License a Business

How to License a Business in Johnson County

The Process:

  1. Business License Permit Application submitted with appropriate fee. Check or Cash (if paying in person) Only ( 230 Court St # 201, Paintsville, KY 41240).

  2. Once application received an Account Number will be assigned.

  3. Annual Business License Renewal will be mailed approximately December 15th.

  4. Business License Renewal payment due date January 31.

  5. Quarterly Occupational Returns if applicable will be mailed approximately the 15th of the last month of the quarter.

  6. Quarterly Occupational Return payment due the last day of the next month.

  7. Reconciliation of Occupational Tax Withheld is due January 31 with the 4th Quarter Occupational Tax Return.

  8. Annual Net Profit Return due same day as federal return.


Regular Business License $25

Temporary Business License $75

Occupational Tax . - .5% of Gross Wages Paid for Work Performed in Johnson County

Fiscal Year-end Net Profit - .5% of Net Profit Realized in Johnson County

The Prestonsburg SBDC provides one-on-one consultations at no cost to existing and potential entrepreneurs in Eastern Kentucky. The Prestonsburg SBDC also meets the educational needs of the local small business community by offering a variety of low cost training programs taught by industry experts and qualified SBDC Consultants.

Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

SOAR Innovation provides services to businesses that wish to scale-up, expand markets, and/or create new markets by utilizing technology, and to entrepreneurs whose idea has the capacity to reach customers outside of the region. Our vision is to leverage technology and the digital economy for econmoic growth better than any rural region in America.

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