How to Register Your Business in North Carolina

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

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From Asheville to Charlotte, North Carolina is known for its natural beauty, arts, live music, and delicious craft beer. Visitors and residents alike flock to the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains for endless outdoor recreation opportunities. Not only that, but the Tar Heel State’s temperate climate and abundant educational opportunities make it a perennially popular place to move for retirees and young people alike. So, chances are, if your next employee is a North Carolinian, 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 North Carolina.  

Register your business in North Carolina in three easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to register with the North Carolina Department of Revenue to obtain your Account ID.
  2. Next, you’ll need to apply for an Employer Tax Account Number with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.
  3. Once you have your Employer Tax Account Number you can create an account with the North Carolina Department of Commerce.

You should receive your Account ID immediately after applying with the Department of Revenue. You’ll receive your Employer Tax Account Number from the Department of Commerce in the mail within four to six weeks.

Once you’ve received your Account ID and your Employer Tax 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, the Department of Revenue has a helpful checklist of things you’ll need to register. The Department of Commerce also has a useful FAQ section.


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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