When the entrepreneurship bug strikes, you want to be sure to obtain the licenses and permits you need. No matter whether you’re in the start-up phase, or you’re growing an existing enterprise, you want to always run your business legally.
The federal government’s website https://www.sba.gov/ explains everything you need to do to register a business and to make sure you’re operating according to the law for any necessary permits, licenses or registrations that may be required
Obtain a Federal Tax ID (also known as an Employer Identification Number (EIN) or a SS-4, from the Internal Revenue Service). Call the IRS at 800-829-4933 or apply for an EIN online.
Register with your state revenue agency (you must do it after securing a Federal EIN). Depending on your business, you may need to get a Sales Tax Permit or a Vendor’s License from your local and/or state government. Start the process by learning the rules and requirements in your state, which can be found on the State Tax Information page: http://www.business.gov/finance/taxes/state.html.
Obtain licenses and permits (you may need a general permit or an industry-specific one). Read the Licenses and Permits guide at: http://www.business.gov/register/licenses-and-permits/. It includes a search tool that will explain, step-by-step, everything that is required for your business.
Get more details about each of the five steps described above by going to the ‘Steps to Registering a Business” page of the government’s website.
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