Wisconsin Business Licensing Center

Important Points:

  • Wisconsin does not issue a general business license. However, the state still regulates many types of occupations and businesses.

How to Get a Business License in Wisconsin:

  • 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 and apply for your Wisconsin business licenses using the State of Wisconsin Business License, Permit and Registration Services.
    • You can also use the Business Wizard to look up licensing, permitting and regulatory requirements and forms for your business.
  • Check with your local municipality about local business requirements.

Wisconsin State Sales Tax:

  • Wisconsin state sales tax is 5%,
    • Many counties have an additional sales tax of 0.5%.

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