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Operating a Business? Don’t Forget Your Licenses!

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Operating a business? Hiring employees? Selling liquor? If your company would answer yes to any of these questions, then you should be in compliance when it comes to your business licenses.

Business licenses range from health and safety related paperwork to general business licenses that are required for you to run your business at the state, county, and local levels. The extent of business licenses that apply depends on the nature of your business, but just about every business has licensing requirements of some kind.

Falling out of compliance when it comes to business licenses isn’t just a financial cost.  Failing to have the proper business license can put your business’ reputation on the line. Avoid putting your business in a risky situation by staying up to date.

This webinar will teach you best practices to get compliant and stay compliant for business licenses across the United States so that nothing slips through the cracks. It will dive into the enforcement of business licenses, so you’ll know what could happen to your business if something goes awry.

Who should attend?

This webinar is intended for financial and operations personnel—including tax, general accounting, accounts payable, sales, tax technology, purchasing and credit—who deal with business licenses as part of their responsibilities. The webinar is also intended for those involved in the running of a business. The course is also designed for general practitioners, with minimal to no experience.

About the Instructor

Alan Ruttenberg is the Senior Product Marketing Manager for Business Licenses at Avalara. In this position, he is responsible for GTM strategy for business license products. Alan has been working with business licenses since 2013

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About the Instructor

Diane L. Yetter, President & Founder, YETTER and Sales Tax Institute

Diane L. Yetter is the “Sales Tax Nerd TM” as well as a strategist, advisor, speaker and author in the field of sales and use tax. She is president and founder of YETTER Tax, a sales tax consulting and tax technology firm in business since 1996. She is also the founder of The Sales Tax Institute, which offers live and online courses to educate business professionals about sales and use tax.

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Additional Details about the "Operating a Business? Don’t Forget Your Licenses!" Webinar

While business licenses are not the same as sales tax, they are often assigned to the sales tax department. Business licenses are administered by a state or local authority and can be based on a variety of measurements including sales into the jurisdiction. When we talk about business licenses, we are referring to any type of license or permit that government entities require of businesses in order to conduct business in that location.

Like sales tax, it comes with a lot of detail-oriented paperwork, forms, dates, and other tedious tasks that come with business license responsibilities.

This webinar will address the processes companies should have in place for dealing with business licenses, from start to finish. The webinar will start off with teaching you what types of businesses are required to have business licenses and when businesses are required to get them. Then we will dive into the compliance process including how to file, when to file, and how to find the information you need from states. The webinar will conclude by informing you about liabilities and enforcement for business licenses.

Your Teaching Staff 

This 90-minute live webinar is taught by Alan Ruttenberg. Alan is the Senior Product Marketing Manager specializing in Business Licenses at Avalara. In this role, he is responsible for the go to market strategy for business license products. With almost 10 years of experience working with business licenses, Alan brings many experiences and expert advice to help companies manage their requirements. He will be joined by Diane Yetter of the Sales Tax Institute who will be moderating the webinar and inputting her comments as an expert in the field of sales tax working with thousands of businesses.

During the live Q&A portion of the webinar, you can get answers to your specific sales tax questions directly from Alan and Diane.

Learning Objectives for this webinar include: 

  • Understanding exactly what a business license is and what it means for the person in charge of filing.
  • Learning what level of tax authorities require business licenses, from local to state to federal entities.
  • Finding out the common concepts including who is required to have business licenses and when they are required to get them.
  • Uncovering the common exclusions for businesses to avoid dealing with unnecessary forms.
  • Getting details on the different types of license fees related to business licenses including flat fees, gross receipts, and other measurement basis.
  • Outlining the secrets to compliance including filing frequencies, how to file, where to get help, and the realistic burden on your business.
  • Learning the renewal process for business licenses so your business doesn’t accidentally become non-compliant.
  • Finding out how business licenses are enforced and what can happen if your business does not comply.

CPE Information:
Webinar attendees can earn 1.5 hours of CPE credit in the “Taxes” field of study

Prerequisites: This course requires no prerequisites or advance preparation.

Program Level: Basic

Delivery Method: Group Internet-Based


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