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In the United States you will not be penalized for having no revenue.

You are effectively penalized in California for zero revenue, see all the comments in this thread about the $800/yr minimum tax.

To clarify, I was assuming State and Federal fees not to be considered being penalized and simply cost of doing business.

Oh yes you will. In Britain a zero-revenue company cost me £14 a year, in the US it's about $200. California is worse still.

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