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      Starting an Online Business USA - Registering New Business with the Government

      Help I want to start an online business, but I was warned that I need to register the business first. Is this true? How do I register an online business?
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      Yes you should go ahead and register your online business just as you would any other type of business. Here are some steps to take:

      1. What is the legal structure of your business? Do you want to register as a Limited Liability Company (LLC)? A non-profit? A corporation? You can consult this link for more details (varies by state)
      Registering Your Business at State Agencies | SBA.gov .

      2. Decide your legal business name. By default, most businesses are registered under the owner's name; then, they have some DBA "Doing Business As" names for marketing purposes.

      3. If you have employees, partners, or register as a corporation you should go ahead and get an Employer Identification Number (EIN). This is also known as an Employer Tax ID. This gives you tax exempt status on resalable items and provides a structure for the IRS to record employment taxes.

      4. Depending on the state, you will probably need to get a permit or tax ID from the state where your business will operate (even online businesses must do this). The process varies by state so you will need to check with your state agency on how to do this.

      5. If there are any additional permits required for your business, you should go ahead and get these. For example, for certain pharmaceutical products you will need a license to sell.

      This should get you on the right track.
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      OK I’ll do that - thanks

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