By popular demand, here is the list for beginning an organisation in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Stone City and Clark County. Initially, Southern Nevada is a bit crazy in its structure. While it would make good sense for there to be 3 levels of organisation licensing-- state, county, city-- that's not the case here. Every entity doing organisation in the state of Nevada requires a state organisation license, then you'll get a regional license from the City of Las Vegas, Henderson, the City of North Las Vegas, Stone City, or Clark County depending upon where your service is really headquartered.
1. Pick an organisation name.
Start with my post Calling Your Organisation or my video on the subject. Make certain nobody else has it. Truly, make DARN sure. Stepping on another company's toes in naming your company can have serious and expensive consequences. Move on to step 2 when you have actually selected a name.
2. Figure out your organisation address.
Whether you utilize your house address, a virtual workplace, or an actual workplace, you'll require a service address for practically all the documents you fill out to open your business. It's a lot easier to have this address from the start than to alter it down the roadway. The Nevada Secretary of State alone charges $175 for an address modification, not to discuss the paperwork involved.
You can have a different mailing address for the majority of applications, which is convenient if you desire to utilize a PO box or your home address, but business address is exactly what will be public record, so pick carefully.
One final word on a company address. Many businesses in some way get away with a box at a mail shop as their service address. Be cautioned that the city licensing bureaus don't like to license organisations that simply hang their licenses in a mail store and some jurisdictions don't allow it at all. Check with your jurisdiction for their guidelines.
3. Kind your entity and get your state service license.
You ought to speak with a lawyer regarding the very best choice of entity for your business, however here are the fundamentals. You file the documents to form your entity, whether it's an LLC, a corporation, or a limited collaboration, with the Nevada Secretary of State's workplace.
You certainly can apply for a business license as a sole owner, however without a separate entity, you will personally be on the hook for all of the organisation' obligations and debts. Keeping an entity costs a couple of hundred dollars a year, but the peace of mind is well worth the rate.
You can go the paper path, but the Nevada Secretary of State has a fancy-schmancy new online website called SilverFlume where you can submit all your documents online. You'll file Articles of Company (LLC), Articles of Incorporation (corporation) or Certificate of Limited Partnership, then your Initial List of Managers/Members/Officers/ Partners and you'll get your state business license. In simply a few minutes, you can establish an entity in Nevada.
There are a few exemptions to the state organisation license requirement, however as long as you're an entity, you'll have to spend the $200. If you're a not-for-profit, a movie business, a particular type of insurer, or a governmental entity, you can apply for an exemption but you need to mail in the type.
4. Get an EIN number.
The EIN number is like a social security number for your organisation. With widespread identity theft concerns, it isn't a good idea to use your social security number for your business, which is exactly what you need to do if you don't have an EIN. I've composed a short article on why you should have an EIN. It's complimentary to use and takes just a couple of minutes on the Internal Revenue Service site. You'll receive a letter from the Internal Revenue Service a couple of weeks after applying for your EIN. Do not panic. It's simply a letter verifying your EIN and asking if you want to be dealt with as a various type of entity for tax functions, like a subchapter S-corporation. Ideally, you'll have already sought advice from with your tax advisor on this decision.
5. Register with the Nevada Department of Tax.
To apply for a service license, you should provide evidence that you're registered with the Nevada Department of Tax. You have to apply for a tax authorization, either a sales tax license or a consumer usage tax permit. With an usage tax permit, if you purchase goods for intake in your service (like office materials or equipment) without paying tax when you purchase them, you'll have to calculate the tax you would have paid had you purchased the items in Nevada and remit that quantity check over here to the state.
6. Do you need a fictitious company name?
A fictitious company name, or a DBA, is required if you're doing business in a name other than the one registered with the Secretary of State. If you're ABC, LLC however the name of your company is Adam's Weight Training and Cake Pastry shop, you'll require to submit a fictitious name type with Clark County.
If you have actually followed my blog at all and are STILL running as a sole proprietor (smacking you on the hand), you can be "Adam Charlie dba Adam's Weightlifting and Cake Pastry Shop."
7. Make an application for your city organisation licenses.
Registering with the tax department can be tricky, therefore can getting city business licenses. Initially, where is your organisation located? If you remain in the City of Henderson, you'll go to their licensing bureau. Same with Stone City. The City of North Las Vegas does not currently publish business license applications online. Rather, you must request an application for your particular company online.
What if you're in the City of Las Vegas? The lines that separate the City of Las Vegas from Clark County aren't anything close to straight and make no sensible sense. The Jurisdiction field will show you whether you require a license from the City of Las Vegas or Clark County.
Exactly what if your company is mobile? If you're a plumbing professional, carpet cleaner, mobile detailer or other company that services the whole valley, you'll need a license from every jurisdiction where you prepare to do business. Exactly what does "do organisation" imply? Anytime you are physically in another jurisdiction and accept payment for your items or services, you are doing service. For food trucks, mobile detailers, specialists, etc., this can be troublesome, time consuming, and expensive. I in some cases look out the window, envisioning a world in which you can make an application for all your licenses in one area with one application, but up until that day, be prepared to do some documentation.
The majority of jurisdictions will require you to fill out a Home Profession Authorization which requires you to acknowledge that you're either the owner of the home or someone enabled to do organisation there. If you live in a homeowner's association, be sure to inspect your CC&R s to make sure you can note your house address as an organisation.
The cost of your company license differs with the jurisdiction and the kind of organisation it is. Some businesses even require background checks and those licenses are normally even more pricey.
Don't forget that it's your entity that's requesting the service license, not you as a person. It's ABC, LLC using for the license, not Adam Charlie. It's extremely important that you remain consistent with your service name. Do not get lazy and end the LLC when noting your company name. On ALL official documents, you must list the whole name of your service, CONSISTING OF the entity. The entity becomes part of the official name of your business. Make certain you use it, otherwise you will create a snafu across companies that is a genuine task to untangle.