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Topic: Is a Seller's Permit/Resale License necessary? HELP PLEASE!!  (Read 1842 times)
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« on: July 11, 2005 03:36:48 PM »

Hello all, I need some advice:

I'm starting up my own crafty business so I don't know much about the whole process but I'm slowly and painfuly feeling my way through. I'm planning on running it on 2 fronts: the internet and at stores/craft fairs and have started both of those processes. (I'm working on putting up a website, I've talked to a few stores where I could sell on consignment, and I'm researching craft fairs in my area.) And as my business is progressing I keep worrying more and more if I'm tromping into dangerous legal territory. Do I have to have a permit in order to sell handmade and reconstructed clothes and accessories? If so, what kind and how do I go about doing it. I live in California so sales tax is a big monster that I'm not sure I want to deal with. I'd rather just go about selling my things without a care about what the government thinks but I don't want to put myself in danger of being fined or sued or something!  Shocked  I'm pretty sure I'm being over-paranoid at this point, but I wanted to make sure just in case. So if any CA crafty entrepeneurs (or anyone who knows for sure) out there know what to do, I would really appreciate your help!! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2005 08:48:11 AM »

If you want to sell in a store, you'll need to have proper tax forms filed and get a business license. It's best to do it now, rather than have the tiny thought in your head all the time that you may be caught. If you get caught not paying taxes on a business, the fines and legal woes of that are insane.

It's better to just get it over with now and be legal. It's a pain to do, but the peace of mind that comes along with running your business legally, is  worth so much more than the hour or two it takes to fill out the forms.

good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2005 10:08:06 AM »

Its necessary for craft fairs too if you plan on doing that. Also, you can get wholesale supplies with it which is great.

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