Tennessee business licenses

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What should I know about business licenses in Tennessee?

Obtaining business licenses in Tennessee poses a couple of unique challenges – the rules are often arbitrary, physical locations don't always determine the need for a business license, and some businesses need the same license at both the county and city levels.

Business Licenses, LLC recently had one customer opening a mobile food truck in Tennessee. He had already established his home office in his personal residence (that's 1 business license), and in Tennessee it was necessary for him to also obtain the same license at the county level (that's 2 business licenses). Since his truck would periodically serve food in a nearby city, he needed to obtain a license there as well (that's 3 business licenses). Finally, that business license required a duplicate with the county, too (that's 4 business licenses). And that's all for 1 business in Tennessee with 1 physical location.

State facts

  • The Grand Ole Opry holds the title as the longest radio show in U.S. history.

  • Nashville hosts Tin Pan South, the largest songwriter’s festival in the world.

  • Farmland covers about 44% of the state of Tennessee. Soybeans are the state’s number one agricultural commodity and are planted on more acres than any other row crop in the state.

State Rates

Tennessee 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.