How to Register Your Business in Pennsylvania

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

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Pennsylvania was once an industrial heavyweight, and indeed it is still considered part of the Rust Belt. But the Pennsylvania of today also boasts a thriving startup scene and plays host to many Fortune 500 companies. Not only that, but cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh enjoy abundant arts, music, and entertainment. And then, of course, there are the hundreds of charming small towns that dot The Keystone State’s bucolic countryside. So, chances are, if your next employee is a Pennsylvanian, 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 Pennsylvania.  

Register your business in Pennsylvania in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
  2. Next, you can register for both unemployment taxes and income withholding through Pennsylvania Online Business Entity Registration.

You should receive your account numbers immediately after registering. 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, Pennsylvania Online Business Entity Registration has a useful table of contents and FAQ section. PA Business One-Stop Shop also has a business registration checklist.


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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