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“Help Starting a Small Business In D.C.”


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“Dear PoPville,

I’m starting a new business in DC and I’m in need of some help with the process. I’ve registered the business as an LLC and I have received my IRS EIN number, however, when when I attempt to register with the DC tax office, the options they provide online don’t match the description of the business. Even with all of the tips provided online, it seems like the process is intentionally complicated and tricky and not made for the weary. I’d love some assistance and/or advice for anyone that’s gone through the process of registering with DC and obtaining the necessary business licenses to legally do business. I even contacted the small business office to set up a meeting to go in and get some help but their availability was limited. If it helps, my business is selling re-purposed and redesigned items for home decor, dining, and kitchen. I’d also love any recommendations anyone has for tax attorneys and certified accountants who have experience working with small businesses.”

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