Cities should not require permits and licenses for the infrequent businesses of minors — be it a lemonade stand, babysitting, lawn mowing, etc.
House Bill 21 would do the following:
- Prohibit local governments from requiring minors to obtain a permit or license to operate an occasional business.
- Exclude such businesses from an obligation to collect and remit sales taxes.
Most minors do not realize they are required to obtain a business license, food handler’s permit, etc. To sell something simple on a Saturday morning.
And these micro-businesses cannot afford such permission slips, anyway. Children often make $5-20 after several hours of work, so requiring them to pay $50, $100, or more to obtain legal documents is unreasonable.
Encourage youth entrepreneurship by supporting House Bill 21.
[Related: 1-minute Summary, House Bill 21 (2021) – Businesses, Licensing, Tax Exempt]