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A "State by State" Guide for Small Business and Non-Profit Organizations

Before you start your new small business or non-profit organization, you need to know the legal requirements. Each state may have slightly different requirements regarding registering and incorporating your business or organization. You also need to know the correct way to pay state taxes or file for exemption, as well as filing other reports.

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Helpful Websites 

If you are starting a business, the state where the business will be located will require you to get a slew of licenses, permits, tax registrations, and other requirements. Your state's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) may offer a "one-stop shopping" website that advises you on the licenses and permits you need in your state for your particular type of business. The Small Business Administration maintains a list of SBDCs at www.sba.gov/localresources/index.html.  

If you are starting a non-profit organization, many states have online information about filing requirements for nonprofit organizations and charitable activities. If you can't find the information you need on the IRS website, try the U.S. government's official web portal:


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