I'm starting out as a makeup artist and hairstylist in NJ and need to know if I need to get LLC or other licenses/permits so I can claim business expenses.
There are two components to your question: 1- do you need a license to be a make-up artist and hair stylist; and 2 - do you need an LLC. I do not know offhand whether a make-up artist or hair styist needs to be licensed, but you can check with the New Jersey State Board of Cosmetology and Hairstyling.
Regarding the LLC, if you are starting a business venture, it is normally prudent to create an entity that provides you with legal protection and possibly favorable tax treatment. LLC's are good vehicles to provide you with liability protection while no subjecting you to the double tax that you would incur if you created a corporation.
If you want to discuss further, I'd be happy to speak with you. (908)233-6800.
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