1. How to Register Your Business in Greenville County
2. Cost of Greenville County Business License
3. Registering Your Business With the State
4. Getting a Sales Tax Permit

How to Register Your Business in Greenville County

The official county website offers information about how to register for your business license. You will need to provide basic information about your business and indicate the industry in which you operate.

Many websites offer information about business licenses at the municipal level. To use this type of database, select the city or town where your business is located to find requirements for that specific location.

You should also investigate requirements that are specific to your industry. For example, if you're a baker, you may need a license from the health department to operate.

Cost of Greenville County Business License

The cost of the business license will vary depending on the type of business you have. Factors include:

  • Geographic service regions
  • Industry
  • Activities
  • Miscellaneous

Registering Your Business With the State

Visit SCBOS.com to register your business with the state. This must be done before registering at the county level. Steps you'll need to take include:

  • Signing up for an employer identification number (EIN) with the IRS at irs.gov
  • Obtaining occupational permits through the South Carolina Department of License, Labor, and Regulation
  • Getting necessary health and environmental permits through the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program
  • Obtaining certification through the South Carolina Department of Transportation for business vehicles
  • Seeking certification as a state minority or women-owned business

Getting a Sales Tax Permit

If you sell tangible goods in South Carolina, you need to have a sales tax permit for each of your business locations. This is also known as a retail license. You do not need a separate tax registration since you are able to remit tax using the retail license.

You can register for a sales tax permit online using the state's My DORWAY Service. Use Form SCTC-111. You can also mail your application to the South Carolina Department of Revenue, Registration Unit, Columbia, South Carolina, 29214-0140.

If you prefer to apply in person, you can visit one of their service center locations. They are located in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, and Rock Hill.

The application will ask for the name of all company owners, the physical business location, type of business, type of entity, mailing address, and the names of all officers and members.

You must also include the fee of $50 along with any other required fees as dictated by the Department of Revenue. You will receive your sales tax permit within a few days if you apply online and within one to two weeks if you apply through the mail.

You do not need to renew your sales tax permit as long as you remain the owner at the original location. You must provide updated information if your business location changes. A separate business in a new location will require a new permit.

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