How to Register Your Company ✔️
Are you ready to start your company?
Here's what to do:
Step 1: Register with the federal government
Youʼll need to obtain an EIN, Employer Identification Number, from the IRS. Itʼs free and you can do it on the IRS website or by phone. Itʼs your companyʼs federal tax id number so youʼll need this to submit your taxes and process your state paperwork.
Step 2: Register with the state government
Youʼll start by completing the state paperwork to register your entity. First, you'll need to decide what kind of entity is the best fit for you. If you haven't decided yet, check out our guides to Sole Proprietorship, Partnerships, LLCs, C Corporations, and S Corporations.
Now you're ready to register. If you are registering an LLC, the form is usually called Articles of Organization. If youʼre forming a Corporation, the form is called Articles of Incorporation. You can find these on your stateʼs corporation agency website. Youʼll also need to choose a registered agent, principal place of business, and business purpose. Keep in mind that all of this information, including your address, will be public.
Step 3: Register with the city government
Some cities require you to register for an occupational license to do business within the city limits. You can find the information on your city government website.
Step 4: Set up sales tax
Youʼll need to register for a sales tax permit. States, and some cities, require businesses to pay the sales taxes they collect on a quarterly or monthly period. Youʼll have to report all sales, taxable sales, exempt sales and the amount of tax due. Not paying on time can result in penalties. Keep in mind that you may not be required to pay sales tax on services or wholesale sales. If you need help figuring it out, you can learn more about how to master your sales tax.
Step 5: File extra paperwork, if necessary
You may need to file a Doing Business As (DBA) or Sales Use Permit depending on your business. You can find these on your state or city website.
Youʼll also want to make sure you have all the required state and federal licenses and permits. If you have a physical storefront, you sell products in a registered industry like alcohol, or if you have a manufacturing center, then you may need certain licenses and permits.
Congrats! You have an official company!
If you need help along the way, we can help you figure out what type of company is the best fit for you, decide where you need to register, and complete all the paperwork.