After the first 30 days of operation, a new business has an additional 30 days to obtain a license. The fee for a business license is $15.00. Applications can be completed in the County Clerk’s office or by mail.
When applying for a business tax license or a minimal activity license, you must provide the following:
- Business name, business address, business telephone number
- Owner’s name(s), home address, home telephone number, social security number
- Copy of owner(s) driver’s license
- Signature of each owner
A minimal activity license is required for businesses with gross receipts between $3,000 to $100,000 during their fiscal year. Businesses obtaining a minimal activity license must renew their license on an annual basis; no annual report of gross receipts is required.
When a business closes or transfers ownership, the owner must close out that business license with the Tennessee Department of Revenue and any outstanding taxes must be paid in full. If this step has not been completed, the new owner can be liable for the outstanding taxes that were incurred by the previous owner.