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Professional Services Firm

Firms exist in many different industries including: lawyers, advertising professionals, architects, accountants, financial advisers, engineers, and consultants. They can be any organization or profession that offers customized, knowledge-based services to clients.

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Obtain a Business Income and Receipts Tax ID

Every individual, partnership, association and corporation doing business in Philadelphia must file a Business Income and Receipts Tax Return in whether or not they earned a profit during the preceding year. Rental activities are usually considered business activities.

Obtain an Activity License

An Activity License is required for all businesses and non-profits operating in Philadelphia. This includes businesses that are located outside the city limits but do some or all of their business activity in the City.

Obtain Federal Tax ID Number

Your Employer Identification Number (EIN) is a nine-digit number issued by the IRS to identify your business and the type of tax returns you file.

Employer Withholding Requirements

All Philadelphia employers must apply for a business tax account number from the City so you can begin withholding taxes.

Documents You May Need

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Pennsylvania Professional Licensing

Certain professionals and businesses require a license and state credential to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Handbill Distribution License

This license is required for any distributor, distribution business, or person, who distributes commercial handbills on sidewalks, in public places, or door-to-door.

Register a Trademark

While you are not required to register your mark, there are certain advantages to owning a federal Trademark registration.

Net Profits Tax

The Net Profits Tax (NPT) is levied on the net profits from the operation of a trade, business, profession, enterprise or other activity.

Sales and Use Tax

The City of Philadelphia imposes a Sales and Use tax.

Dumpster License - Public Right of Way

Dumpsters in the public right of way require an annual, renewable license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Dumpster License, Private

All private dumpsters required a lifetime license from the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Zoning and Use

The Philadelphia Zoning Code regulates development within the city. Zoning regulations govern land use, the height and size of buildings, population density, parking requirements, signage placement and the character of development on private property, and property uses.