Starting a Business in Idaho Checklist

Check business name availability with the Idaho Secretary of State

Start by doing a search to see if your business name is available:
http://www.accessidaho.org/public/sos/corp/search.html

Idaho Secretary of State

Office of the Secretary of State
450 N 4th Street
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0080
P: (208) 334-2301
F: (208) 334-2080
sosinfo@sos.idaho.gov
http://www.sos.idaho.gov/corp/corindex.htm

File paperwork to form my business

You form a new business entity by filing the documents with the Idaho Secretary of the State To form a corporation, file a Certificate of Incorporation and pay the $100 filing fee. To form a Idaho LLC, file a Certificate of Organization and pay the $100 fee.

Include the following information in your filing:

- Business name and address

- Registered agent name and address

- Incorporator/organizer name and contact information

- Authorized share information (corporations only)

- Name and address of at least one member (LLCs only)

Normal processing takes 3-5 days. Processing can be completed within 8 business hours for an extra $20. Drop off, mail, or fax 2 copies of your paperwork to the Secretary of the State. If you fax file, make sure you include a credit card payment form, available on the States website.

If you’d prefer to have someone else complete your filing for you, you can incorporate in Idaho with Northwest Registered Agent.

Business Entities

Office of the Secretary of State
Business Entities
450 N 4th Street
PO Box 83720
Boise ID 83720-0080
P: (208) 334-2301
F: (208) 334-2080
sosinfo@sos.idaho.gov
http://www.sos.idaho.gov/corp/corindex.htm

Register with the Tax Commission

You can register online for the Tax Commission, Department of Labor, and Industrial Commission. https://labor.idaho.gov/ibrs/ibr.aspx?sAction=v

Income Tax:

The individual income tax rate ranges from 1.6% to 7.4%.

The corporate income tax rate is 7.4%.

Sales and Use Tax:

The state sales tax rate is 6%.

Idaho Tax Commission

Idaho State Tax Commission
PO Box 36
Boise ID 83722-0410
P: (208) 334-7660

Get a business license

There is no state business license but some businesses need a trade or professional license. You can enter your business information online to see what types of licenses you may need http://www.idahobizhelp.org/bizwiz.htm

Any other registration requirements?

Not all businesses need a city license. For example, Boise and Coeur D’Alene only license certain types of businesses. Check with the city where you do business to see if they have licensing requirements.

City of Boise

The city clerk provides a list of businesses that need a license: http://cityclerk.cityofboise.org/licensing/
If you do need a license, you can apply in person or by mail.

City of Caldwell

For license information and forms: http://city.cityofcaldwell.com/page/Forms/

City of Coeur d’Alene

Most businesses are licensed through the city clerk. For a list of permits and license along with specific contact info: http://www.cdaid.org/index.php/city-info/permits-and-licenses

City License Info

City of Boise

City Clerk’s Office
Mailing:
P.O. Box 500
Boise, ID 83701
Physical:
150 N Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

City of Caldwell

City Clerk’s Office
PO Box 1179
411 Blaine Street
Caldwell, ID

City of Coeur d’Alene

City Clerk’s Office
710 Mullan Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Collect and Charge Sales Tax

Do I need to collect sales tax?

You will need an Idaho sales tax permit if you sell, rent, or lease tangible personal property or provide certain services.

What is the Idaho sales tax rate?

The state sales tax rate is 6%.

How do I get registered?

You can register with the Tax Commission online at https://labor.idaho.gov/ibrs/ibr.aspx?sAction=v or you can mail in the Idaho Business Registration form. The registration form is available on the Tax Commission website.

How much does an Idaho sales tax permit cost?

No fee

Idaho State Tax Commission

Idaho State Tax Commission
PO Box 36
Boise ID 83722-0410
(208) 334-7660
http://www.tax.idaho.gov/i-1023.cfm