Where can I find help in getting the right permits and
licenses in order to start or expand my business?
You should contact the Online business permit database which was created to help grow private-sector jobs and businesses in New York State by making regulations more sensible and the Permitting process more efficient. The database can provide guidance in identifying and obtaining the right business permits or licenses that are required by New York State.
How can I find out if I need to register my business or
corporation with New York State?
To determine whether you need to register your business or corporation in New York, you need to contact the New York State Department of State.
For answers to frequently asked questions, access to forms and information about fees, refer to the section on "Corporations" under the heading "Business and Licensing Services."
New York’s Business Corporation Law, Article 13, outlines the requirements for a foreign corporation to do business in New York. Generally, most foreign or non-New York State based corporations must register with the Department of State and obtain a "Certificate of Authority."
How do I go about establishing a sole proprietorship?
To establish a sole proprietorship you must file an Assumed Name Certificate with the clerk of the county or counties in which the business is conducted ONLY IF you are operating under a name other than the proprietor’s (no formation document is required).
For the purposes of taxation, business income is reported and taxed through the sole proprietor’s personal tax return.
You may access additional information from the New York State Department of State and the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.
Where would I find information about state and local
business requirements as well as possible financial
assistance and other services?
Empire State Development (ESD) is the "one-stop shop" for economic development resources. ESD’s 10 strategically located offices around the State is staffed with experienced project managers and personnel who provide a wide-range of support services, information and other resources to guide and assist businesses seeking to grow and expand in New York State.
Call (800) STATE-NY or contact your local ESD Regional Office.
How do I gain access to employment listings for job seekers
and employers as well as employment statistics for New York
Visit the New York State Department of Labor where you will find a host of employment-related information.
Questions relating to job searches and or job training can also be directed to the Department of Labor.
Who should I contact to get answers to my questions about personal or business taxes?
Questions concerning taxes can best be answered by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, which offers telephone assistance from 8:30 a.m. to 4:25 p.m., Monday through Friday.
General Tax Information: For information or answers to your New York State tax questions, call toll free: (800) 225-5829.
Ordering Forms: For forms and publications, call toll free: (800) 462-8100.
Business Tax Information Center: For information or forms for Withholding, Sales, Corporation, Truck Mileage, Motor Fuel, Petroleum Business, Alcohol, Cigarette, Tobacco, Beverage Container or Hazardous Waste Tax and the International Fuel Tax Agreement, call toll free: (800) 972-1233.
To Receive Forms by Fax (Fax-on-Demand Forms Ordering System): From a touch-tone phone, call toll free from the United States and Canada: (800) 748-3676, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most forms are available. A fax code is used to identify each form. An index of fax forms and their codes is available via fax and can also be viewed on their web site.