How to Register Your Business in Minnesota

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

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Minnesota, the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” is famously verdant with plentiful fresh water. But Minnesota is more than just pastoral beauty. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are vibrant urban centers that punch above their weight when it comes to playing host to Fortune 500 companies. Not only that, but Minnesotans are famously polite and courteous. So chances are, if your next employee calls Minnesota home, they won’t want to leave.

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 Minnesota.  

Register your business in Minnesota in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to register online with the Minnesota Department of Revenue. Click on the link that says “Get a Minnesota Tax ID number” to complete the registration application.
  2. Next, you’ll need to register online with the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program. The first page of the application will tell you what information you need to have on hand before beginning.

You should receive your tax ID and unemployment account number immediately after completing the online registration process. Once you’ve received your tax ID and unemployment account number, you’ll be able to register new employees, file wage reports, and submit unemployment taxes online. Remember, in Minnesota, if you’ve paid at least $20 in wages during a calendar quarter, you will likely be liable for state unemployment taxes.

If you need assistance, the Minnesota Unemployment Insurance program has a helpful instructional video. They also have a Minnesota Employer User Guide with step-by-step instructions.


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⚖️ 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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