Apologies for the silly question but I don't really have any background in terms of businesses or any legal matters.
I am paying for an online service that provides many features, some of which are only available if I verify my account. The verification process though asks for the following fields:
- Legal Company Name
- EIN or Registration Number
- Country of Incorporation
- State of Incorporation
Just to clarify, I am using this online service for personal use but some of the features I am paying for are meant for businesses and I'm actually interested in using them for my personal use. I'm just wondering if it's possible for me to simply register a business based in Calgary without actually doing business just so I could verify my account and use those additional features?
I saw this page from the Calgary website (city I reside in) and it seems like the simplest solution for me (home occupation class 1). No fees involved and no expiry. Although I'm not sure if that's all I need.
What's the simplest (and most importantly cheapest) solution for me to do so I can get a business registration number for what I'm trying to achieve?
I also found Ownr which let's me pay CAD $49 (one time fee) to register a sole proprietorship which would give me a business registration number but I'm not sure how legitimate they are or if that's really all I need. I would also prefer not to have to pay but $49 is something I would do. I just don't want to spend hundreds or thousands.
Can anyone help me figure this out? What are some of the things I need to consider if I'm going to go ahead with registering a business without actually doing business? Any pitfalls? Do I need to worry about filing taxes even if I don't get any revenue/expenses as I won't really be doing any business activities?