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Resources for Starting or Expanding a Business

Starting a New or Expanding a Current Business

The Tennessee Department of Revenue offers a variety of resources for those interested in starting a new business in Tennessee, whether a business is currently located in Tennessee or looking to relocate here. In addition to the necessary requirements to start a business, incentives are available for relocating and expanding business in the state.

  • Instructions for Opening a Business in Tennessee - Learn about necessary taxes and registration requirements here.
  • Tennessee Smart Start Small Business Guide - This is a publication from Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development that serves as a reference guide for people interested in starting a business. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: how to set up a business, responsibilities and regulations, taxes and insurance, getting funded and business assistance and training.
  • General Revenue Provisions - View due dates, penalties and waivers, interest, refunds, audits and the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.
  • Tax Registration for Your Business - Register your business, add a new location to an existing business, update our account or close a business at this link.
  • Available Incentives - Tennessee offers many varied incentives through tax credits and refunds to qualified businesses. Businesses new to Tennessee and existing business expansions may qualify for one or more incentives.
  • Tangible Personal Property Taxes (Division of Property Assessments) - Learn more about taxes due on all tangible personal property used or held for use in your business. This tax is a local tax administered and collected at the local level.
  • Office of Small Business Advocate - The Office of Small Business Advocate serves as a point of contact to state government for owners of businesses with 50 or fewer employees. The SBA Office provides information and answers questions for Tennesseans who are starting a small business or who already own a small business or assists in the resolution of issues concerning small businesses and state departments and agencies.