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Phase one: Business Development
You have your idea, now it’s time to write it down in a business plan! Write a comprehensive outline of how you plan to run your business. This is a key step in your business’ development. We understand this can be a daunting task, so we’ve provided some resources to help you get started!
Decide upon your business structure – sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, corporation, or PA S corporation. Once you have determined a structure, you may want to contact a local attorney for assistance.
Determine if you must register your fictitious name with the Pennsylvania Department of State. A fictitious name is any assumed name, style, or designation other than the proper name of the person and/or entity using the name. Contact the Pennsylvania Department of State at (717) 787-1057 for additional information. Registration of a fictitious name can be completed online www.dos.pa.gov
Every employer subject to employment taxes is required to obtain an employer identification number to identify his or her business with the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration. Application for a federal EIN can be filed by telephone, fax, or mail. The appropriate form can be downloaded from the IRS website, www.irs.gov.
Determine whether you are liable for the state unemployment compensation tax. If you employ one or more persons, you may be liable for the state unemployment compensation tax and must register with the Bureau of Employer Tax Operations by completing a Pennsylvania Enterprise Registration Form and Instruction (PA-100). You will also need to determine any required registration for local taxes and all applicable state tax liabilities.
Lancaster Bureau of Employer Operations Field Accounting Service OfficeAnswers general questions on taxation. (717) 299-7606
You will need to obtain workers’ compensation insurance coverage for your employees. In Pennsylvania, workers’ compensation insurance coverage is required if a person, company, or corporation has any full or part-time employees. This includes family members, one-person corporations, and corporate officers.