Are business licenses required?
Thread poster: xxxGene Brode

xxxGene Brode
United States
Local time: 10:15
Spanish to English
Nov 26, 2010

Does anyone know if freelancers must register as a business and get a license before providing translation services here in the US? I tutor on the side and claim it on my taxes, but I don't have a "license."

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
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Never heard of it Nov 26, 2010

I've never heard of such a requirement; however there are 50 states and countless localities, so who knows? Your best bet is not to worry about such matters unless it comes to your attention that there may be some requirement to fulfill where you are established.

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Paul Merriam  Identity Verified
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Varies Nov 26, 2010

Such requirements are usually local and they vary from one place to another. In Fairfax, Virginia, where I live, there is a requirement to have a business license if your annual gross revenues are over USD 10,000. (This applies regardless of the type of business.) I'd recommend running "business license [name of city] [name of county] [name of state]" (not in quotes) through your favorite search engine and see what you get. If there's a chamber of commerce where you live, they probably know.

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xxxGene Brode
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I'll check that Nov 26, 2010

Thanks, I will look into that. BTW I'm a Fairfax native, now living in Ohio. Tell everyone hi for me...

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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Ask your tax accountant Nov 27, 2010

In Oregon a small business needs a business license if the company's income exceeds $25,000 per year, for example. The license itself costs $220 per year.

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Ibuesa  Identity Verified
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Depends on your location Dec 10, 2010

Hi all,

As far as I know, it depends on where you are located.

In my case, I had to apply for a business license and a Fictitious Business Name even if I work as self-employed.

There is more information on this site:

http://www.business.gov/register/licenses-and-permits/


I hope that helps.

Irene


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