business means taking time to complete the legal, regulatory, and
structural steps required to start a business. You will need to
familiarize yourself with the required business applications and
documents needed. Resources are available to provide guidance to you as
you research and plan for your business.
Decide the Legal Structure
tax and legal obligations are impacted by the legal structure of the
business entity. Speak with your legal advisor to determine the best
structure for your business. Click here to view common legal structures matrix.
Register Your Business Name
Registering your business name is legally required by the State of Georgia and is important to the branding of your business in the City of Savannah. When doing business in any name other than your personal name, it is important to register your “Doing Business As” (DBA) name with the appropriate authorities. Savannah businesses must register the business name with the State of Georgia Corporations Division and the Chatham County Superior Court Clerk’s Office.
Apply for Your Employer Identification Number
The Employer Identification Number (EIN) obtained through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is important to starting your business. The EIN is often referred to as an Employer Tax ID or as Form SS-4. The EIN is necessary for reporting taxes and other documents to the IRS and reporting information about your employees to state agencies.
Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) Online.
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