How to Register Your Business in Kentucky

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

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From horse racing in Lexington to bluegrass in Berea, Kentucky is a famously beautiful and vibrant state. Locals and visitors alike cherish the stunning waterfalls, caves, forests, and grasslands of The Bluegrass State. Then there’s the delicious Kentucky food and drink—bourbon balls, mint juleps, and Arnold Palmers, to name a few. Chances are if your next employee is a Kentuckian, they won’t want to leave the great state of Kentucky.  Fortunately, no matter where your business is based, collaborating across state lines is easy in this era of remote work.

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 Kentucky.

Register your business in Kentucky in three easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to sign up for an account on the Kentucky Business One Stop portal.
  2. Once you’ve signed up for an account, you can apply online with the Kentucky Department of Revenue to receive your Commonwealth Business Identifier.
  3. Next, you’ll need to register with the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training to receive your account number

You should receive your Commonwealth Business Identifier within 1-2 days of registering.


Once you’ve been assigned your Commonwealth Business Identifier and unemployment account number, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online. Remember, 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 weeks in a calendar year. The Kentucky Career Center has a comprehensive online guide that explains your unemployment tax responsibilities.


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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