Start a Business in Texas

Starting a business in Texas requires only four primary steps: Choosing a Business Structure, Getting an Employer Identification Number (also known as a federal tax I.D. number), Setting up Tax Information, and, for most businesses, Preparing for Employees. This site will walk you through each of these steps, giving you the tools, information, and confidence you need to begin offering your products and services to citizens and organizations within the state.

  1. STEP 1: Choose a Business Structure – Learn about the seven primary business categories and select the one most appropriate to your endeavor.
  2. STEP 2: Get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) – The IRS issues EINs to identify businesses and non-profit organizations. Follow the links to apply for one.
  3. STEP 3: Set up Tax Information – Learn about sales tax permits and other tax information, then follow the links to obtain permits and fill out necessary tax forms.
  4. STEP 4: Prepare for Employees – Find out about worker’s compensation considerations, wage and hiring practices, and unemployment taxes. Also get help with recruiting.