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Zach Kfare
By Zach Kfare
Webinar: Understanding Heavily-Regulated Licenses on Wednesday, June 14th!
June 6, 2017

Join us on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 AM & 2pm EST for a new informational webinar on Understanding Heavily-Regulated Licenses.

Have you ever tried to find the prerequisites for a food permit in California, acquire a contractor license in Florida, or renew a second-hand dealer license pretty much anywhere? Not so Continue reading

Zach Kfare
By Zach Kfare
Check Out Our New Video To Discover All You Need To Know About Licensing Your Business!
July 21, 2016

Check out our new instructional video to discover all you need to know about licensing your business!

Then go to LicenseSuite to get your Business License Compliance Package and see for yourself how easy it is!

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Zach Kfare
By Zach Kfare
Webinar Today: The Agony of Licensing a New Business (and How to Relieve the Suffering) on Wednesday, June 1st!
June 1, 2016

Join us today, Wednesday, June 1 at 1 PM for a special informational Webinar on The Agony of Licensing a New Business (and How to Relieve the Suffering)!

If you’re like most small business owners, figuring out which licenses & permits you need can cause serious stress. We hear you! Instead of wasting hours searching the Continue reading

David Singer
By David Singer
Upcoming Webinar: The Agony of Licensing a New Business (and How to Relieve the Suffering) on Wednesday, June 1st!
May 17, 2016

Join us on Wednesday, June 1 at 1 PM for a special informational Webinar on The Agony of Licensing a New Business (and How to Relieve the Suffering)!

If you’re like most small business owners, figuring out which licenses & permits you need can cause serious stress. We hear you! Instead of wasting hours searching the Continue reading

Zach Kfare
By Zach Kfare
Business Licesnes Q&A: Sharing Personal Information on Application
March 16, 2016

Question: My main question is: why, when filling out a business license application, does a jurisdiction need the officers home address, birth date, social security # and/or driver’s license #?  Seems pointless.  And is there a way to deny this information?

Answer from Amanda Gannon : The answer varies based on the authority and Continue reading

Amanda Gannon
By Amanda Gannon
Business Licenses Q&A: Home Health Care Licensure
March 4, 2015

Question: Do different levels of care require different levels of licensure?

Amanda Gannon's Response: Generally speaking, there aren't separate licenses required for different types of health care providers (i.e. cardiologist versus general practitioner versus oncologist) to care for patients via home health care. There are, however, various levels of licensing for Continue reading

David Singer
By David Singer
Business Licenses Q&A: How Do I Get Caught
March 4, 2015

Question: How do licensing authorities find out when companies are out of compliance?

David Singer's Response: In the dark ages (of the past decade) authorities were able to find businesses that were out of compliance because all businesses were operated out of physical locations, typically in commercial spaces. The authorities were Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Closing a Store
June 26, 2014

Audience Question: Are there licensing issues involved in closing stores? Is it safe to just let business licenses, food licenses, and health licenses expire/run out?

Andrea Jaffe's Response: There are definitely licensing issues involved in closing a store, and we strongly recommend that you do not just let a license lapse Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Do I Need a License Or Not?
June 26, 2014

Audience Question: I am currently working on a business license for Kansas City MO. There is confusion as to filing a business license or not. Our registered agent contacted the authority and they were not very clear. Can you make any recommendations on what I can do to get clarification Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Limiting Nexus (Updated)
June 23, 2014

Audience Question: The topic of nexus has come up in different industries and companies that I’ve been involved with through the years. Has Quill or Interstate Commerce laws been used to try limiting nexus for business licenses? If so, has it been successful?

Joe Vitulli's Response: I have seen businesses try Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Audits
May 19, 2014

Audience Question: Would a company ever need a business license audit, similar to a sales tax audit?

Amanda's Response: I’d have to know what’s meant by “business license audit” and “sales tax audit.” We have a business license audit service in which we look at a company’s business activity and locations Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Internet Sales Shipping
May 19, 2014

Audience Question: We recently registered and started filing sales taxes in 31 states because of our internet sales shipping to those states. Does this cause any other filing obligations?

Joe's Response: We would need to give a closer look at each state. For example, in Delaware and The District of Columbia, Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Occupancy Permits
May 16, 2014

Audience Question: Staffing companies have units commonly referred to as “onsites” where the staffing company embeds a manager at the client site to manage temporary workers. Many jurisdictions want a CO or other occupancy permit before they approve a business license. The problem is that the staffing company has no Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Canadian Address
May 16, 2014

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 Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Subcontractor Listings
May 16, 2014

Audience Question: I’ve seen some jurisdictions request subcontractor listings this year. Have you noticed that from many jurisdictions?

Amanda's Response: It’s part of a broader effort to achieve greater licensing enforcement. An authority that has one company applying for a license tries to get info about other companies by requesting things Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: State Level Responsibility
May 14, 2014

Audience Question: I’ve started seeing local jurisdictions push responsibility to state level departments to cover business and health licensure. Do you see this as something that will be more widespread going forward?

Amanda's Response: If this is a trend, it’s not very widespread. Perhaps contractor licensing may be an area where Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Standardization
May 14, 2014

Audience Question: Is there a movement, that you know of, to standardize licensing? Even at the state level?

Amanda's Response: I honestly can’t think of any movement towards standardization of business linceses. Licensing authorities tend to have different agendas from state to state and from locality to locality which makes it Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Software Package
May 12, 2014

Audience Question: Is there a software package that could help a large company be in compliance with business/sales tax license renewals/registrations?

Amanda's Response: A lof of people try to manage their business license portfolio with a spreadsheet. My advice is that you shouldn’t even try. If you are a large company, Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Centralize and Eliminate
May 12, 2014

Audience Question: Is there a product to centralize and eliminate the every-year-filings of business licenses?

Amanda's Response: Very few states or local jurisdictions offer a multi-year license that would eliminate yearly renewals. Fortunately, we provide a way for companies to track their renewal filings so their licenses don’t lapse and they Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Out-of-Towners
May 12, 2014

Audience Question: Is the compliance landscape changing for “out of town” business licensing requirements? Should companies be looking into every single locality where there is a contract for business license requirements?

Joe's Response: Requirements for “out of towners” have been on the books for a long time and authorities love to Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Medical Marijuana
May 8, 2014

Audience Question: How do you think the licensing of medical marijuana will be effectively enforced?

Amanda's Response: Great question and I’m happy to see that we have some representation at this webinar from licensing authorities! My thoughts are that medical marijuana licensing will mostly be enforced the traditional way of having Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Business License Responsibility
May 8, 2014

Audience Question: How similar or different do you find business license responsibility versus taxing nexus and have you seen much litigation regarding this?

Amanda's Response: Most of our customers do not engage in litigation to fight business licensing or local taxes. As a lawyer, I think there are some thorny legal Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Alarm Monitoring Nexus
May 7, 2014

Audience Question: We are an electronic alarm monitoring company with one central monitoring station. Would we have nexus at the locations we are monitoring or should we just need the license for the city where the monitoring station is located?

Joe's Response: Great question. We recently did a large research project Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Authorities Thinking Locally
May 7, 2014

Audience Question: Many authorities think locally. They do not think about a company that is distributing nationally and therefore requires a municipal business license when a single product is sold in their municipality. Alabama is a prime example. I have more Alabama municipal business licenses than any other license. Are Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Jurisdictions Getting Smarter
May 7, 2014

Audience Question: Do you see certain regional and/or state jurisdictions getting smarter than others?

Amanda's Response: I feel like the southern states are getting “smarter” at the state level. I’ve seen state licensing getting more streamlined with savvier licensing officers. I’ve also seen faster processing times. On the flip side of Continue reading

Alan Ruttenberg
By Alan Ruttenberg
Business Licenses Q&A: Physical Locations vs. Home Offices
May 7, 2014

Audience Question: Can you discuss business licenses based on location? For example, how about employees working in a physical location vs. working from home?

Joe’s Response: Here’s my general rule of thumb. If there’s a physical location where employees commute to work every day, only that location needs to be licensed. Continue reading