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How can this website assist me with starting a business?
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What applications are available to apply for online through this website?
Can I download forms from this website?
How do I apply online for my license?
How do I apply online for a Certificate of Authority to Collect Sales Tax?
What is an OPAL ID?
How do I pay for required fees for my license?
What does "Save for Later" mean?
How do I resume processing my online application(s)?
Do I receive a confirmation of my online application(s)?
How do I view the status of my online application(s) submitted through OPAL?
What does the status of my online application mean?
How will I receive my license or permit after applying through OPAL?
How do I check the status of my online application(s) without an OPAL ID?
How can I withdraw, revise, or correct my online application(s)?
How can I print a copy of my online application?
How is my credit card billed for applying for a license through OPAL?
BUSINESS STRUCTURE AND NAME FILING
What are the different legal structures and the registration processes involved?
How can I see if the name I want to use for my business is available?
How can I find out about my tax obligations?
How do I get a Tax ID number?
How long does it take to obtain a sales tax ID number?
What are resale certificates?
PERMIT AND LICENSE INFORMATION
Do I need a permit or license for my business?
Can I apply online for my business permit?
How do I obtain my professional license?
How does an individual or business get bonded?
Do I need insurance to apply for a permit or license for my business?
Who can I contact for local licensing information?
What are my requirements and obligations to hire employees?
Is an employer ID number the same as a federal tax ID number?
How do I get an employer ID number (EIN)?
What are the requirements to hire a household employee or domestic worker (such as: housekeeper, nanny, caretaker)?
MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS INFORMATION
What to consider when purchasing an existing business?
Who can I contact to register a complaint about a business?
What do I have to do to get my business on a state bidders list?
How do I get certified as a minority or women-owned business (MWBE)?
What do I need to know about purchasing a franchise business?
What are the requirements for a foreign business to expand into New York State?
How can I protect my invention, product or idea?
OTHER SOURCES OF ASSISTANCE
Where else can I get assistance for starting a business?
What are some financial incentives (loans/grants) available to a business in New York State?
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