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To register as a business or not?

 
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Oct 23, 2011 10:59 |  #16

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In California it depends on the city. Sales tax is always a requirement but registering your business is not always required.

How does the law allow you to collect sales taxes without being registered as a business?

Added: Well, doing a couple of minutes of Googling, I found this page:

http://www.taxes.ca.go​v/Sales_and_Use_Tax/in​dex.shtml (external link)

California seems to have a "Seller's Permit" thingy that doesn't seem to be an actual business registration, especially if you get a temporary seller's permit.

I suspect somewhere in that law is a point that having a seller's permit isn't sufficient for what is actually a real business.


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Oct 23, 2011 11:38 |  #17

Op was asking about registering as an LLC.
In some areas you are required to register your business with the city some you are not. But, you are required to have a sales permit and Pay sales tax in the state. That does not define you either as a business or a hobbyist.
I lived in an area that did not require a license unless you had a brick and mortar that customers would visit. In the eyes of the federal government I was still a business.
Some cities require a sales permit and sales tax collection if you want to have a yard sale at a swap meet.


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Oct 23, 2011 12:23 as a reply to  @ Jimconnerphoto's post |  #18

Keep in mind that the equipment you use for making money (aka a business) most likely won't be covered by your homeowners policy. They usually specify personal use only. So if your camera disappears on this job you'll be SOL.

Then there's liability insurance....


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Oct 23, 2011 12:26 |  #19

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So this started as a hobby then I put stuff on Smugmug, couple of people bought etc. etc. After 4-5 months later a local store offered me an assignment. Which is photos of their athletes at couple of races and some photoshoots in the store. We agreed on time, pricing etc. Ofcourse like every business they want an invoice from me. Now what? I only made sales through SmugMug and this is a first for me. A friend of mine who is a little bit more into the "business" aspect of it doing Wedding Photography (he does also have a day job and doing photography in his free time) and he is trying to convince me register as a business.
Does it worth all the hassle to register as a business? Or should I just provide them an invoice?

To the OP: We don't know what state you're in, so we have no way to give you any worthwhile information. As you can see from the discussion so far, states vary immensely.

California appears to have a variety of local requirements. In my state, if you sell things at a retail level without being registered as a business, and you may find yourself wearing an orange jumpsuit.

You will have to check out your own state--it shouldn't take more than five minutes of Googling to determine the basic requirements you're under in your state.


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