Transient Merchant Business Licensing

Overview

When a merchant goes into a new jurisdiction, there are a variety of licenses that may be required to sell goods or services. Licenses may be required on the state, county or city levels. Even if the business will only be operating for one day, they may still be subject to licensure. Common types of licenses include transient vendor, itinerant merchant, temporary sales tax permit and basic business license. Generally, all licenses must be held prior to the start of operation in the new jurisdiction. Let LicenseLogix research, prepare, and file all your licenses.

Background

Some states require a merchant to obtain a temporary or transient sales tax permit through the department of revenue or taxation. Other states require a transient vendor/merchant license. These are either issued by the state or locally on the county or city level. Common application requirements include proof of foreign qualification, surety bond, and detailed business description.

Some applications require an inventory of goods to be sold and complete listing of employees who will work in the jurisdiction. These licenses are often issued for one year, however sometimes they are issued for shorter periods of time to cover only limited temporary activities.

Transient merchants must also be aware of all other local license requirement such as basic business licenses, privilege tax licenses, registration with local police departments, and any applicable zoning and special events permits.

Ramifications of non-compliance

Unlicensed merchant activity can result in criminal and civil penalties. The state may order a business to refund consumers any fees paid while operating without a license. Other penalties include high fines, cease and desist orders, permanent license revocation, and jail time.

How we help your business:

  1. Our comprehensive research will ensure that you are informed about all licensing requirements.
  2. Our specialists will work with you to help protect your business from the high risks of non-compliance.
  3. Let LicenseLogix prepare and file all of your licenses to save your business valuable time.

More Resources:

- U.S. Small Business Administration


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