Federal & State Forms

The first thing to do is call the Small Business Hotline at 800-252-2923 to receive a Business Start-Up Kit. The kit includes essential information and forms to start a Business in Illinois. A few key areas are highlighted below.

  • Assumed Name Certificate - Businesses in Jackson County are required to file an assumed name certificate with the County Clerk's Office and have the name published in local newspapers. Forms are available from the County Clerk's Office, located at:
    • Jackson County Courthouse
      W 1001 Walnut Street
      Murphysboro, IL 62966
    • Phone: 618-687-7360
  • Federal Employer Identification Number, Form SS-4 (PDF), can be obtained from the Internal Revenue Service, located at:
    • The Federal Building
      250 W Cherry Street
      Carbondale, IL 62901. 
    • When your SS-4 has been processed, you will receive your Employer Identification Number, Federal Tax Deposit Slips, FTD 501 and FTD 508, and relevant information about withholding taxes. For further information, call toll-free 800-424-3676.
  • If you plan to form a corporation through which you would conduct Business, a Business Corporation Application, Form BCA-13.15 (PDF), must be filed by all domestic corporations with the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. An annual report is then required by March 1 for all corporations after the initial year. Mail to: 
    • Illinois Secretary of State
      Centennial Building 3rd floor - Corporations
      Springfield, IL 62756
    • Phone: 217-782-7880
  • Illinois Certificate of Registration registers you as a Business in the State of Illinois and requires you to collect a sales tax on retail and other activities. You may be required to post a bond for the first three months' estimated sales tax revenue. An application (PDF) can be obtained from the Illinois Department of Revenue, located at:
    •  1107 W DeYoung Street
      Marion, IL 62959
      Phone: 618-993-8183
  • Report to Determine Liability for Unemployment Insurance, Form UI-1 (PDF). Every Illinois employer is required to file this report with the Illinois Department of Employment Security, Division of Unemployment Insurance located at:
    • 223 S 13th Street
      Murphysboro, IL 62966
      Phone: 618-687-2341