Licensing and permit requirements differ by business type. Here you can search for the license or permit you need, or access helpful guides applicable to all businesses as well as your specific business type. You can also find information on State and Federal regulations, incentives and city taxes.
All businesses must register for a Business Tax Account number from the Department of Revenue and obtain a Commercial Activity License from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The same application is used for both items and can be found here. Before registering for a tax account number, you should also determine which taxes affect…
Research on available business loans from city, state, and federal agencies.
Tax credits, grants and incentive programs could also add cash to the bottom line, and unlike loans, they don’t require repayment.
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.
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.
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.
The Business Income & Receipts Tax (BIRT) is based on both gross receipts and net income. Both parts must be ﬁled. This is a completely separate tax from the Net Profits Tax.
This website tool is intended to assist business owners start and run successful businesses in the City of Philadelphia. Most of the information you will need to comply with and understand business-related regulation in the City can be found right here. There are also sections related to business support services in the region.
Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will join Amplify Philly — a coalition of Philadelphia startups, corporations, musicians, and other partners — in Austin, Texas at the SXSW Interactive & Music Festival this March. The Amplify Philly initiative will promote Philadelphia as a hub for innovation, highlighting the companies, music, and technologies created…
If you are doing business with a name that is not your own, for example “Jane’s Gift Shop”, you must register the name with the state. The state of Pennsylvania does not require registration if you are operating the business under your own legal name. So, if you are John Doe and you’re opening the…
If your business has received a tax subsidy from the City of Philadelphia, you must self-report by May 1, 2017.
Get all the information on the various taxes that can apply to businesses in Philadelphia.
Jump Start Philly is designed to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs that create jobs to Philadelphia by exempting them from paying the Business Income and Receipts Tax, formerly the Business Privilege Tax, during the first two years of operations.