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Old 09-13-2011, 12:34 PM
PetersLawnService11 PetersLawnService11 is offline
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Confused in PA ..... Help Wanted !

OK, i'm looking to start a part time mowing/snow removal in PA. I have one full time potential customer I am meeting this week. Co-workers at my full time job said that I need to get a Fed tax ID , PA tax ID and insurance before I can even get started. Is this true ? I've been searching all morning and can't seem to find any info.

I just want to start with say 5 - 10 customers and see where it goes from there.

Any help would be greatly appreciated,

Mark
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:02 PM
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Your co worker is right
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:49 PM
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get registered with the state and that will take care of most tax issues, then get commercial vehicle insurance and a liability policy incase you **** something up
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Old 09-13-2011, 09:13 PM
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You'll need to license your company name as well. This is, unless your using your name i.e. Mark Johnson lawn care or etc...

I would go meet with the client and try to land them. For just mowing a few lawns, I would let the legal issues go for the remained of the season. What could you make for the rest of the season with 5 customers, $1500 or so.. I wouldn't go through all the hassle for just that little bit of time. Once you see if its for you, then you can work on the legal issues over the winter..
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:44 PM
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No such thing as part time snow plowing if you know what I mean. I would do all my home work this winter and hit it hard in the spring. I only sub my trucks out to another contractor now and hold no contracts of my own. Remember snow plowing lot are contracts and you better have a plan when one of your trucks craps out on you. Get the insurance start small and don't burn yourself out.

Good luck with that.
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Old 09-15-2011, 12:40 PM
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Thank you for the replies. When I say snow removal, i'm just sticking with sidewalks and driveways for now. No thoughts of putting a plow on my truck as of right now.

I have a decent govt job, just looking for a little extra cash on the side for right now unless something serious changes.
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Old 09-17-2011, 08:15 AM
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when i started this i contacted the state and they said unless i plan on charging sales tax there is no need for a state license, you can contact the federal gov't and get a EIN number, check with the county you live in and see if they require you to get a license through the county in which you live and also the township, definitely get liability insurance for you and the customers protection.
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Old 09-17-2011, 10:04 AM
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In PA, lawn services are taxable....It's not an optional thing. State of PA has a website to register for this.

First, you need to file/register for a fictitious name.

If your a sole proprietorship, your SS# is your Fed tax number.

These days everything you need to know is online.

In the 1980's when I started, they were not.
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In PA, lawn services are taxable....It's not an optional thing. State of PA has a website to register for this.

First, you need to file/register for a fictitious name.

If your a sole proprietorship, your SS# is your Fed tax number.

These days everything you need to know is online.

In the 1980's when I started, they were not.
Thank You, i'm glad someone knows what they are talking about as it seems the government workers don't.
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