By Lanee' Blunt
The documents needed to start a sole proprietorship will depend on the type of business you’re registering. There is no legal distinction between the owner and the business, a fictitious name “Doing Business As” or DBA is required if you want your business to have a different name than your own name. A sole proprietorship is a business owned by one person.
If you are planning to have services company and you will not have any employees, for example a consultant. You will not be collecting any sales tax. You will have to fill out a registration form for a “fictitious name” or “Doing Business As” DBA. In some states, a sole proprietorship is registered with the state government or the county clerk’s office. Appropriate identification will be required such as your driver’s license or your state ID card.
Service Business with Employees
Register your business as a DBA with your state government or county clerk’s office. If your business is a service business and you have employees on your payroll you must obtain an Employer Identification Number (EIN). The EIN is obtained from the federal government by filling out the form and sending it back to the IRS. When you apply for your DBA you will receive the information to apply for your EIN or call the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Register your business as a DBA with your state government or county clerk’s office. Obtain an EIN from the IRS. The documents needed for a sales business with employees are a “Doing Business As” DBA and an EIN. You will also need a Sellers Permit if you are selling products. You must collect sales taxes. The document required for a seller’s permit or vendor’s license is a state ID card or driver’s license with your application. Apply for your seller’s permit at least three weeks before opening your business from your local state taxation department or state tax commission.
You will have to register your business as a DBA with your state government or county clerk’s office. Obtain an EIN from the IRS. The documents needed for a restaurant with employees is a “Doing Business As” DBA, EIN, food service license and seller’s permit. You will also need a Sellers Permit to collect sales taxes from customers. Depending on the type of food establishment you will need a food service license, and the permit is handled either by your state or your Local Health Department.
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