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Starting a Business in NJ

If you are planning to start a business in New Jersey, you must register the business with the State of New Jersey at least 15 business days prior to opening. This will enable the State of New Jersey to send you all of the forms and information necessary for you to comply with New Jersey tax laws.

The New Jersey Complete Business Registration Package contains an Application for Business Registration, Form NJ-REG, as well as applications for applying for Motor Fuel and Cigarette Licenses and the State of New Jersey New Hire Reporting Form. You will use your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or your Social Security Number on the application. It is important that you include this number on all returns, checks, and other correspondence that you send to the State of New Jersey. If you haven’t already obtained your FEIN, visit the IRS Web Site for information on completing Federal Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number.

If you have indicated on your Application for Business Registration that you will be collecting sales tax, remitting use tax, or using New Jersey Exemption Certificates, the State of New Jersey will send you a New Jersey Certificate of Authority for sales tax. This is your permit to collect sales tax, and to issue and receive exemption certificates. The New Jersey Certificate of Authority must be displayed at your place of business.

NEW! You can now register your business for taxes and employer contributions for unemployment and disability, on-line, without having to file paper registration forms with the State. Click the link to register online via the New Jersey Division of Revenue On-line Business Registration Service.

If the State of New Jersey determines that you will not have a tax liability to New Jersey, you will receive a letter advising you that your business does not need to be registered. If the nature of your business changes, or a tax responsibility develops, you should submit an amended Application for Business Registration. If you open additional locations for an existing business, you must register each new location with the State of New Jersey.

If you plan to incorporate your business, you must obtain a charter from the New Jersey Division of Revenue, Business Services Bureau. If your business is incorporated in another state, you must also request authorization to do business in New Jersey. You can contact the Division of Revenue, Business Services Bureau by calling 609-292-9292.

If you are buying an existing business, you must notify the State of New Jersey Bulk Sales Section at least ten days before the sale. For more information, please speak with one of our representatives by calling 609-292-6400.

Last Updated: Monday, 08/31/20