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How to Get an Arizona Business License (2022 Guide) – Forbes Advisor

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To help you offload the business license preparation process, we have listed six essential steps for determining the licenses, permits, and tax registrations you need for your business in Arizona.

Here are the 6 steps to get a business license in Arizona:

1. Evaluate your licensing needs

If you plan to do business in Arizona, you likely need some form of license to do business, but not all license and registration requirements are the same. The Arizona Commerce Authority Small Business Checklist will help you determine if you have the necessary licenses. A license may be required if:

  • Sell ​​products or taxable services
  • Doing business in a town or city that requires a business license
  • The type of business requires a state, federal, or state license, such as selling alcohol, providing massages, preparing meals, and handling investments.

2. Have your business information ready

Every application is a little different, but you can expect it to provide the following information
When applying for licenses and permits:

  • Taxpayer information
  • License type
  • possession
  • Federal Employer Identification Number
  • Office name
  • address
  • TPT information (see step 3 once you have this)
  • Business start date
  • Sales start date

3. Apply for an Arizona State Tax License

If you plan to engage in the sale of goods or services subject to TPT (Transaction Privilege Tax), you must obtain a TPT license. This is commonly known as a seller’s license in some states. To obtain a TPT license, you will need to visit the Department of Revenue. He must obtain a TPT license for each place where he does business. Taxable business activities include:

  • retail sales
  • Restaurant/Bar
  • Hotel/Motel
  • rental of private property
  • independent contractor

4. Apply for an Arizona Local Business License

Each city/town in Arizona has its own rules regarding business requirements and may require specific permits and licenses for your business. You should check to see if the municipality where your business is located has any zoning restrictions, such as where your business can be located and what improvements can be made to existing properties.
Some local common licenses and permits include:

  • health permit
  • Zoning permit
  • building permit
  • business license
  • sign permission

5. Apply for state and local regulatory licenses and permits

Check directly with state agencies or check the Arizona Business One Stop page to determine if your business requires a state license. You should also check with your county office to comply with the required licenses and permits. Some examples are:

  • Food related business
  • sale of firearms
  • pet Shop
  • auction house
  • pawn shop

6. Apply for federal business licenses and permits

If your business activities are regulated by a federal agency, you must obtain a federal license or permit. Fees and requirements vary depending on the nature of the business and the agency issuing the license or permit. Some examples are:

  • USDA: Issues permits for the import, transit and release of regulated animals, animal products, plants, animal biologics, etc.
  • Liquor and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau: If you manufacture, wholesale, import, or sell alcoholic beverages at a retail store
  • Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: If your business manufactures, sells or imports firearms, ammunition or explosives