Pennsylvania business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in Pennsylvania?

Disjointed. Confusing. Irrational. Those are just some of the ways that professionals describe the process of obtaining a business license in Pennsylvania (PA).

The normal challenges are magnified in The Keystone State by the simple variety of taxes that businesses are expected to pay. Some businesses pay a Business and Occupational Tax while others pay a Local Services Tax or an Earned Income Tax.

Making matters worse, these business licenses in PA are not always collected by the same authority within one jurisdiction. Sometimes entrepreneurs are expected to interact with a school district, a local tax collector, a third-party tax service, or any combination thereof. Without extensive research, there's no way to identify your specific Pennsylvania business license requirements.

State facts

  • Philadelphia, the state’s largest city, is home to Independence Hall where the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States’ Constitution were drafted.

  • On September 19, 1982, the first internet emoticon, the humble smiley, was invented at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh by Professor Dr. Scott Fahlman.

  • The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser was the nation’s first daily newspaper. It was published first on September 21, 1784.

State Rates

Pennsylvania sales tax rates updated monthly

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Learn more about business licenses

Connect with Avalara to learn more about the licenses your business may require.