How to Register Your Business in South Carolina

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

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From Charleston to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is known for its hospitality, unbeatable southern cuisine, and a leisurely pace of life. The Palmetto State has it all: mountains, forests, and beaches. Not only that, but the state’s world-class schools and universities and relatively affordable cost of living make South Carolina the perfect place for young people, families, and retirees alike. So, chances are, if your next employee is a South 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 South Carolina.  

Register your business in South Carolina in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to register with the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
  2. Next, you’ll need to register with the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.

You’ll receive your Withholding File Number from the Department of Revenue within 24 hours of registering. You’ll then receive your Employer Account Number from the Department of Employment and Workforce within three weeks of registering. Once you’ve received your 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 business registration tutorial video. The Department of Employment and Workforce also has a page of employer resources.


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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