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Business Licenses: Federal & State Links
Federal Regulations and Resources
Hiring Employees - IRS Requirements
There are several federal and state requirements to meet if you plan to
hire employees. You file a form SS-04 with the Internal Revenue Service, and the
IRS will assign an employer identification number to your business. You will
then be liable for Federal withholding taxes and FICA. The toll-free number to
order the SS-04 is 1-800-829-FORM(3676).
Federal Resource List
Internal Revenue Service: 1-800-829-4477
IRS Toll-Free Forms: 1-800-829-FORM (3676)
Social Security Administration: 1-800-772-1213
Report W2 information for employees, verify employee Social Security numbers,
and much more online at
State Regulations and Resources
Retail licenses are required by some businesses and are issued by the SC
Department of Revenue. There is a branch office in Greenville and they may be
contacted at (864) 241-1200 for information on these and other State required
licenses and permits.
Restaurant, grocery stores, or other businesses that handle food must obtain the
approval health department prior to operation. If any alcohol is served, an ABC
Permit is required by law. Many professions and contractors must also be
licensed by the State of South Carolina, and to work in Greenville contractors
must obtain a SC State Contractors or Home Builder's license prior to approval
for a city business license.
You may contact the State Contractors board at (803) 896-4834 (Residential) or
(803) 896-4686 (Commercial), for more information on State requirements.
State Resource List
SC Department of Revenue:
SC Department of Revenue ABC Permit:
Greenville County Health Department - Food Service Permit:
864-282-4100 (A local office of the SC Department of Health and
South Carolina Contractor Licensing Board - Contractor's License:
Residential: 803- 896-4696
Have more questions? Additional information can be found at MYSCGOV.