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How do I register an online business with the ny state government??

I need to start a new online business . Need to register legally.

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Twinky, you should work with an entrepreneur or business accountant to make sure you set up the right business structure for your business. I'm more then happy to recommend one if you need. But this is something you want to make sure you set up right from the beginning. You could get your EIN number on your own via the IRS website link below but again, the accountant can do all this for you while setting up your right legal structure. Whether it's an online or brick and mortar business your legal structure can make or break your business.

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online

Cheers, Roxana

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Agree with Roxana that you should get dedicated advice about the legal, liability, and tax/reporting implications (from lawyer, CPA, etc) before formalizing your business for New York. There are matters/sensitivities to STRUCTURE (type of business as in Corp, LLC, etc) as well as OPERATION (type of activities as in commerce - sales tax collection, certain categories of services require licensure also) that will need to be decided and attended-to during setup. There is much information on the NY Dept of State website. Good for pre-research. Good for forms and filing, etc. Check here: https://www.dos.ny.gov/about/corps-licensing.html . I have also found that services like LegalZoom (https://www.legalzoom.com/) can be helpful to bridge smaller gaps between the NY state services/online forms...and a full-lawyer execution. Just be careful to get the big-issue legal and tax advice from dedicated experts. GOOD LUCK!

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