiple partners or even a single owner, find a local CPA. They know what they are doing and will help you do your taxes. I do not suggest DIY taxes. All LLC income is considered personal income. So, for example, if you make $100,000 in your W2 and $5,000 from your amazon business, your total income will be $105,000. If you are filing jointly and your spouse makes $125,000 per year, your household income will be 100+125+5=230K.
Finally, many rumours have been running around for the last 20 years that you can’t start a business and you can’t do active business. They all are lying and saying with no proof. Those lawyers know only about how to bring you and keep you in the US; once you are in the US, they don’t know much about it and are just playing a safe game. Doing business on h1b is not risky; I have trained over 500 people over the phone and thousands of people over YouTube.
I will do a paid consultation if you are interested in speaking to me. Consultation includes a phone call, three follow-up calls with no end date, and joining my what’s app private group where all paid members hang out. You also got a letter from USCIS and DOL correspondence I received to answer my question about clarity on doing business on an H visa.