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Uber Changing Up Government Sanctioned Taxi Monopolies

 

Uber is changing up ride-sharing. Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission recently gave Uber permission to operate in most cities, except Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania.  With this, traditional taxi services will be competing with the innovative service that Uber provides.

"The state utility commission, which held exhaustive hearings on the issue last summer, set some reasonable conditions on Uber X's operation, during what will be a two-year experiment. Its drivers will have to have background checks and proper insurance, and no vehicle older than eight years is permitted.  

Those kinds of safety and quality of service regulations will need to continue. But it's clear that the old-fashioned way of regulating the taxi industry is on the way out. It has been a great deal for those who own the taxi operating permits. It's not so great for drivers or the passengers they carry."

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Consequences of Not Being Properly Licensed

 

Think only your business is affected when you don't have a proper business license? Think again. Harrisburg's new treasurer has stepped down after it was discovered that he ran his business without a business license. 

Most business licenses do not cost an absurd amount of money and I'm sure it wasn't worth the cost of losing the position of city treasurer for Tyrell Spradley. 

"The tax office said Spradley did apply for a business license for Minotaur Services LLC just hours before City Council selected him to fulfill the Treasurer's Office."

But unfortunately it was too late. 

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Unexpected Consequences for Unpaid Business Licenses

 

There can be serious consequences for not being up to date on your business licenses. Especially if you are audited.  What's worse - sometimes there are unexpected consequences.

"To get an idea of what can happen after an audit from Municipal Auditing Services (MAS), look no further than an April 2013 lawsuit filed by Stanton-based Hospitality Enterprise Management, otherwise known as 007 Showgirls.

The lawsuit came after MAS was contracted to review business licenses and unpaid fees in Stanton, a city west of Anaheim. As a result of that audit, Stanton officials asked 007 Showgirls for additional business license fees, according to the lawsuit. And each of 007 Showgirls’ dancers was asked to pay $369 for a business license and $94 per year for each subsequent year; then they would have to pay separate fees for every location at which they danced.

“Through MAS, the city has announced that it will charge the fees for each location even if the dancer only dances there once,” according to the lawsuit.

Hospitality Enterprise Management dropped its lawsuit against MAS and the city, but the case provides some insight into how audits of unpaid business license fees can have unexpected consequences."

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Are there Consequences for Advertising your Business without a License?

 

Depending on the state, there can be. According to this recent article by the CATO institute:

"Under Ohio law, it isn’t illegal to buy gold, it isn’t illegal to sell gold, and it isn’t illegal to talk about buying and selling gold. But—and it’s a significant “but”—if you talk about buying gold, you’re not allowed to actually buy any. At least not without a license.

That’s right: in Ohio, it’s illegal for anyone who advertises a willingness to buy gold to do so without a license. Obtaining and maintaining that license isn’t easy, or cheap. Licenses must be renewed every year, and license holders have to make daily reports to the police detailing their purchases. This law creates a two-tiered system: dealers who have complied with the onerous licensing regime may freely advertise their businesses, while others can’t so much as put up a sign reading “We Buy Gold” without facing criminal prosecution and fines of up to $10,000 per transaction."

Second hand dealer licenses can be complex and understanding them and ensuring you are properly licensed may seem daunting. 

Download our free white paper, Why are Second Hand Dealer Licenses Such a Big Deal, that specifically focuses on second-hand dealer licenses and how we helped some of our big retail customers get properly licensed. 

If you have questions or need help understanding how your business may be affected, contact us to learn more about the different solutions we provide. 

Business Licenses for Companies who Do Business in Different Cities

 

As we are seeing in more and more articles, cities are cracking down on unlicensed business owners and its not only those who own businesses in the city. In Pelham, AL, you need a license even if you conduct business in Pelham, such as making deliveries. 

To learn more about Pelham's license compliance, view the article here

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Bitcoins Gaining Traction and Transitional Licensing in New York

 

"Bitcoins, the most popular virtual currency, have drawn interest from entrepreneurs and investors including venture capitalists looking to popularize it as a low-cost alternative to established payment systems, supplanting credit cards to international wire transfers. Lawsky said when proposing the regulatory regime in July that he wants to protect people and root out wrongdoing without stifling innovation. "

New York is considering granting "transitional licenses to small virtual-currency firms and startups to let them grow before facing the full burden of new regulation."

In a new industry like, bitcoins it is important to stay on top of the regulations around it, especially before complex compliance measures are added. To understand how we can help you stay on top of current licensing changes, contact us today.

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Tighter Restrictions on Liquor License Transfers

 

In many cities, there is a set amount of liquor licenses and a business needs to buy and transfer one from an existing business in order to obtain one. In Oshtemo, MI, the process to transfer is about to get a bit more complex.

"Another change to the ordinance requires that any necessary remodeling or construction required for use of the license must begin within three months, rather than the previous six."

It's interesting how liquor licenses interact with so many other areas of a retail business. Everybody who's in the business of opening and closing new locations has to take this into consideration. You can't just look at liquor licenses in a vacuum.

To read more, view the full article here.

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Serious Consequences for AIG for Not Being Properly Licensed

 
There can be serious consequences if you don't get properly licensed in the states in which you are operating. Just ask AIG. They just settled for $35 million with the state of NY.
You can read more about AIG and their settlement with New York state here.
Does your company operate in many states? Does it need help on staying properly licensed year after year? Learn how we can help your company stay away from consequences like these by contacting us today.

Grace Period for Morro Bay Businesses Not in Compliance

 

Morro Bay is giving businessiness who are out of compliance with their business licenses a 90 day window to meet their requirements without penalty. After conducting an audit, "city officials estimate that Morro Bay has lost about $200,000 in revenue per year in business license taxes — about 2 percent of the city’s general fund." 

"An audit conducted for the council expects the city to recoup about $1 million in unpaid taxes and penalties, Buckingham said. With a penalty waiver, that amount could drop to about $700,000."

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Liquor License Fees Getting Expensive

 

In Rome, GA, they are discussing an increased liquor license fee. Most municipalities typically create a limited number of alcohol licenses in the first place. Then all the businesses have to vie for those available licenses. It does not seem to be the case for Rome, GA, but we have been seeing that more and more localities are limiting the amount of licenses available.

“An informal survey conducted by the Rome News-Tribune found that Rome’s volume-based rate is relatively rare.

Dalton charges businesses $750 annually each for beer and wine pouring licenses, and $2,000 for liquor, while Cartersville only provides a combined beer-wine pouring license for $900, and a liquor pouring license for $1,500.”

To learn more about the proposed fees, read the article here.

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