Louisiana Business Licensing

How to Get a Business License in Louisiana:

  • If you plan to hire at least one employee, contact the Internal Revenue Service to get an Employer ID Number (EIN), and to request your w-4, SS-4, Circular E and Publication 334 forms.
  • Register your business entity online.
  • To find out what business license you need to operate in Louisiana, fill out the Business License Checklist (PDF).
  • Contact your city and county government for occupational licensing, specific zoning, permitting and other licensing regulations.

Louisiana State Sales Tax:

  • Louisiana state sales tax is 4%.
    • Political subdivisions may also have their own additional sales tax.
    • A consumer use tax of 8% applies for goods purchased out of state.

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