Obtaining a Business License for your LLC

You should get your LLC a business license as soon as you have your Tax ID number and filed organization documents.

The type of license that one needs for their LLC depends on what state the business was formed in, and what type of business one will be conducting. There is also the possibility of needing more than one license, as the state, county and municipality you or your business is located in may have different rules.

In many states you will need your business’s Tax ID number before you can get your business license.

Even your home-based businesses will be subject to regulation, which is usually done at the city or county level. The best place to begin learning about the licensing requirements is typically at your local state or city taxation office, or at your state’s government web site. Look in your local telephone directory, or you may be able to find the specific information and forms for your business online. Most county websites are set up using an Internet-naming convention that goes something along the lines of www.co...us (for example, www.co.washoe.nv.us would be the address for Washoe County in Nevada). If your county doesn’t come up using this method, try a Google search instead. Most county web sites will have links to the various licensing organizations and some explanation of what you will need to do.

More and more states are allowing you to register your businesses online, which can be a great time saver. Some states still require you to go down to City Hall, or the County Recorder’s Office, so if that’s the case in your state, you can expect to spend some time standing in line. No matter what method your state uses, there are a few things to know ahead of time, such as whether there are any zoning restrictions for home-based businesses. If you have employees working out of your home office you may be restricted to the number of cars that may park outside of your house, or the number of employees who may work in your home. In addition, many states won’t allow you to sell goods out of your home if you require customers to pick their purchases up from your house.

There are many variables when you’re structuring a business. That’s why it’s hard to go through a quick-service website. Unless you talk to someone who’s got some knowledge and experience on both the tax and the legal side, it’s hard to know what you don’t know. And that can leave you vulnerable.

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