For help starting your business, a list of appropriate registrations, permits, and requirements, visit Access Washington’s Doing Business in Washington.
Agency and information about:
Federal employee withhold Social Security Medicare
Trade name registration
Fuel tax questions Fuel tax refunds
Unemployment insurance for employees
If you employ one or more persons you must apply for industrial insurance coverage with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
Common Carrier Permit
Corporations Division information on:
Articles of Incorporation
Certificate of Limited Partnership Trademarks
If your city or county has business taxes and you are located within the city limits, you will need to register with the city taxing authority, such as the city auditor. Businesses located outside city limits should register with the county taxing authority, such as the county clerk’s office. Also, remember to contact your county assessor as soon as your business opens. Businesses are required to report personal property – assets used in the operation of a business – to the assessor. Personal property includes furniture, office equipment, machines, and supplies used in the course of doing business.