Business Licenses Q&A: Canadian Address

Audience Question: Our head office is in Canada but I find many jurisdictions in The United States are reluctant to send licenses to Canada even though we have indicated Canada as our mailing address. They will send them to our local branches in the U.S. even though they are not set up to handle them. We end up getting them late.

Joe's Response: This is a common problem that is not unique to Canada. American companies often have a similar problem with certificates, renewal statements, and tax returns being sent to local addresses rather than corporate headquarters. This is why we employ people to hunt down copies of the renewed licenses and/or renewal forms so that our customers don’t have to do it themselves!

Amanda's Response: Yes, we see this a lot... not only with businesses who have international mailing addresses but also with businesses that are required to get a local business license for a facility that can’t accept mail. This is very frustrating for many companies and it’s definitely a data point in favor of the argument that jurisdictions are not getting smarter (an online option to print a renewed license could help).

(Author's Note: Business Licenses, LLC was pleased to host a webinar on April 30th, 2014 to discuss emerging trends in business license compliance. During the Q&A, the audience submitted many thought-provoking questions that our panelists didn’t have time to answer. We are going to periodically post those questions to this blog along with answers from the two panelists, Amanda Mattaliano and Joe Vitulli.)

By Alan Ruttenberg