Business license?
Thread poster: Aida Mengistu

Aida Mengistu
Local time: 03:18
English to Amharic
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May 19, 2010

I just received a Translator Subcontractor Agreement that asks for my UBI (Unified Business Identifier) - which got me thinking: do I need a business license? So far I've been filing 1099s for my taxes but I'm wondering if I need to apply for a business license? Please share your thoughts.

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Kevin Fulton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 05:18
German to English
UBI = Washington State May 19, 2010

Depending on where you live in the US, you probably don't need a business license, DBA or similar. Some translators incorporate for tax purposes, but for the most part, single-shingle businesses like translation don't need licenses. But you do have to pay your taxes!

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Local time: 02:18
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Hello neighbor! :-) May 20, 2010

Greetings from Oregon!

I was curious and looked up the criteria for business licenses in WA. You will need one, I guess:

"Who needs a business license?

You need a license if you meet one or more of the following criteria:
Your business grosses $12,000 or more per year.
You are doing business using a name other than your full legal name.
You plan to hire employees within the next 90 days.
You sell a product or provide a service that is taxable. To find out more information about what products or services are taxable, Department of Revenue’s business tax guide can answer most of your questions, or call them at 1-800-647-7706."

However, whenever I am asked for any kind of business identification, I simply provide our FEIN (Federal Employer Identification Number) - the tax ID with the IRS.

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