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business license

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Lawnmowingperson, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Lawnmowingperson

    Lawnmowingperson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Do I have to have a business license to mow lawns?
  2. chip25521

    chip25521 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    In my county I have to have a business license ($15) if I make more then $3000 a year. In Tennessee there is no sales tax on lawn mowing because it's a service, so I don't have to turn anything in. I just have to have a business license to have it and to my taxes.
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  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    The best place to ask is at your city, county or state government. Every place is different. I am not required to have one.
  4. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    location, location, location
  5. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,613

    where i live it's required if you work within city limits. if you work outside the city limits only it's not required. so basically if you have one yard to cut that's in the city limits you need one. :laugh:
  6. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    The part of the state I live in my county requires you to register the business and get a home improvement contractors license. Then who knows about NYC, and upstate? Then there is sales tax.

    Start with your county gov to see if they have a consumer affairs dept.
  7. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    The wording you used, looks like if you don't NEED a license then you won't get one. What are you planning for gl insurance?
  8. BOSS LAWN 2343

    BOSS LAWN 2343 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    We are not required to have a license up here but, my customers would appreciate it if they know they are hiring a legit/legal company. Not some guy that wont be there after money is exchanged.
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    just because you don't have a license doesn't mean your not legit. only if your location requires it and you don't have it.

    my location only requires a license to put down fert and weed aps.

    no license for me since I don't do fert......:waving:
  10. WheatBookkeeping

    WheatBookkeeping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 108

    If you are required to pay for a business license, make sure your bookkeeper knows if the license is an annual fee or a one-time long-term fee that you, as the proprietor, own. It makes a difference on how it’s shown on your books.

    If you own the license, and it’s transferable, it’s an asset. It should be depreciated over the life of the license. If the license fee is for an annual period or shorter, its an expense and should be booked as such.

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