General Permit and Licensing for a Business

If your business will sell tangible personal property or provide specific services in New York, the business is required to collect and remit New York State sales tax, usually on a quarterly basis. Collecting sales tax is legally done through a Certificate of Authority, which should be applied for 20 days before you begin conducting business. If you listed several places of business on your application, the Tax Department will provide you with a separate Certificate of Authority for each location.

A Federal Employer Identification Number is also issued for tax purposes. You may apply for one online

NYS requires all employers to provide:

  • Unemployment Insurance an employer who begins hiring employees to work in New York is required to notify the NYS Department of Labor promptly to determine their appropriate tax status.
  • Workers’ Compensation Insurance provides protection to the employer from liability in the event of an on-the-job injury resulting in employee disability or death and to provide monetary relief and medical benefits to the injured worker.
  • Disability Benefits Insurance— provides for the payment of cash benefits to employees who become disabled because of injuries or sickness that have no connection to their employment, and from disabilities arising from pregnancies.

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • We have compiled a Resource Guide detailing programs to assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out application and all other client services will be done remotely via telephone. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable and wash your hands.


Queens Together

Fuel the Front Lines is an initiative of Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Queens Together, Queens Night Market and the QEDC to help to meet the needs of front line healthcare workers, other emergency responders, and Queens communities in need through partnerships with local independent restaurants and food businesses. We will fill the urgent need for nourishment while at the same time providing a lifeline to the small businesses that define our neighborhoods. Make your tax-deductible contribution and help us deliver good food made with love by workers in Queens, for people in Queens.