I have finally gotten off the pot and went down to the tax collectors office to pick up my business tax receipt application. Upon reviewing it I see that I need to get an EIN first. I started the application but when I got to the question about describing my business I got confused.
I make various craft items to sell (handbags, home decor, and apparel). Does that make me a retailer or a manufacturer?
I can only choose one option.
Fellow craftsers, how did you know what to put on your application?
I want to get a business licenses (or business tax receipt as it is called in Florida) because it seams that you need one to buy things whole sale (fabric, t-shirt blanks, etc.). If I opened an Etsy shop I would need to collect sales tax, wouldn't the state get suspicious if I am paying them sales tax from a business that they have no record of.
If there are ways around this I am all ears (or eyes).
What do you do when the area that you live in does not allow ANY home based businesses?
I want to make crafts (handbags, t-shirts, home decor, etc...) out of my home to sell on-line and at craft fairs. There will be no extra traffic to my home, no noise, no tell tale signs that there is a business going on in my home.
Short of moving, I don't know what do do.
P.S. I live in Pasco County, Fl but not in one of the cities that have business licenses for home businesses.