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California town proposes a 140 percent business license tax increase

Pacific Grove City Council will propose to residents next week a 140% business license tax increase, taking the current rate from $0.001 per dollar of gross receipts to $0.0024. Business owners are none too pleased, stating that every dollar counts when running a small business.

The city has been exploring ways to increase revenue for months and this is one of the ideas the council thinks could work.
“It’s a beautiful old city but we need to start investing in our city,” Harvey said. “Our infrastructure is very tired, and we don’t have any mechanisms currently to do anything other than the status quo.”

While we can’t help reduce city-imposed business license tax, we can help you figure out exactly which licenses your business needs and even help you file for them. We reduce your time spent, stress, and headache.

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Tallahassee bids farewell to business license tax

Leaders of the Florida capital granted the request of the Chamber of Commerce to repeal the city’s business license tax, benefiting local business owners and becoming the first city in The Sunshine State to do so. Part of the intention is to enable local business growth and show appreciation for those running them.

“Our city commission, our commissioners, our mayor, also look at it as a privilege to have business here. And if there is something that we can do on the public sector side to contribute to that, and show you that we understand, your being here is creating jobs, growing your business, employing our residents, it’s a significant contributor to the stability and growth of Tallahassee.”

This is certainly pleasant news for small business owners in Tallahassee who get put that money back in their pockets. Owning a business license, though, is still a requirement. LicenseSuite can help determine what licenses are needed for business any industry out there. Filing assistance services are available as well.

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New Georgia Town Takes Its Next Big Step

A brand new city that just elected its first mayor and city council in March, Tucker, GA is now issuing official commercial business licenses.

Business owners wanting to apply for a commercial business license must bring proper documentation to be considered…“We look forward to taking our next step in making Tucker a fully functioning city,” said Mayor Frank Auman. “And issuing business licenses will bring us one step closer to our goal.”

This is exciting news for this growing, new town. The first step in obtaining a business license is determining exactly what licenses your business needs. Then you can apply for the licenses. There’s even an option to have your licenses filed for on your behalf, or have the whole process taken care of from start to end.

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New Tobacco License Rules Light Up this Oregon County

Multnomah County adopted new rules for tobacco licenses this week. Stores that sell tobacco will have to apply for a license starting July 1.

Whether a shop is a “mom and pop affair,” or a quarter of a million square foot Walmart, the new tobacco license costs $580. The money pays for Multnomah County inspectors to visit stores and make sure they’re not selling to minors. Shops are meant to check the IDs of any customer appearing to be younger than 27.

This county is taking measures to guarantee it has the funds to support inspectors checking on stores that sell tobacco and make sure they’re not selling to minors. This seems like a very worthy endeavor. The only thing that could make this situation better is if the store owners could get help with filing for these tobacco licenses. Business Licenses, LLC offers filing assistance by experts. They can file for the license on your behalf.

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Unpaid Business License Fees Crackdown in Grayson, KY

This Kentucky town is no longer going to let businesses slide without paying their license fees. It was decided at their most recent City Council meeting that, with the help of the police, businesses with unpaid license fees will be forced to make payments.

The council discussed six businesses that have not paid license fees…police must hand-deliver letters detailing the fees to the delinquent businesses.

The business then has 10 days to pay. If not, on the 10th day the business will be ordered closed and if it remains open will be fined $500 each day.

It’s unfortunate that some business in Grayson let it get this far that they need to be threatened with penalties and by police to pay their dues to the city. Business Licenses, LLC can ensure your business has all the licenses it needs, and file for the licenses on your behalf so the process is done in a good and timely manner.

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Next Stop on the Liquor License Train: Barrington, IL

As the number of independent breweries has increased across the country over the last few years, cities show they are open for the option to have liquor licenses available in order to facilitate and continue the popular trend.

On Monday, Barrington trustees positioned the village for the budding trend by unanimously approving a new liquor license category that would allow businesses to distill and serve alcohol on site. ‘This is a trend in suburban communities, and we are watching what’s happening in other towns…’

The director of economic development believes that the approval of this new liquor license category will encourage entrepreneurs and fuel more business for the town of Barrington. Determine all the licenses your business needs in order to operate legally, and let our expert team file for the licenses on your behalf.

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San Francisco Treasurer Forgives Penalties and Extends Registration Deadline for Uber & Lyft Drivers

First, ride-sharing app drivers were informed they are required to pay business license fees in order to operate legally in San Francisco. Then they were told they’d need to pay late fees for all the time they were operating without proper registration as a business. Now the word is out from the city Treasurer that late fees will be forgiven, and that Uber/Lyft drivers will be given more time to get properly licensed.

Drivers for transportation network companies like Lyft and Uber who were told, depending on whom you ask, somewhat abruptly in April that they would need to obtain business licenses, are being granted two forms of reprieve. First, they’ll have more time to pay up and register with the city, and second, they’ll be granted forgiveness from previously enforced fines for past non-registration. Business licenses come at a cost of $91 per year, and the penalty for working without a license is $155 per year.

This is certainly a lot of change and adjustment over a short period of time for Uber drivers and others like. All this back and forth, law changes, late fees, and forgiveness can cause plenty of stress headaches. Good thing there is a service that can help Uber drivers figure out which licenses they need, and can even file all the forms and obtain the license on their behalf.

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Late Fees Haunt Ride-Sharing App Drivers

“Many Uber and Lyft drivers unexpectedly owe San Francisco more than $700 in late business fees, the San Francisco Examiner has learned…At first, the fees were expected to be minimal…Now those same drivers are crying foul as those fees are skyrocketing for some who registered with the San Francisco Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Office.”

While we can’t take away the controversial late fees, our services can ensure your Uber business license application is completed in a thorough and timely manner. You, as the driver, just need to receive the license at the end. Check out our Uber driver business license package.

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Pet Store in West Virginia Shut Down Due to Lack of Business License

Sophia Pet Center was generating so much negative conversation online, the business partner decided to pull its license, so as not to have his name associated with the shop.

Since it opened, there have been more than 20 complaints about Sophia Pet Center, Sophia Police said…The pet store was shut down Thursday, not because of the complaints, but because it does not have a valid business license.

We’ve seen businesses get shut down because of license compliance issues, and we’ve seen it happen due to citizen complaints or other law-breaking reasons. We’ve even seen it happen for both reasons together. Our services can help. Determine the licenses your business needs, and let us take care of the all the filing.

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