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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.

United States of America




New York

New York City








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.

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