Minnesota State Business License

Important Points:

  • Certain types of business, such as commercial building contractors, may require local licensing. Contact your city clerk for more information on requirements and registration.

How to Get a Business License in Minnesota:

  • If you plan to hire at least one employee, contact 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 with the Minnesota Secretary of State.
  • Check the state licensing requirements and apply for your Minnesota business license online.
  • Contact your city and county government for specific zoning, permitting and licensing regulations.

Minnesota State Sales Tax:

  • Minnesota state sales tax is 6.5% on most items
    • Local sales tax may apply. For sales and use tax updates click here.
    • Minnesota also has a use tax on items purchased elsewhere but used within the state.

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