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Planning a Business


Ready to launch

Take stock before you set up shop. Find important information about how to create a business plan, understand our business regulations,
what taxes to expect, as well as discover city incentives for new entrepreneurs.

Getting Started

Philadelphia Business Regulations

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.

Overview of Business Income and Receipts Tax

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.

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.

Parts of a Business Plan

Whether you are starting a pizza shop or a plumbing business, a flower shop or a factory, you need a solid plan.

Deciding Your Ownership Structure

Learn about the different ownership structures - Sole proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC). They all have distinct tax implications.

Workforce Skills Training

Now that you have a business, you need reliable employees to support your growth and ease your workload. Take advantage of these resources that can help you recruit, train, and retain good workers.

Training, One-on-one Consulting, and Legal Resources from our Nonprofit Partners

Need help with business planning, workshops or other research? Check with some of our technical support providers.