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Starting a(n) Travel Business Licenses & Tax IDs
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To start a travel agency business in Southport, Brunswick County, NC, there are several licenses and permits that you will need to obtain. Here are some of the most important ones:

Business License: You will need to obtain a general business license from the City of Southport to operate your tr..., ford.
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To start a travel agency business in Southport, Brunswick County, NC, there are several licenses and permits that you will need to obtain. Here are some of the most important ones:

Business License: You will need to obtain a general business license.

Sole Propr., Partnership, LLC, or "C," or "S," Corp. For example, an LLC treated as an "S" Corp. can save on taxes and has the most advantages over even a "C" corporation. S corporation If your LLC submits Form 2553 in time for the fiscal year you’re filing, the IRS treats you as an S corporation. S corporations are pass-through entities, meaning the business’s profit or loss gets reported by shareholders on their personal income tax returns. You must complete IRS Form 1120S to report your business’s income and expenses. Similar to partnerships, Schedule K-1 must be completed as part of Form 1120S to report each shareholder’s share of income. ?

Seller of Travel License: Travel agencies are required to obtain a Seller of Travel License from the North Carolina Department of Justice. This license is designed to protect consumers from fraudulent travel agencies.

Tax ID Number: You will need to obtain a Tax ID Number (also known as an Employer Identification Number or EIN).

Professional Licenses: Depending on the services you offer, you may need to obtain additional professional licenses. For example, if you plan to offer travel insurance, you may need to obtain a license from the North Carolina Department of Insurance.

As for the approximate cost of starting the business, it really depends on various factors, such as the size of the business, the services you offer, and the equipment and supplies you need. However, a rough estimate could be anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars.

Regarding equipment and supplies, you may need computers, printers, office furniture, and other basic office supplies. You may also need to purchase travel-related supplies such as brochures, maps, and travel guides.

In terms of insurance, you will need to obtain liability insurance to protect your business in case of any accidents or injuries. You may also want to consider obtaining errors and omissions insurance to protect your business from legal claims related to your services.

As for marketing, you may want to invest in a website, social media marketing, and advertising to promote your business. The cost of marketing can vary widely depending on the strategies you choose.

Regarding pricing of items, it's difficult to give an approximate mark up or down as it depends on the specific products and services you offer. However, it's important to research the market and competition to ensure that your pricing is competitive.

In terms of annual gross income, it really depends on the size of your business and the services you offer. However, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for travel agents in North Carolina was $40,680 in May 2020.

In terms of selecting the ownership structure, you may want to consult with a local attorney or business advisor to determine the best structure for your specific situation. The NAICS code for travel agencies is 561510.

As for funny business names, how about "Globe-trotting Gurus" or "The Wandering Wizards"?

Regarding buying items wholesale, you can contact suppliers directly or use online marketplaces such as Alibaba or Amazon Business to find wholesale suppliers.

The sales tax rate in North Carolina is currently 4.75%, but it can vary depending on the location and type of product or service.

As for pricing, it really depends on the specific services you offer. You may want to research the market and competition to determine a competitive pricing strategy.

If you have employees, you will need to obtain a Federal EIN and a State EIN (employer identification number). Whether you should form an LLC as an "S" Corp depends on various


From sole propr., IA LLC, IA partneship or IA Corp.: Each requires an entity certificate filing.


All Internet Business   businesses/entities need a business license and an EIN.


Selling/Buying wholesale or retail requires a IA   seller's permit.

You can choose to be a(n) :

  • Sole Proprietor,
  • LLC,
  • Corporation or
  • Partnership.
    After you decide and select your business entity, you need licensing.

Waterloo Business Tax Registration ( Business License)
All businesses including home, online or mobile BUSINESS need a BUSINESS license because they are BUSINESSES.

A(n) business doing business under an assumed business name in Black Hawk County i.e. you are a business that uses a DBA doing business as trade name to trade that is other than the full legal (first and last -- full name) name of a sole proprietor or a name other than the LLC or Corporation business name need a(n) assumed business name certificate.   E.g. you venture into a(n) business and you give it a trade name such as "Excellence & Associates". You will need to register an assumed business name certificate.

In IA you need a resale ID ( AKA seller's permit) if you selling touchable items.  (A.K.A state id, wholesale, resale, reseller certificate, about $39 for most states).
Seller's Permit

Note: All businesses need a federal tax ID number except sole proprietors that are not employers and are not independent contractors.
An independent contractor is a self employed business person that receives more than $600 per year from anyone of his or her clients.
IRS rule: The client must issue a 1099 form to the independent contractor and the independent contractor must have a federal tax ID. However, even sole owners may obtain a federal ID and use it as a business tax ID instead of using their own social security number as a business tax ID number.
However, all other licenses that apply to sole proprietors as discussed here are requited regardless of getting a federal tax ID number.

In addition you will need a federal and a state EIN if you will hire employees. I.e., a IA Federal Tax Id Number ($29)  and a(n) IA  State Employer Tax Number  

Instead of filing a fictitious business name DBA Filing (about $49 plus state and legal newspaper publication fees) in Waterloo, Incorporate in IA  or form a(n) IA LLC

Filing a DBA is not required if you will set up an LLC or form a Corporation. If you will do business under your first and last legal name you will not need to get a fictitious business name.
Also note that even using your first and last name may not help you avoid filing a DBA if the name has a suffix such as "& sons" etc.

If you do form an   llc or incorporate (about $49 plus state fees for most states) your business instead of just filing a fictitious business name (dba), that insurs that you don't have personal liability for debts and civile liabililty arising from your business dealings and you will not have to record the Waterloo business name. In lieu of recording a Black Hawk County trade company name (our filing service fee includes trade name registration and newspaper legal publication for 4 weeks) you can also form a corporation in IA or form an IA LLC (starts @ $49 plus state fee for most states & includes bylaws for the corporation and Limited Liability operating agreement for the LLC that is required to open a business bank account). .
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