FAQs - Register for Employer Payroll Tax Account Number

How do I apply for an employer payroll tax account number?

From the e-Services for Business page select Employer Payroll Tax Account Number Registration. This program is offered to new employers and/or their agents to obtain a new employer payroll tax account number online. Refer to the e-Services for Business Online Tutorial #1: I want to register for a California Employer Payroll Tax Account Number.

Who can apply for an employer payroll tax account number online?

Employers, both new and previously registered, as well as anyone who is authorized to act on behalf of the employer (i.e. agents, certified public accounts) can use this option.

Do I need to enroll for a username or password prior to opening an employer payroll tax account number online?

No, you do not need to enroll for a username and password in e-Services for Business prior to registering for an employer payroll tax account number. Go to e-Services for Business and select Employer Payroll Tax Account Number Registration.

How soon after receiving an employer payroll tax account number can I access e-Services for Business?

You can immediately access e-Services for Business after you complete the enrollment process.

When attempting to register online, I did not receive an employer payroll tax account number; instead I received a Confirmation Number. When will I be notified of my employer payroll tax account number?

Your application required further analysis based on the response(s) provided during the registration process. Once the analysis has been completed, an employer payroll tax account number will be mailed to you.

I successfully registered online and obtained a new employer payroll tax account number. Do I need to contact you by mail or telephone regarding my reporting requirements?

No. In addition to receiving a new employer payroll tax account number, your tax rate information and a New Employer Packet with your reporting requirements will be sent to you by mail.

How soon after obtaining my employer payroll tax account number should I make payments and send in my tax forms?

See Tax Payments and Due Dates for specific filing and deposit requirements.

Once I have successfully obtained an employer payroll tax account number, do I need to follow up by mailing a hard copy to you?

No. There is no need to provide this information to us by mail. However, you may print a copy of your submitted request for your records.

Can I change my account information online?

Yes, go to e-Services for Business and select “e-Services for Business Login.”

If I close my business, can I inactivate my employer payroll tax account number online?

Yes, go to e-Services for Business and select “e-Services for Business Login.”

Once I have successfully inactivated my employer payroll tax account online, how long do I have to submit final payment(s) and/or returns?

If your request to inactivate your account was successful, you will receive a message advising your final payment(s), quarterly and/or annual returns must be submitted within ten (10) days of the inactivation date.

This is my first business and I need help understanding the different payroll tax report filing and payment schedules. Is there a class I can take?

The EDD’s Taxpayer Education and Assistance offer both classroom-style and Web-based State payroll tax seminars at no charge. Both the classroom and Web-based seminars are designed to help employers comply with the State of California payroll tax laws. The classroom seminars are offered in a variety of locations throughout California.

View the current class schedule.

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