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Old 01-10-2013, 02:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone here ever applied for a business license in Texas? For example, what kind would you apply for if you want to have one for tax purposes because of an eBay business or to sell cards at shows? There are a Million options on Texas.gov. Maybe the CPA happens to be scrolling through the boards late tonight?
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Go to the tax assessors office and tell them you need a tax ID number. They will ask the name of your company and how you wish to file your taxes (I.E. monthly, quarterly or yearly) after that they will give you the number with your dba and some other forms. After that, all you have to do is fax or email a scan of the license with the tax id number on it to whomever you choose to use as a distributor. You will have to fill out a distributor application and return those as well. After the distributor receives everything, you will be given an account number/username and password and can begin ordering. Hope this helps!
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Sorry, my attention to detail is lacking tonight and I misread your question. I was under the impression you were trying to set up accounts with distributors for wholesale purchase of boxes/cases of cards..Disregard the above lol! Sorry about that!
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It's ok, thanks for the feedback anyways. I've been searching Google, and I think I found the correct office for my location. I think this might be a fun project that could turn out to be productive.
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It's ok, thanks for the feedback anyways. I've been searching Google, and I think I found the correct office for my location. I think this might be a fun project that could turn out to be productive.
Awesome, Good luck with it!
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For information purposes only (legal speak for "I'm not giving you advice..."):

In order to sell something in TX, you must pay sales tax, so forming a business entity is essentially required. A sole-proprietorship is the most common business structure, and is generally sufficient for small business (i.e. profits under 25K-50K). LLCs and Corporations require a good grasp of tax and business law, so getting advice from a professional before going one of those two routes would be very valuable.
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For information purposes only (legal speak for "I'm not giving you advice..."):

In order to sell something in TX, you must pay sales tax, so forming a business entity is essentially required. A sole-proprietorship is the most common business structure, and is generally sufficient for small business (i.e. profits under 25K-50K). LLCs and Corporations require a good grasp of tax and business law, so getting advice from a professional before going one of those two routes would be very valuable.
Thanks- I was looking at applying for an LLC, but that would be completely unnecessary right now..good "info" from what I've read. My understanding so far is that after deciding on a business name in TX- if it will be a sole proprietorship (i.e. small business w/ one owner), you can go get a sales tax ID. Then make sure to take care of things at the local and federal levels. Again, this is simply my understanding of things from reading online thus far and may not be completely factual.

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