How to Register Your Business in Wisconsin

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

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Whether it’s ice-fishing in the winter, joining the “Birkie” ski race, or hosting a summer fish fry, Wisconsinites have strong cultural traditions, all their own. Blessed with abundant freshwater, endless farmland, and a world-class university system, The Badger State has enjoyed steady growth in recent years. Not only that, but the capital city of Madison has become a hotbed of technological and scientific innovation in recent years. Chances are, if your next employee is a Wisconsinite, 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 Wisconsin.  

Register your business in Wisconsin in three easy steps:

  1. First, you’ll need to register with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue through their online registration process.
  2. Next, you’ll need to create an account with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
  3. Once you’ve created your account, you can complete the online registration process.

You should receive your Withholding Account Number from the Department of Revenue within 24 hours of registering online. You should receive your Employer Account Number from the Department of Workforce Development immediately after completing your online registration.

Once you’ve received your Withholding Account Number and your Employer 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 useful Withholding Tax Guide. The Department of Workforce Development also has a handbook for employers.


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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