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Fulfill Tax and License Requirements
Establish Your
Organization
Finance Your
Business
Tax and
Licenses
Grow and
Maintain

If you’re in the early stages of planning a business, find out what requirements exist and how to meet them. The list below offers helpful hints, explains how to complete tax forms and register the business name.

Complete the Combined Business Tax Registration for DC
Completing the FR-500 Combined Business Tax Registration satisfies the initial registration requirement for most DC taxes.
Choose a Business Location
Read important information about choosing a location for your business.
Register the Business Trade Name(s)
File to use a name other than the full legal name of the business.
Determine Whether Required to Apply for Basic Business License
The Basic Business License (BBL) Program groups licenses by the type of business activity and regulatory approvals required.

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