Basic Business Setup

How to Setup a Business in Easy Steps

The following is provided as a guide to start a business on the right footing.  However, it is not intended to be the only things to consider.  Seek professional advice from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or a business consultant.

Business Setup Paperwork – Part 1    4 Simple Steps

Step 1 – Decide on business name, check it’s not already in use, and that the domain is available

Step 2 – Register Business Name (decide on structure, whether LLC, consult with a CPA). See your State’s link below.

Step 3 – Register with State Department for Business Tax Registration & Sellers Permit.

Step 4 – Register with Federal Government – IRS (EIN (Employer Id #):  IRS.gov form SS-4.  You used to be able to do it by phone 1-800-829-1040.

After completing Part 1, you can proceed to Part 2

Business Setup Paperwork – Part 2     Setup Suggestions

  1. Open Business Bank Account.
  2. Create email account for business – best via business website address
  3. Create business cards

Free Resources

  1. Visit website for SBA Small Business Administration (SBA.gov)
  2. Visit website for SCORE (SCORE.org)
  3. Links for LLC License & State Department of Revenue for Tax Inform are on following pages for each State. Some may be change over time, please let me know if this happens.

Links for LLC License & State Department of Revenue for Tax Information

Alabama

http://www.sos.alabama.gov/businessservices/llc.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://revenue.alabama.gov/

Alaska
http://commerce.alaska.gov/occ/home_bus_licensing.html

Other link to tax info:     http://alaska.gov/

Arizona
http://www.azdor.gov/Business/TransactionPrivilegeTax.aspx#STATE

Other link to tax info:     http://www.azdor.gov/Home.aspx  &  www.azdor.gov/Business.aspx

Arkansas
http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/BCS/Pages/feesFormsProcedures.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://www.arkansas.gov/dfa/excise_tax_v2/st_zip.html

California
www.boe.ca.gov/info/reg.htm

Other link to tax info:     www.boe.ca.gov/

Colorado
http://www.sos.state.co.us/biz/FileDocNameAvailCriteria.do?transTyp=ARTORG_LLC

Other  tax info:    http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue-Main/XRM/1251609697570

Connecticut
http://www.ct-clic.com/Content/Smart_Start_for_Business.asp

Other link to tax info:     http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1454&q=271482&drsPNavCtr

District of Columbia 
http://dcra.dc.gov/DC/DCRA/For+Business/Corporate+Registration

Other link to tax info:     http://otr.cfo.dc.gov/otr/site/default.asp

Delaware
http://corp.delaware.gov/howtoform.shtml

Other link to tax info:     http://revenue.delaware.gov/services/Business_Tax/Step4.shtml

Florida
http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/businesses/newbusiness_startup.html

Other link to tax info:     http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/registration.html

Georgia
https://gtc.dor.ga.gov/_/#1

Other link to tax info:     https://etax.dor.ga.gov/

Hawaii                                  
Department of Taxation, Honolulu, Hawaii PHONE NO: (808) 587-1530

Other link to tax info:     http://www.state.hi.us/tax/

Idaho
http://www.idahobizhelp.org/licenses.htm

Other link to tax info:     http://tax.idaho.gov/i-1049.cfm

Illinois
http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/business_services/corp.html

Other link to tax info:     http://tax.illinois.gov/index.htm#t=tab1&panel1-1

Indiana
http://www.in.gov/judiciary/ble/2355.htm

Other link to tax info:     https://www.intax.in.gov/web/security/login.aspx

Iowa
http://www.iowa.gov/tax/business/newbus.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.iowa.gov/tax/educate/78539.html#permit

Kansas
https://www.sos.ks.gov/business/business_entity.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.ksrevenue.org/index.html

Kentucky
http://revenue.ky.gov/

Other link to tax info:     http://revenue.ky.gov/business/

Louisiana     
http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/business/intro.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/sections/business/sales.aspx

Maine
http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/corp/llc.html

Other link to tax info:     https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/suwtaxreg/index

Maryland
https://egov.maryland.gov/Easy/

Other link to tax info:
http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Business_Taxes/Business_Tax_Types/Sales_and_Use_Tax/

Massachusetts
http://www.mass.gov/portal/business/

Other link to tax info:     http://www.mass.gov/dor/all-taxes/sales-and-use/

Michigan
http://www.michigan.gov/business/0,4539,7-255-52647_60434-271814–,00.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/

Minnesota
http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=177

Other link to tax info:     http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/businesses/sut/Pages/File-and-Pay.aspx

Mississippi
http://www.ms.gov/webcontent/partnerSite.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.dor.ms.gov/taxareas/sales/main.html

Missouri                               http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/startBusiness.asp

Other link to tax info:     http://smallbiztax.mo.gov/

Montana

http://sos.mt.gov/Business/Forms/index.asp

Other link to tax info:    http://revenue.mt.gov/

Nebraska                           

http://www.sos.ne.gov/business/corp_serv/corp_form.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.revenue.ne.gov/question/slstax_faq.html

Nevada                                               

http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=415

Other link to tax info:     http://tax.state.nv.us/

New Hampshire                              

http://www.revenue.nh.gov/faq/dra_302.htm

Other link to tax info:     http://www.revenue.nh.gov/taxpayer/resalecert.htm

New Jersey                       

http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/

Other link to tax info:     http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/su.shtml

New Mexico                     

http://www.nmsbdc.org/suguide.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/Businesses/Pages/Home.aspx

New York                           

http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/llccorp.html

Other link to tax info:     http://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/st/stmp.htm

North Carolina

http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/corporations/Forms.aspx?PItemId=5429715&Type=LimitedLiability Company 

Other link to tax info:     http://www.dornc.com/downloads/sales.html

North Dakota     http://www.nd.gov/sos/businessserv/registrations/types/companies/limitedliability/

Other link to tax info:     http://www.nd.gov/tax/salesanduse/

Ohio                 http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/business/filingformsfeeschedule.aspx?page=251#domLim

Other link to tax info:     http://www.tax.ohio.gov/sales_and_use.aspx

Oklahoma                          

https://www.sos.ok.gov/business/forms.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://www.oktax.onenet.net/pod/retven.htm

Oregon

https://secure.sos.state.or.us/ABNWeb/

Other link to tax info:     http://www.oregon.gov/dor/Pages/salestax.aspx

Pennsylvania                     http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/corporations/12457/filing_guidelines/571876

Other link to tax info:     http://www.doreservices.state.pa.us/

Rhode Island                     

http://sos.ri.gov/business/filings/corporateforms/

Other link to tax info:     http://www.tax.ri.gov/streamlined/

South Carolina                  

http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Filings_-_General_Information

Other link to tax info:     http://www.sctax.org/Tax+Information/Sales+and+Use+Tax/default

South Dakota                    

http://sdsos.gov/content/viewcontent.aspx?cat=corporations&pg=/corporations/corporations_forms.shtm

Other link to tax info:     http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/businesstax/st/salestax.htm

Tennessee                         

http://tn.gov/sos/bus_svc/forms.htm

Other link to tax info:     http://www.tn.gov/revenue/tntaxes/salesanduse.shtml

Texas                           

https://direct.sos.state.tx.us/help/help-corp.asp?pg=fee

Other link to tax info:     http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxpermit/

Utah                                     

http://corporations.utah.gov/business/llc.html

Other link to tax info:     http://tax.utah.gov/sales

Vermont                             

http://www.sec.state.vt.us/tutor/dobiz/dobizdoc.htm

Other link to tax info:     http://www.state.vt.us/tax/businessstreamlined.shtml

Virginia

http://www.scc.virginia.gov/clk/dom_llc.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://www.tax.virginia.gov/index.cfm

Washington                        http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/LimitedLiabilityCompaniesLLCOnlineandPaperRegistrations.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://dor.wa.gov/content/FileAndPayTaxes/

West Virginia                    

http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/Pages/default.aspx

Other link to tax info:     http://www.wva.state.wv.us/wvtax/taxInformation.aspx

Wisconsin                            https://www.wdfi.org/apps/CorpFormation/directions.aspx?type=12

Other link to tax info:     http://www.revenue.wi.gov/html/sales.html & https://ww2.revenue.wi.gov/STRB/application

Wyoming                            

http://soswy.state.wy.us/Forms/FormsFiling.aspx?startwith=Business

Other link to tax info:     http://revenue.wyo.gov/

 

Make a note of any websites or phone numbers you want a record.  Setting up a word.doc file or excel file to keep all business/legal documents together can be helpful.

 

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