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Personal Apparel: Sold by pre-order via paypal or shopify, in the United States, online, made by hand in the United States with materials from all over the world. How do I get a business license for my Apparel business?

A: Licensing requirements for starting an apparel business.

  1. Select a Doing Business Trade Name and Register your business name.
  2. Obtain an Employer Identification Number because you will need it as a business ID and as an employer.
  3. Obtain a sales tax permit, A.K.A. Seller's permit.
  4. Obtain a Business License.

Do I Need an apparel Sales store Accessories such as handbags, purses, apparel, dresses, women's belts, etc? Seller's Permit?

What other permits and Tax IDs Does the apparel Sales store Accessories such as handbags, purses, apparel, dresses, women’s belts, etc. Business Needs to Legally Start Business Operations?

An apparel Sales store Accessories such as handbags, purses, apparel, dresses, women’s belts, etc. A business needs a seller's permit if it sells or leases products or equipment that is taxable.

All apparel products, food, and equipment that anyone can touch is taxable. In addition, a business must decide on the business type of organization as the sole proprietor, LLC, partnership or corporation.

Furthermore, a general business permit and a federal tax ID number are also required for any of the above business type organizations.

The only exception to a federal tax ID number is a sole proprietor, who can use a SS# instead of a Federal ID.

However, even apparel sole proprietors, as well as all other business-type organizations that are employers, independent contractors, LLC, or corporations, must obtain a federal tax ID number.

Any type of business organization, including sole owners, must obtain a state employer tax ID if hiring employees.

Finally, apparel Sales store Accessories such as handbags, purses, apparel, dresses, women's belts, etc. sole owner (i.e., a one-person business) can obtain and use a federal ID as a business tax ID instead of a social security number and, in addition, he or she can form an LLC or set up a corporation instead of a sole organization.

Online apparel Sales stores Accessories such as handbags, purses, apparel, dresses, women’s belts, etc. businesses do not need any surety bond insurance either, but they can optionally purchase it and also purchase general liability business insurance or home business insurance. Mail and order business I sell to online customers as they place their orders. If the customer places an order for an item, they will purchase it and I will have it shipped to their preferred address.
Setting up your Apparel business

First, check out the Legal and Tax Business Structure

To set up and register your Apparel business, it does not matter whether your business is an online, home, store, concession stand or a mobile cart, you will have to first select a business type entity from these tax structures:

Namely, from sole owner/proprietor, partnership, LLC or corporation.

It does not matter which apparel business entity you choose as far as a General Business License is concerned because all entities need a business license and that is because all businesses need, well, a business license. (Note that this is not a specific license to your type of business, it is a BUSINESS license) as well.

Using a company Apparel trade name subjects you to having to file a DBA . For instance, if your name is Donald Tramp, and you do business as Best Items By Tramp, the Tramp name must be registered with a DBA Doing Business As certificate because it is not your full legal name (namely, Donald Tramp.

Also, note that whatever item that you sell or lease, and it is an item that can be touched (i.e., tangible such as equipment, jewelry, merchandise, electronics, prepared food) requires a sales ID (Seller's Permit ) to either buy or sell the items or wholesale from companies that sell in bulk and sell them directly to consumers. The seller's permit is also called a sales tax ID, a state ID (there are 2 state IDs and the other one is called a state employer ID but you most likely need a sales tax ID from the state).

Getting people to work for your Apparel business anytime within 30 days of starting your business subjects you're having to get a Federal EIN and a State EIN (employer identification number).

On the other hand, you will also need a federal tax ID if you are a partnership, an independent contractor, and a corporation or an LLC .

It is always a good idea to obtain a federal tax ID as a sole proprietor and use it as a business tax ID in place of a social security number.

However, you will still need other apparel filings, business tax registrations, such as permits, a fictitious business name, DBA, and tax IDs as described above. For example, if you want to be an LLC, you must obtain an LLC certificate and an LLC operating agreement as well as an EIN.

You need the EIN to be the LLC ID in addition to being an Employer ID if you hire workers.

Finally, even sole proprietor Apparel working from home or just online can set up an LLC or incorporate, in which case, they will not need to register the trade name with a DBA because the LLC or Corporation name will be the legal name of the business.

DBA stands for Doing Business As, and is also called a fictitious, assumed, trade firm or business certificate trade name.

As an LLC business, do I need a seller's permit for a business license? Apparel clothing, women's apparel.

Answer: Yes, of course, you need a seller's permit to buy the apparel wholesale and sell retail.
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