Owning and operating a business requires having the right licenses and permits in place to conduct business legally in California. Aside from licenses and permits, one also needs a federal tax ID number. This ID number is used by state and local governments to ensure the business is paying the appropriate taxes like sales taxes.
Before you can start a food truck business, the first thing you will want to do is secure at least a seller’s permit in CA. A seller’s permit allows you to sell taxable items—your food and beverages—to consumers. However, it does not exempt you from paying sales taxes on the items you need to stock your food truck. If you want to be exempt from sales taxes, then you also need to know how to get a reseller’s permit in CA.