FAQ - Do I need to register my out of state business in Washington state?
Do I need to register my out of state business in Washington State?
Answering this question is considered providing legal advice, which this office cannot do. We cannot evaluate or determine if your business’s activities qualify as "doing business" in Washington State, nor can we assist you in selecting a business type. We can help with the appropriate filing once you decide you need to register and determined the appropriate business structure.
A business is a legal entity. It can own property, hold bank accounts, and is required to pay taxes. There are different types of business entities, each with unique benefits and limitations. The "right" choice for you depends on your interests and needs. You will need sound counsel to understand your obligations regarding your business. Please learn the business structure options and discuss them with your advisors to determine which will be optimal for you. Find advisors for legal, tax, and business (SCORE, Small Business Development Centers). Good decisions are based on the following:
- The number of owners now and planned for the future.
- The types of owners - are they all individuals, or are they entities (such as corporations, trusts, etc.)?
- Liability concerns.
- Federal tax implications - Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Registration and tax filing requirements and costs.
- Paperwork and entity management consideration
What is considered "doing business"?
This office cannot evaluate or determine if your business’s activities qualify as "doing business" in our State. We can only encourage you to seek legal advice to answer this question because it involves several topics like business liability, personal liability, business licensing, taxation, insurance, and others. Our office will help you with the appropriate filing once you have made your decision. Washington State law specifies activities that constitute not doing business in RCW 23.95.520