Business Licenses and Registration Made Easy
The regulatory landscape is ever-evolving, with federal, state, and local authorities each having their unique requirements, especially in regard to business licenses. CKH Group is able to help you navigate through a web of regulations that require a keen understanding of compliance nuances, timelines, and the potential impact on your business operations.
As a leading CPA firm based in Atlanta, we take pride in offering Business Registration and Licenses Services designed to:
- Get your business registered and licensed quickly and efficiently
- Set your business up for future growth
- Save you time and effort through our expert knowledge
What Is A Business License? What Is A Business Registration?
New businesses need to register with state or local government agencies to conduct business. Depending on the type of business and where you are operating, your business may require an annual license to operate.
New businesses will need to register their business name with state and local governments. Most businesses don’t need to register with the federal government to become a legal entity, but it is required in order to get a federal tax ID. If your business is a limited liability company (LLC), corporation, partnership, or nonprofit corporation, you’ll need to register with any state where you conduct business activities.
Once your business is registered, you may require a business license or permit from a state or local government entity in order to do business in that locality. Federal, state, and local agencies issue various types of business licenses and permits for a variety of business activities, such as a seller’s permit (which lets you collect sales tax from customers).
Both of these processes can be complicated, time consuming, and have significant tax or accounting implications. This is why it is helpful to receive guidance from a trusted accountant like the CPAs at CKH Group.
How to Register Your Business
The easiest way to register your business is to hire someone like CKH Group to do it for you. First, identify your business location and business structure. This will inform what state and local governments you need to register your business name with. Knowing where you will conduct your business will also determine which licenses are needed to operate in that location.
Your business structure will also determine how you should register your business federally. A CPA or accountant can help you decide which business structure offers the best tax or financial benefits. An LLC, Partnership, Corporation, and nonprofit all have different tax policies, documents, and ways of conducting business. Once you’ve chosen your business structure, you will have to conduct the appropriate registration process for that type of structure.
How to Get a Business License
Once you have registered your business, before you start conducting business activities, you will need to apply for a business license for the state or location in which your business operates.
The process for Atlanta, Georgia, for example, includes submitting an application through the ATLCORE Business Licensing and Permitting Portal. In order to meet the requirements of the application, you will need several documents, including a notarized E-Verify Affidavits, Notarized SAVE Affidavit, copy of the applicant’s government ID, and regulatory permits.
These documents and application process may vary from city to city and state to state. The complexity of the various state and local laws and regulations and how they apply to your business prompt many new businesses to request advisory services from an experienced professional.
We came to CKH as new business owners, starting from scratch. As we have grown, so has CKH, and they’ve taken excellent care of us along the way. Harry and his team have always been extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to work with. I can’t say enough about how great CKH Group has been for our company and we look forward to many more years with them.
Why Choose CKH Group?
CKH Group’s Accounting and Advisory services are designed to help businesses navigate the complexities of financial management in today’s dynamic economic landscape.
With CKH Group, you’re not just getting a CPA firm; you’re gaining a trusted partner committed to your success. Discover the CKH Group advantage, where excellence, integrity, and expertise come together to create a powerful accounting and advisory partnership for you. Contact us today to explore how our accounting services can add value to your organization.