What Are Seller’s Permits?

The requirements to register and obtain a sales tax permit or resale permit vary widely from state to state: in a majority of states, businesses dealing in tangible products for retail sale (or rental) must obtain a permit; in a growing number of others, that same requirement is extended to retail sales of taxable services’what services are taxed varies enormously from state to state.

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How To Dissolve a Business

Dissolving a business or dissolution, requires several important steps from all of the business owners. Officially dissolving your business will keep your creditors from continuing to charge your business with business-related expenses. Dissolving a business may require the assistance of a tax or business attorney to ensure you are not left open to any liabilities.

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Do You Need to File a Fictitious Business Name Statement for Your New Business?

To answer that question, it is important to understand what a fictitious business name is and how it is used. Here is a simple definition of a fictitious business name: A fictitious business name is one that does not use the business owner’s name. Corporations are generally exempt, as are businesses that use the individual proprietor’s own name. If you are doing business as (d/b/a), John Doe or Widgets Incorporated, then you don’t need a fictitious business name.

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What You Need to Start a Business

Since the recession took hold of the economy, many misplaced workers have decided to become entrepreneurs and start their own business. To start a business, you should have a solid understanding of the particular type of business you intend to start, a written business plan, and enough funds to cover your costs until the business becomes profitable.

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The Employer Identification Number and Your New Business

A tax identification number may refer to a social security number, an individual taxpayer identification number, or an employer identification number. In a business context, an employer identification number, or EIN, is the tax identification number associated with forming a business entity.

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Licenses and Permits Needed to Start a New Business

Most businesses have licensing or permit requirements. Whether or not you will need a business license or business permit depends on the type of business you plan to open, the location of your business, and federal, state, county, and local rules. Some businesses need to have special licensing, while others only need a tax or operating license.

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Operating a Home-Based Business from Your Condo or Co-Op

The United States supports free enterprise, which means that anyone has the right to start a freestanding business or home-based business on his own without owning a piece of property. The law states that as long as your business isn’t disruptive to peace or unsanitary in nature, all businesses, including your home-based business, are legally protected.

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Visas for Non-Citizens Wishing to Start a Business in the United States

Citizenship and residency are not required to start a small business in the United States. Some small business opportunities may allow you to choose to reside in the United States if you qualify for an L-1 or E-2 Visa. While the L-1 Visa is only granted for up to one year at a time, the E-2 Visa can be granted for up to two years and is indefinitely renewable.

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Common Forms of Business Ownership that Reduce Personal Liability

Starting a business is a difficult decision filled with many choices. It is a complicated process that involves everything from choosing a name to deciding whether to offer stocks. One of the first decisions you have to make as a business owner is about the legal structure of your business. Click here for details about common forms of businesses.

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