Local governments handle new business registration differently. Most new businesses must register for a business name, business permits, and business taxes.
- A fictitious business name is a legal alias. If your name is John Doe, you may only legally do business as John Doe. Registering a fictitious business name allows you to create a legal name to do business.
- Many local governments require business to file for any of a range of business permits: sellers permit, business license, resellers permit, etc.
- Business taxes are special taxes that are separate from the business owners' personal income tax.
Use the following location-specific resources to find the information you need to register your business.
- Texas Secretary of State
- Official Texas Economic Development Corporation
- State and local sales taxes are collected by Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
- The Texas Workforce Commission collects all unemployment taxes for workers employed in Texas
- Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR)
If your country isn't listed here, check DoingBusiness.Org. It's an excellent resource for finding business registration information on a country-by-country basis. You'll still need to check for municipal regulations, but it's a good start.