The Small Contractor Starter Kit provides everything you need to help you register your business, obtain a contractor's license, solicit work and open for business - including a printable version of the Small Contractor Guide.
Business Plan Template – US Small Business Administration (SBA) Business Entity Comparison Table Employer Identification Number (EIN) REG-1: CT Tax Registration Form Trade Name Registration Form Sales and Use Tax Permit CT Unemployment Tax Form UC-1A Home Improvement License Building Permit Sign Permit
Small Contractor-Related Documents
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) created this template to help you research and write your business plan.
This table provides an easy reference to how the most common business entity types — sole proprietorship, general partnership, C corporation, S corporation, and LLC — compare in a number of key characteristics.
An EIN (also known as an Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) or Federal Tax Identification Number) is issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is needed for a business to pay employees and file business tax returns. An EIN does not expire and is unique to your business – once an EIN has been given to an entity, it will never be issued again.
In order to register your business with the State of Connecticut, you must complete the REG-1 Business Tax Registration Form. By filling out this form and the proper addendums, you can get your permit to sell tobacco products, fuel, etc.
A trade name is any name used during the course of your business that doesn’t include the full legal name of all the owners of the business. In Stamford, must register your trade name through the Town Clerk’s office. More information can be found on the Create a Name page.
Permit required in order to provide a service or sell/lease tangible property in the State of Connecticut. You can fill out this permit using the Taxpayer Service Center. Find out if your product/service is exempt from Sales and Use Tax by looking at the State's list of exemptions.
All employers must register their employees with the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division using the UC-1A Employer Status Report form linked above. The Unemployment Insurance Tax Division is responsible for the funding needed to pay CT employees that have become unemployed through no fault of their own. To learn more about unemployment insurance, we encourage you to read the Employer’s Guide to Unemployment Compensation or check out the CT Department of Labor’s Unemployment Insurance Tax Information Center.
Home improvement contractors and salespersons contracting to work on residential property; anyone signing a contract with a homeowner must register.
Permit required for any additions, alterations, or repairs to a building, and electrical wiring and plumbing installations. If you plan on any major renovations, a building permit/inspection is likely needed.
If your business plans on using a sign, you will need a sign permit. This permit is required for most business signs and includes fabricated, hanging, and painted
Business Plan Template – US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Business Entity Comparison Table
Employer Identification Number (EIN)
REG-1: CT Tax Registration Form
Trade Name Registration Form
Sales and Use Tax Permit
CT Unemployment Tax Form UC-1A
Home Improvement License