How to Register Your Business in Texas

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

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From Houston to Galveston, Marfa to Austin, Texas is famous for its wide-open spaces, delicious TexMex cuisine, and lovely fields of bluebonnets. Visitors and residents alike enjoy events like South by Southwest, Dallas Cowboys games, and the state’s famous rodeos. With so many people moving to Texas, it won’t be surprising if the next person you want to hire lives in The Lone Star State. Chances are, if your next employee is a Texan, 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 Texas.  

Register your business in Texas in two easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to create an account with the Texas Workforce Commission.
  2. Once you’ve created your account, you can apply for a new tax account.

You should receive your tax account number immediately after applying. Texas has no income tax, so you don’t need to register for withholding taxes.

Once you’ve been assigned your 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 Texas Workforce Commission has a useful FAQ page.


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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