How to Register Your Business in South Dakota

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

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From Mount Rushmore to Badlands National Park, South Dakota is known for its impressive and dramatic landscapes. The state boasts some of the country’s best hunting and fishing, and residents enjoy consistently short commutes and a low cost of living. South Dakota may be sparsely populated, but those who live there cherish the wide-open spaces. Chances are, if your next employee is a South Dakotan, 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 Dakota.  

Register your business in South Dakota in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.
  2. Once you’ve created an account, you can log in to register your business.

You’ll receive your Employer Account Number immediately after registering online. South Dakota has no state income tax, so you do not need to register for withholding taxes. 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 South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation has an employer handbook and 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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