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Business License and Taxation Requirements

A business license is needed for each person, corporation, partnership, proprietorship, business association and any other similar organization that conducts an activity for profit, including an independent contractor or sole proprietor. A trade show or convention held in this state in which a business previously described takes part, or in which a person who conducts such a business attends, for a purpose related to the conduct of the business also needs a business license. Detailed information on taxation rates may be obtained at the Department of Taxation web page.

Nevada Department of Taxation
1550 College Parkway 
Carson City, Nevada 89706   
Phone (775) 684-2000                        Fax (775) 684-2020 
Reno Phone (775) 687-9999              Fax (775) 688-1303
Las Vegas Phone (702) 486-2300      Fax (702) 486-2373
Henderson Phone (702) 486-2300     Fax (702) 486-3377

State Business License

All businesses operating in Nevada must obtain a State Business License issued by the Secretary of State's office. Learn More.

Local Business License Offices

A local business license is required to operate a business in nearly all cities, most counties, and many other locations. This is in addition to the State Business License. Please contact the appropriate business license office to determine the specific licensing requirements. The Nevada Business Registration Form available from the Department of Taxation may be used to apply for a local business license as well.

City of Carlin     City of Elko City of Wells City of West Wendover
P.O. Box 787
101 S. 8th Street
Carlin, NV 89822
Phone:775.754.6354   
1751 College Ave.
Elko, NV 89801
Phone:775.777.7138  
   

P.O. Box 366
279 Clover Ave.
Wells, NV 89835
Phone:775.752.3120   
 
P.O. Box 2825
801 Alpine Street
W.Wendover, NV 89883
Phone: 775.664.3081

Employer Identification Number

Every partnership or corporation must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) to use as its taxpayer number. Sole proprietors must also have an EIN if they pay wages to one or more employees or if they are required to file any excise tax returns.

Internal Revenue Service Employer Identification Number
200 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 800.829.1040

Business Personal Property Declaration Form

Nevada tax laws require all persons, firms, or businesses owning, renting, leasing, or controlling business personal property to file a Business Personal Property Declaration Form. Please contact your city or county government office for more information.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

Every business that employs anyone must by law, obtain workers compensation insurance coverage unless that entity is certified by the Commissioner of Insurance as a self-insured employer.

Nevada Division of Industrial Relations
400 W. King St.
Carson City, NV 89703
Phone: 775.684.770

Nevada Unemployment Compensation Program

Any business that employs one or more workers is an "employing unit" and must register with the Nevada Unemployment Compensation Program. Registration is made by submitting a Nevada Business Registration Form to the employment security division as soon as workers are hired.

Employment Security Division
500 East Third Street
Carson City, NV 89713
Phone: 775.684.6300

I-9 Forms for New Employees

Every employer is required, within 72 hours of hiring a new employee, to maintain a completed, signed, witnessed, and dated I-9 Form for each employee.

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
USCIS Reno Field Office.
790 Sandhill Road
Reno, NV 89521
Phone: 800.375.5283

W-4 Forms

Every employee hired is to complete a W-4 Form so that the employer can withhold the proper amount of income tax from each paycheck. Any change in the employee's tax status requires a new form.

Internal Revenue Service
200 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89501
Phone: 800.829.1040

Nevada Labor Statutes

All employers must comply with Nevada's Labor Statutes and must post a sign explaining these laws at the place of business.

Office of the Labor Commissioner
675 Fairview Drive, Suite 226
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: (775) 687-4850
Fax: (775) 687-6409

Incorporating

Businesses interested in incorporating, along with non-Nevada businesses seeking permission to do business in Nevada, should register with the Secretary of State's Office. The Secretary of State's office handles commercial recordings (incorporation), securities, notaries, and election information.

Secretary of State
Capital Building
101 N. Carson St., Suite 3
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775.687.5203
Fax: 775.687.3471

Zoning Offices

The applicable city or county zoning ordinances should be checked to ensure that the desired location is zoned for the proposed type of business before buying or leasing property. For home-based businesses, please verify if a Home Occupation Permit will be required. Contact your local government office(s), or you may find the applicable zoning office(s) in the limited list above under Local Business License Offices.

Using a Fictitious Name

A fictitious name/dba certificate is required for all businesses that plan to use a name different than their legal or corporate name. It is best to check with the County Clerk's office where your business is located to determine if the fictitious name desired is available.