The New Jersey State Library in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Division of Taxation was able to connect local small business owners and entrepreneurs with vital information through classes taught at 18 local libraries this past autumn. A new round of classes will begin in February at 23 more libraries across the state. Morning, afternoon and evening classes have been scheduled. The half-day Small Business Workshops will be taught by staff from the Taxation University, an outreach and training unit within the Division of Taxation.
The free workshops cover the twists, turns, nuances and basic information about starting and running a small business, including: developing a business plan; choosing a business structure with licensing and tax filing requirements for each; using the free resources from Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) and Small Business Administration (SBA); where and how to register a business; meeting employer responsibilities, such as how to calculate federal and state withholding taxes and filing the New Hire Reporting form; the difference between an employee and a contractor (this is determined by the Dept. of Labor and the IRS); and understanding sales and use tax.
The size of the workshops is being kept small to enable attendees to ask questions about their specific situations and get the answers they needed.
Classes will be at the following: New Brunswick Public Library, New Brunswick, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. March 16; and Edison Public Library – North Edison Branch, Edison, from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. May 18.
For a list of participating libraries and workshop dates, visit www.njstatelib.org/TaxationUniversity.