How to Register Your Business in Ohio

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

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A famously friendly swing state, Ohio gets its name from the Iroquois word for “great river.” In fact, the Ohio River has sustained life in the Ohio River Basin for millennia. For current residents of the Buckeye State, though, the top-notch schools, delicious local foods, exuberant sports fans, and abundant amusement parks make Ohio an unbeatable place to live. So, chances are, if your next employee is an Ohioan, 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 Ohio.  

Register your business in Ohio in three easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an OH|ID account.
  2. Once you’ve created your account, you can add the Ohio Business Gateway app to your dashboard and complete the business registration process with the Department of Taxation.
  3. Next, you’ll need to register with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services via the Employer Resource Information Center.

You’ll receive your account number from the Department of Job and Family Services and the Department of Taxation immediately after registering online. Once you’ve received your account numbers, 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 Taxation has a comprehensive guide to registering. The Department of Job and Family Services also has a useful page on employer registration.


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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