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Q: public tax records of small private companies ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: public tax records of small private companies
Category: Business and Money
Asked by: larch100-ga
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Posted: 07 Feb 2006 09:05 PST
Expires: 09 Mar 2006 09:05 PST
Question ID: 442661
Are there public tax records for small private companies?

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 07 Feb 2006 09:10 PST
In the US, no.  

Even for public companies, for whom financial reporting is required,
their tax records are confidential, and not publicly available.

Does this answer your question?  If not, what additional information do you need?


Clarification of Question by larch100-ga on 07 Feb 2006 11:34 PST
Yes, this answers my specific question about tax info.
My follow up question would be are there any sources for general
information on small privately held companies?


Subject: Re: public tax records of small private companies
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 07 Feb 2006 12:10 PST

I'm glad the information I posted answered your question.

Small companies *may* have some publicly available information --
you'll only know by looking.  Not every company is required to make
information public.

Your best bet is to check with a public library, since they would
likely have access to specialty databases such as Dun and Bradstreet,
or Reference USA, which are not reaidly available to the public.  The
librarian should be able to help you with this.

Two other places to check are:

1.  The Secretary of State's office for the state where the business
is located.  Search Google for [ corporations "New York" ] (or
whichever state you choose), and you should find the Corporations page
for the Secretary of State's office right near the top of the search
results.  You can then search there for the company name.

2.  Search at the Better Business Bureau, as they have quite an
extensive database of businesses as well:

Best of luck.


search strategy -- Bookmarked links, as well as my general knowledge
of business reporting.
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