Iowa business licenses

Your easy way to find Iowa business licenses

What should I know about business licenses in Iowa?

Beginning in 2010, Iowa has consistently rated as a top state for business owners and as one of the most affordable places to run an enterprise. Although Iowa is traditionally viewed as an agriculture state, it also boasts a diversified economy that includes many financial, biotechnology, and manufacturing services. 

A well-known, popular shopping outlet called the Williamsburg shopping center continues to flourish after 30 years and is now operating under new ownership with plans to expand its property due to Wisconsin's business-friendly economy.

Applications for Iowa business licenses involve registering with the state's small business department, providing information about the structure of your business, and getting a federal employer identification number (FEIN), if applicable. You will need this special identification number if you own a sole proprietorship with employees, if your business sells tobacco, firearms, and/or alcohol, or if you plan to run a partnership or corporation.

Obtaining a business license in Iowa is complicated and will no doubt take time away from getting your business ready to open. Let professionals submit the necessary documents and information for receiving an Iowa business license so you can concentrate on what matters... opening your business as soon as possible.

State facts

  • Iowa sets the record for the highest number of pigs in the USA. According to the Department of Agriculture, there were 73.5 million in June 2018. About 33.2 million piglets were born between March and May 2018. It was the highest number since 1970.

  • According to the United States Department of Agriculture, Iowa has more than 85,000 farms and the average farm size in Iowa in 2017 was 351 acres. The national average in 2017 was 444 acres. 92% of Iowa’s land is covered with farms.

  • The first bread slicing machine was invented in Iowa by Otto Frederick Rohwedder. The first automatically sliced loaves were produced on July 6, 1928.

State Rates

Iowa sales tax rates updated monthly

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