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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Legal issues

September 15, 2010
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I have heard it only costs approximately $45 to get a business license to do commercial office cleaning. I have also heard it is not needed in certain states, but it also helps to prevent auditing from the IRS. Can you shed some light on the importance of obtaining a business license for office cleaning? Is it needed? Also, what are the costs as I have heard from $45 to $300 plus. Where should someone go specifically if they want to obtain a license?
The answer:
Answer #1:
As an entrepreneur, you should have a business license regardless of the cost. You certainly need a business license to open a business checking/banking account, and it legitimizes you and your business in the eyes of your customers, tax board (local, state, and federal), and other regulatory agencies. In fact, you often have to provide a copy of your license when bidding on jobs, so I hope this information encourages you to acquire a business license.
Perry S. Shimanoff, ICAN Consultant
Answer #2:
Let’s make this as simple as possible. Perry, who lives in California, has business license requirements by the score. You, however... — Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX Editor
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