Fri 10 Jun 2016 | By:

5 Things You Need to do After Incorporating in Vermont

Things You Need to do After Incorporating

Incorporating your Vermont small business must have been a lot of work. You had to go through many steps, submit a lot of documents and do all the tedious paperwork just to complete the process.

Now that your Vermont startup is legally registered, your responsibility doesn’t end here because there are still supplementary requirements that you must fulfill.

These supplementary requirements are not mandatory but they will help you a great deal if you complete all of them. To avoid any problems or issues with different government agencies in the future, you have to comply with all of them promptly. Good luck my friend!


1) Obtain An Employer Identification Number (EIN)

An Vermont Employer Identification Number (EIN) should be your number one priority when starting a business because it is used for a variety of purpose. From opening a business bank account, hiring employees to filing income tax returns and other business transactions an EIN is one of the most used requirement.

An EIN is a 9-series identification number similar to a social security number in individuals. It can be obtained free at the Internal Revenue Service. The latter requires you to get this because it is the agency’s way of monitoring your business taxes and activities.

Failure to obtain an EIN will have negative consequences such as penalties, sanctions and even the revocation of your entity status. Every business is required to comply with this requirement, even nonprofits.


2) Open A Business Bank Account

A business bank account is beneficial in many ways; it helps you keep track of your business finances better, it enables you not to mix personal and business money, it establishes your Vermont small business as a separate entity and it enables you to monitor business transactions because everything is recorded in real time. Most importantly, you can also accept checks and payments under your business.

While you’re opening a business bank account, you might want to process a business credit card as well. It will help you get on top of everything; tracking your expenses and transactions is easier because they are recorded in your credit history.


3) Get Your Business Licenses And Permits

It is a mandatory requirement to comply with business licenses and permits before you can operate a business in Vermont. By getting applicable licenses for your business, you adhere to the standards and requirements set by the state.

Business licenses vary from business to business, it will depend on the nature, the size and type of business you’re running (DBA, LLC, etc). Before you start complying, make sure that you  visit the local county office or city hall first to inquire.

Failure to comply will result in consequences such as large amounts of fines and heavy sanctions. Process this requirement once and for all to avoid future problems.


4) Consult A Tax Advisor

When starting a business, it is important that you understand tax regulations and obligations because state taxes are mandatory requirement in any state. To be able to know your responsibilities as well as possible tax advantages and benefits, you might want to consult a tax advisor to guide you.


5) Know What You Need To Stay Compliant

As a business owner, you have a lot of responsibilities on your plate. One of them is staying compliant for the entire lifetime of your business. There are documents that you have to obtain every year, licenses and permits to be renewed, state and federal taxes to pay and annual reports to submit.

By now, you already know how difficult it is to start a business in Vermont. Along with federal and state requirements during incorporation, you have to comply with the aforementioned additional requirements. Trust me, once you’re all done, everything will be worth it.

Before you complete all these requirements, make sure that you visit your local county or city hall for more information and instructions because they are executed by different agencies and departments. Annual reports and requirements must also be met to continue doing business in the state. Assistance is readily available in Vermont, all you have to do is inquire and seek help. After all these, you are now ready to launch your Vermont small business!

This articles is made for the sole purpose of giving you information/instruction on the supplementary requirements that you have to comply in order to officially start your business. It should not be considered a legal document or a replacement of legal advice.

About Ryan James

Half hardworking hermit, half avid adventurer, Ryan founded Startup Savant to simplify entrepreneurship and pay it forward by donating a portion of all revenue to support children's education via