Maine Business Licensing Center

Important Points:

  • A state business license is required for all types of business in Maine.
    • Licensing agencies are at the city level.
    • Certain professions and type of business need additional permits and licenses.

How to Get a Business License in Maine:

  • 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.
  • If you are operating a corporation, you need to register your business entity with State of Maine Bureau of Corporations.
  • Contact your city licensing office to obtain your Maine business license.
  • See if your business needs additional business licenses.
  • Contact your city and county government for specific zoning, permitting and licensing regulations.

Maine State Sales Tax:

  • Maine state sales tax is 5%.
    • There is also a 7% tax on lodging and prepared food and 10% tax on short-term auto rentals.
    • Some exemptions apply for different types of organizations, such as hospitals, schools, churches and libraries. Find a list of organizations that qualify for sales tax exemption.

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