Virginia New Employer Information
Federal and State Tax Accounts
Federal Tax Accounts:
- Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN, aka, FEIN) with the IRS online.
- To read more about how to apply for an EIN, read our help article, “Your Step-by-step Guide on How to Apply for EIN.”
- You will be assigned a unique nine-digit number to identify your business for your federal taxes by the IRS. To learn more, read, “What Is an FEIN?”
State of Virginia Tax Accounts:
- New employers in Virginia need to register their business with the:
- Virginia Department of Taxation for a payroll withholding account for state income taxes (SIT)
- Virginia Employment Commission for state unemployment insurance (SUI)
- You can use the Virginia Tax Online Services for Businesses to register for both of these accounts. This account will be used for filing and paying your SIT and SUI taxes also.
- New Virginia employers receive the initial base tax rate of 2.5% (base rate + add-ons) for 2021 until eligible for a calculated rate. Please visit the Virginia Employment Commission for more information.
- You will be given a new State Unemployment Tax Assessment (SUTA) rate after 12 months of taxable payroll, and then January 1st of each year.
- To learn more about SUTA, read our article, “What Is SUTA Tax?”
Setting Up Your New Employee:
- Fill out the required Form I-9 for employee work verification in the USA.
- This is a two-part form. The first section is filled out by the employee and the second part is to be filled out by the employer. To learn more, read, “Form I-9 In a Nutshell.”
- You must retain each employee’s completed Form I-9 as long as the individual works for you. For more information, read “What Should Be in an Employee File?”
- Employees need to fill out Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for federal income taxes (FIT).
- For more information, read our help article, “Updates to the Income Tax Withholding Tables and What You Need to Know.”
Form VA-4 is the Virginia Income Tax Withholding Exemption Certificate for state income taxes (SIT).
- Virginia minimum wage is currently $7.25 but will increase to $9.50 per hour on 5/1/2021.
- By law, you are required to post the minimum wage poster for your employees.
Once you have all the necessary information, you will be able to set up your payroll for your business.
You will want to keep all payroll records for at least three years. For more information, read our help article, “What Employers Should Know About Employee Payroll Records.”
Let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help!
This is not an all-inclusive list for new employers. Please check with government agencies for more requirements.