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If you have formed an LLC or a corporation you will need to obtain an Employer Identification Number from the IRS. As a sole proprietor you can use your social security number for tax purposes or obtain an EIN.

In addition, you need to register with your state’s Division of Revenue for tax purposes.

To request  Employer Identification Number (EIN) follow the IRS link below and click on APPLY ONLINE NOW link.

http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0%2C%2Cid%3D102767%2C00.html

EIN is used in opening a bank account, filing a tax return, etc.

After completing the online application, you will receive an EIN number immediately.

To register with NewJersey Division of Revenue for tax purposes, click on the link below -

https://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/treasury/revenue/dcr/reg/sos_dcrnew01_page1.cgi.

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This step is required for all legal entities except sole proprietorship. Since I have chosen the LLC legal structure then filing with the state is required. Before you can proceed with the actual filing there are a few decisions regarding the location of your business  and what state to file in that you need to make:

First you need to decide if you want to file in your own state or other states like Delware, Nevada, etc. It is best to discuss the different advantages or disadvantages with your accountant and lawyer. In my case, I have decided to file with my own state of New Jersey. I have also considered filing in New York but it is more expensive as there is a publishing requirement that can cost over $1,000 alone in Manhattan.

Second, you need to decide what is the address of your business. You may choose to use your home address or a mail box. To simplify the matter, I have decided to use my home address. 

You are now ready to file your LLC or corporation. It costs $125 in New Jersey and you can do it online. The link below will take you to the New Jersey Division of Revenue On-line Business Filing and Registration Service  – https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/dcr/filing/leadpg.htm.

For more information on forming an LLC in NJ visit http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-guide/new-jersey/forming-llc-new-jersey.

Congratulations!!! You have now completed the filing for your LLC.

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From the start, you will need to make a decision about the Business Entity type. There are multiple choices available and it is best to consult your attorney and accountant before making a decision as there are legal and tax implications.

For me the choice was between two options: 

1) Sole Proprietorship – it is easier to establish and there is less legal paperwork. However, you and your business are one and there is no separation between your assets and business assets.

2) Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) – there is more legal paperwork but it provides separation between your personal assets and business assets.

I have chosen to go with the LLC option as it was really important for me to separate between personal assets and business assets.

A good place to learn more about the different options is to visit the Small Business Administration (SBA) site at http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/start/chooseastructure/START_FORMS_OWNERSHIP.html.

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After you have chosen the name for your website, you are ready to choose the name for your business. This was an easy choice for me as I wanted the name of  the business to be the same as the name of the website. It doesn’t have to be that way and sometimes there are considerations for them not to be the same.

The next step is to verify that the name is available in your state.  Here is the link to check business name availability in the state of New Jersey – https://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/treasury/revenue/dcr/filing/page1.cgi. You will need to enter the name of the business and choose the type of the business entity (for example NJ Domestic Limited Liability Company or LLC). Even if you are not sure yet what business entity you can choose one of the options just to submit the name for verification. You then click on Submit Business Name button. It will take you to another screen and you will need to enter Business Designator (for Example LLC) and click on a Submit Business Name and Designator. If the business name is taken the system will notify you that the name is not available.

Once you confirmed that the business name is available you can proceed with other Legal steps.

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