Iowa Business Licensing

Important Points:

  • Iowa does not have a single, comprehensive business license or permit that will satisfy the regulation requirements for all businesses.
    • Compliance requirements are based on specific activities and operations of your business.
  • All businesses in Iowa, however, are subject to regulatory requirements by state agencies.

How to Get a Business License in Iowa:

  • If you plan to hire at least one employee, contact the Internal Revenue Service to get a Federal Employer’s Identification Number, and to request your w-4, SS-4, Circular E and Publication 334 forms.
  • Register your business entity with the Secretary of State.
  • To see the licensing requirements and instructions for different business types, conduct a business license search.
  • Contact your city and county government for specific zoning, permitting, and licensing regulations.

Iowa State Sales Tax:

  • Iowa state sales tax is 5%.
    • Iowa also collects corresponding use tax on out-of-sate purchases
    • Local option tax also may apply.
    • Find additional sales tax information here.

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