How to Register Your Business in West Virginia

Is your company hiring an employee in West Virginia, but based in another state? Learn how to register your business in just a few simple steps.

Blackwater Falls, Davis, West Virginia, USA

Plane Team

Published on June 11, 2021

West Virginia is the only state that lies completely within the Appalachian Mountain region. There’s a reason John Denver described West Virginia as “almost heaven”; it is often regarded as one of the most scenic states in the U.S. The Mountain State is also home to a number of historical sites, including, most famously, Harpers Ferry. Chances are, if your next employee is a West Virginian, they won’t want to leave. Fortunately, in this era of remote work, collaborating across state lines is easy.Bringing on a new employee can be exciting, but there’s often a lot to do as well. You want to onboard your new hire as quickly and smoothly as possible to ensure their success at your organization. But before you get started with onboarding, you’ll need to register your company with the state of West Virginia.  

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Register your business in West Virginia in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account with the West Virginia One Stop Business Portal.
  2. Once you’ve created an account, you’ll be able to register with the West Virginia State Tax Department to receive your Withholding Account Number and with WorkForce West Virginia to receive your Unemployment Compensation Account Number.
You’ll receive your Withholding Account Number within one week of registering online. You’ll receive your Unemployment Compensation Account Number within a few weeks of registering. Once you’ve received your Unemployment Compensation Account Number and your Withholding Account Number, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online. Remember, in general, you are responsible for paying an unemployment tax once you’ve paid $1500 in wages in a single calendar quarter, or employed someone for a portion of a day in 20 different weeks in a calendar year.If you need additional support, WorkForce West Virginia has an Employer Handbook. The West Virginia State Tax Department also has a useful general information page.Interested in streamlining your state registration process? With Pilot, you can complete state registrations online, from one platform, in all 50 US states, plus Washington, D.C. Eliminate hours of manual effort from the process by using Pilot. Learn more about our state registrations feature.

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