Starting a Business in Utah: First Steps

by Norris Law Group on August 29, 2014

Starting a Business in Utah: First StepsIn 2013, Utah was named by Forbes Magazine as the “Best State for Business.” Utah is indeed very friendly to and supportive of new and existing businesses. But, even so, there are some tasks that nearly all businesses in Utah must accomplish in order to “set up shop” in Utah. The Utah State Tax Commission outlines these tasks on page 1-5 of their online guide titled Doing Business in Utah.

  1. Businesses that want to incorporate in the state must file Articles or Certificates of Incorporation.
  2. Register the business name with the Utah Department of Commerce.
  3. Get a Federal Employer ID Number (EIN) from the IRS.
  4. Apply for any necessary licenses from the Utah State Tax Commission.
  5. Apply for Unemployment Insurance with the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
  6. Contact your local city and county government offices to find out about any zoning requirements.
  7. Obtain any necessary city or county business licenses.
  8. Contact the Utah Department of Commerce to see if you need any special state licenses for your business. For example, restaurants, contractors, and accountants need state licenses in order to operate legally in Utah.

You may be able to accomplish many of these tasks at Utah’s OneStop Online Business Registration website. A skilled Utah business attorney can help you as well.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County, UT and throughout Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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