Do you know if your city by-laws require you to have a business license?

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Do you know if or whether or not your city by-laws for home business requires you to have a business license? Some city hall staffer might be trolling the web for people like you who think you can do a home business without paying the fee.
I did not know this until I got a letter saying that I have been doing home business without a valid business license.
I complained asking clarification and was told that such a venture, even though there is no inventory, no door sales, no parking, no employees but it produced financial gain, I was subject to paying the fee. I still think it's wrong and would like to know how to meet that challenge legally and intelligently.
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You would have to know the specific by-law of your city.
To challenge it legally would require advice from a lawyer I would think.
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Every country,state or province,county or parish and city will have their own laws...It is on you as a business owner to find out what you need to know.Please do not waste your time fighting things that are just part of doing business...Trust me you will not win and if by some miracle you did you will have given a lawyer enough money to have paid for a business license for the next 500 years
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KanThaiDecor

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Sadly it is true...Govt always has the means to win wars of attrition in court...Even when you win you lose 99% of the time.
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The annual license in our town is $50. It doesn't matter if it's a retail store with a parking lot and hundreds of customers a day or just me taking online orders and packing goods to ship.

btw, they find you not only on the web, but also in the phone book, any other ads and listings you may be on or even word of mouth.
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Remember it is always illegal to hide your income from government, in USA. I am In VA and I have my license to, I do home business.