How to Register Your Business in Alabama

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

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Alabama is famous for its enthusiastic football fans (Roll Tide!) and for the inspiring activism of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham. It may very well be the home of your next employee, too. And given the state’s abundant natural beauty, rich history, and strong sense of community, it wouldn’t be surprising if they were reluctant to relocate. 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 Alabama.

Register your business in Alabama in four easy steps:

  1. First you need to register your business with the Alabama Secretary of State.
  2. Next, you’ll need to create a MAT (My Alabama Taxes) account with the Alabama Department of Revenue.
  3. You can get your account number by clicking “Obtain a New Tax Account Number” under “Quick Links for businesses.”
  4. Once you have your Tax Account number, you can apply for your Withholding Tax Account Number from MAT.

Keep in mind that your application won’t save, so you need to complete it all at once. You’ll receive your new account number in the mail in 3-5 business days.

Register for your Alabama Unemployment tax account:

After you’ve paid $1500 in wages during a calendar quarter, you must begin paying unemployment taxes.  To pay your unemployment taxes, you’ll need to register online with the Alabama Department of Labor.

  1. You can create an account online with the Alabama Department of Labor to receive your Alabama Unemployment tax account.
  2. You’ll receive your Unemployment Account number immediately after registering.

Once you’ve been assigned your unemployment account number, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes.

If you decide to work with a third-party payroll service, you’ll need to submit a notarized Power of Attorney form to the Alabama Department of Labor.


Interested in expanding your team outside of the US as well? Pilot specializes in managing international payroll, benefits, and compliance for US-based companies, in one secure platform. Our team of HR and payroll experts is happy to guide you through any questions ✨

To learn more about Pilot, request a demo with one of our experts.


⚖️ Legal Disclaimer: The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter.


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