Basic Business License Application / Information

Overview

A business entity's need for a Basic Business License depends on the jurisdiction in which it is operating, as well as the type of activity it will be conducting. A handful of states currently have a business license requirement in place. However, basic business licenses are most often issued at the local level, both by counties and municipalities. Because there are thousands of localities across the nation, it can be a very daunting task to distinguish between jurisdictions that require a license from those

Background

In an effort to increase revenue and to protect consumers, many governmental agencies, both state and local, have implemented basic business license requirements. The most basic license application may require you to fill out a form and remit a fee. However, depending on the jurisdiction and your business activity, the application is not always so basic. The language on the application form may be ambiguous or vague, requiring additional phone calls or research. Fees may be difficult to calculate, depending on various factors including the number of employees, amount of gross receipts, or first date of business. Required supporting documentation may be extensive, requiring proof of insurance, corporate or organizational documents, or copies of other licenses or registrations held. Furthermore, errors or omission in the application packet often cause considerable delays or rejections.

Ramifications of Non-Compliance

Any business operating without a license, or with an expired license, may be subject to penalties, such as harsh fines and/or cease-and-desist orders.

How we help your business:

  1. We will research the basic business license requirements for any jurisdictions, and determine whether a license is required for your specific business.
  2. We file all of your basic business license applications correctly and efficiently.
  3. Once your license has been issued, we ensure that you remain compliant with all licensing laws.

More Resources:

U.S. Small Business Administration


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