These documents are typically issued at all levels of government – federal, state and local (city, county or town). Depending on the industry, how and where business is transacted, you may need to obtain licenses from several of these levels.
For example, if you decide to open a bar and restaurant in Atlanta, you need all necessary licenses and permits from the city of Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the US government. So you will most likely need a Federal Tax ID (EIN) Number from the IRS, a license to sell alcoholic beverages from the state of Georgia, a State Tax ID Number to collect sales tax and withhold payroll taxes, a health permit from the city of Atlanta to prepare and sell food, as well as a basic business license to operate the restaurant within the city. These are just some of the possible licensing requirements you may incur. There are over 19,000 separate licensing jurisdictions in the US and each has its own particular licensing requirement. Be sure to review the requirements for your business.
There are many licensing, permit and tax registrations that may be imposed on a business. A list of the most common licensing requirements is provided below.
Failure to comply could jeopardize your business, resulting in expensive penalties or leaving you with no legal protection. Due to the continuous rise in traditional taxes, governments are always looking for alternative revenue streams, which often prompt increased vigilance for business license evaders. Many governments resort to hiring third-party collectors. Some of the pitfalls included in evading these licenses include:
Requirements vary by industry, and how and where business is being transacted. BizFilings’ Business License Research service includes a complete overview for your business and provides all required license, permit and tax registration applications required for your business. Our service includes:
Certain industries are highly regulated by government agencies, and often incur greater requirements. In many cases, we impose additional charges to prepare a Business License Application Package for businesses in these highly regulated industries, such as:
If we determine additional charges will be required, one of our Incorporation Specialists will contact you prior to proceeding with your order.
We begin processing all orders upon payment. The total time needed for order completion varies by the formation type (incorporation or LLC) and state.
Standard completion time for Incorporation service is typically 4-6 weeks; and 7 – 10 business days if you choose to expedite your order, though some states may process your filing faster.
In many states you can also select a 24- or 48-hour filing option. With 24- or 48- hour filings, that is the timeframe the state takes to approve a filing after receipt of the incorporation documents. Most states do not return the state-approved documents in that timeframe, however. The incorporation will be official, but the states can often take around seven business days to return the state-approved documents.
Other state filing orders, including foreign qualification, amendment and dissolution filings, typically take 4-6 weeks. Some can be expedited, shortening the completion time to 2-4 weeks, and even as quickly as a week or less in some states.
Currently, 6 states allow the formation of marijuana businesses and are accepting licensing applications: Alaska, California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Nevada and Oregon. In 2019 Maine will begin accepting licensing applications and allow the formation of marijuana businesses.
There are many factors that determine what state is appropriate for incorporating a businesses. For example the type of business, the location (physical or online), state laws, and taxation requirements all comprise the decision making process. Ultimately, the state that provides the best outcome for all of these factors would be the location to consider for incorporation.
BizFilings is confident in its ability to provide accurate filings, and we pride ourselves on our service. We review each order we receive to identify potential errors. In the unlikely event that an error is made, BizFilings responds promptly to remedy the error.
We warranty our filing services against defects caused by us for the life of your company. We will absorb any fees/costs necessary to correct the error and will correct the mistake as quickly as possible.
Additionally, on rare occasions, the state makes a mistake in entering your information. If you notice an error, contact us immediately and we will work directly with the state to correct it.
For incorporation orders, we typically require the following:
For incorporation orders, we request that you provide two name choices. If your first name choice is not available, we will check the availability of the second. If your second name choice is available, we will process your order using that name. If that name is not available, we will contact you for additional name choices.
For foreign qualification and DBA orders, if your name choice is not available, we will contact you and ask for an additional name to check.
This depends on the type of information that is changing. Some information, such as the company’s name, business purpose, number of shares and/or par value (for corporations), must be changed with the state by filing an amendment. This state filing officially updates the information the state has for your company.
For questions on whether specific information in your state-filed documents would need to be updated by means of an amendment filing, contact our Incorporation Specialists.
The registered agent is a statutory requirement in most states. It is a person or business that is responsible for the receipt of important legal and tax documents on behalf of your business.
The registered agent must have a physical address in the state of incorporation and/or state of qualification, if you are registering to transact business in a state other than your state of incorporation. The registered agent must also be accessible at that address during normal business hours.
BizFilings provides Registered Agent Service in all 50 states, and in addition to fulfilling this statutory requirement, BizFilings provides a number of tools and resources to help your company stay compliant with the ongoing requirement of your state of incorporation/qualification.
We have resources to help you understand your options.