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Tax Information for Businesses

If you run a small business or are self-employed, the IRS web site offers a wide variety of information to help you. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html

Checklist for Starting a Business

This checklist provides the basic steps you should follow to start a business. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98810,00.html

Business Structure

When beginning a business, you must decide what structure to use. Legal and tax considerations enter into this decision. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98359,00.html

Employer ID Number

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a federal tax identification number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98350,00.html

Employee vs. Independent Contractor

Before you can determine how to treat payments you make for services, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing the services http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=99921,00.html

Industries and Professions Index Page

Specific tax information for Agriculture, Automotive, Child Care, Construction, Cosmetology, Entertainment, Fishing, Gaming, Gas Retailers, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Restaurants, Tax Professionals, and other industries. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/industries/index.html

Tax Information for International Businesses

This section provides information on international taxes.
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/international/index.html

Tax Information for Tax Professionals

This section provides information for tax practitioners and other tax professionals.
http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/index.html

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