Determine a Business Structure

All businesses must have a legal identity. Many factors must be considered when choosing the best form of business ownership. This SBA website provides an over- view of your options. http://www.sba.gov

If  you choose to register as a sole proprietor,  your business name must be on file with each county clerk ‘s office.  Register at:

County Clerk websites surrounding Austin:

Travis: http://www.co.travis.tx.us/ 512-854-9188

Williamson: http://www.wilco.org

Hays:   http://www.co.hays.tx.us/ 

Burnet: www.burnetcountytexas.org

Bell: www.bellcountytx.com

County Clerk websites surrounding San Antonio:

Bexar:  http://www.co.bexar.tx.us/

Comal: http://www.co.comal.tx.us/

Guadalupe: http://www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/

To register as a corporation apply to the Secretary of State.

http://www.sos.state.tx.us   /  Phone: 512-463-5555

For legal advice contact the Austin Lawyer Referral Service

http://www.austinlrs.com /  Phone: 512-472-8303

Or American Bar Association Network www.abanet.org/legalservices

The IRS has a number of small business products and forms you may order online:   http://www.irs.gov   / Phone:  512-499-5127    1-800-829-1040

Federal Unemployment tax is part of a federal and state program under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). You report and pay FUTA tax separately from your social security and Medicare taxes and withheld tax.

Personnel/Hiring

Texas Workforce Commission Personnel Policies is excellent resource:

http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/efte/table_of_contents-az.html

Use this document to classify your employee:

http://dol.gov/whd/workers/misclassification/