Thank you for your question. Please permit me to assist you with your concerns.To ensure that I do not miss anything, I will go point by point with your concerns.You asked: am thinking about making reproductions of my work and/or painting on commission if asked, but do I need to have a business license and charge sales tax, etc., to do this?You DO NOT need a business license. You can choose to be a 'sole proprietor' and work without any business entity but work directly as yourself. It is simpler and easier, but it has downsides--you open yourself up personally to any litigation, for example. You likewise do not need to charge sales tax but you would need to disclose all earnings if any on your tax return and formally pay taxes on any profit you make in this cases.If yes, how do I go about getting a license? You can pursue an incorporation, if you like, with your state agency and file for an LLC or other business entity. There is no requirement to do so. If you choose to incorporate, you could use this site to help pursue incorporation:http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/main.pAlso this site to ensure the business entity you choose as a name is XXXXX XXXXX reserved:http://starpas.azcc.gov/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/connect.p?app=names-report.pI live in Cottonwood, Arizona. If I do not have to have a license, I am thinking I would keep a record of the paintings I do end up selling and just report that to my tax accountant.That is absolutely permitted as well.Good luck.
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