Heavy fines, garnished wages, confiscation of my equipment? Is there a grace period so you can accumulate the funds? I would get my food handlers permit for the ice cream cart. Would I need to get a business license before that permit by the health department. My business is pulling an ice cream cart around neighborhoods locally with a reverse trike 50 cc. I also was wondering why an incorporation was so much more expensive than an llc. Can the government confiscate if you have either of these or are they protected?
A business license is essentially a form of taxation. Look on your local municipal website for a business license. Sometimes they have exemptions for small businesses, but require you to apply anyway. Typically, if you do not pay business taxes, you get assessed penalties. However, I am not familiar with the law in Claremont.
Most biz licenses are around 35-50 bucks.
Los Angeles City and County sometimes impound carts. This has been very controversial and the practice has not been consistent. Total fees in LA can reach $800 to start. Look for assistance in the community: legal aid, law school clinic, neighborhood associations, etc. Good luck.
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