Register in Virginia

Virginia tax agencies

  • Virginia Department of Taxation (TAX) - income tax withholding
  • Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)- unemployment tax

Set up an existing company

If you've run payroll in Virginia in the past, you can find your VA Tax Account Number on notices received from the VA Department of Taxation or you can call the agency at (804) 367-8037.

You can find your VEC Account Number on notices received from the VA Employment Commission. Your VA Employer Tax Rate will appear in the Tax Rate box of the State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) notice that you receive from the VA Employment Commission. Your rate will range from 0.11%–7.7% and has a wage base of $8,000. If you have any questions call the agency at (804) 786-7159. 

Register a new company

You can register for both tax agencies by visiting the VA Tax Online Services for Businesses website and selecting the option for Are you a new Business? Register Here.

You should receive both your VA Tax Account Number (income tax withholding number), income tax withholding deposit schedule, and VEC Account Number (unemployment tax number) instantly after registering online. 

Most companies are liable for state unemployment if they pay $1500 in wages in a quarter or have one employee for 20 weeks in a calendar year. If you're a new employer, you will get your rate when you register with the agency. The rate of new employers is typically 2.51% but ranges up to 6.21% for certain industries. If you have any questions about the registration process you should call the agency at (804) 786-3061.


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