In order to qualify as an accredited investor in the United States, you must fall under one of the following categories according to the SEC:
- You are an individual and earn an income in excess of $200,000 per year, or $300,000 per year jointly with a spouse. This needs to have been consistent for the past two years and you must reasonably be able to expect the same level of income going forward.
- You are an individual who has a net worth exceeding $1 million, either individually or jointly, excluding the value of a primary residence
- You are a general partner, executive officer, director or combination thereof for the issuer of the offered securities
- A bank, insurance company, registered investment company, business development company or small business investment company
- A business in which equity owners all fall under the category of accredited investors
- An employee benefits plan, trust, charitable organization, partnership or company with total assets greater than $5 million