FAQs - Register for Employer Payroll Tax Account Number

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

You can apply for an employer payroll tax account number using the following steps:

  1. Go to the e-Services for Business page.
  2. Select “e-Services Login.”
  3. Select “Enroll for a username and password” to begin the enrollment process. Once you receive your verification e-mail address, select the link within the e-mail to complete the enrollment process. The link will direct you to an Enrollment verification page. If you do not verify your e-mail address within 24 hours, then you must wait at least 48 hours from the time your verification e-mail address was originally sent before restarting the enrollment process.
  4. From the Enrollment Verification page, select the e-Services for Business link.  On the e-Services for Business page, select “e-Services Login.”  On the e-Services for Business Login page, enter your username and password.
  5. To apply for an employer payroll tax account number select “New Customer.”  Select the “Register for Employer Payroll Tax Account Number” link and complete the online registration application questions.  To find out what information you will need to have available to complete the online registration application, read Am I Required to Register as an Employer?
  6. After you submit your registration request, you will receive a confirmation email.  The email will contain a link to e-Services for Business page.  From the e-Services for Business page, select “e-Services Login.”  Enter your username and password.
  7. You will have immediate access to your e-Services for Business account.  From your online account, select the “Message” tab to view a secure welcome message that will identify your eight digit employer payroll tax account number and include links to your reporting requirements with the EDD.   Select your account number in the “My Accounts” panel to begin reporting wages and making deposits.

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 applying for an employer payroll tax account number online?

Yes, you need to enroll for a username and password prior to applying for an employer payroll tax account number online.

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 your employer payroll tax account number has been established.

When attempting to register online, I did not receive an employer payroll tax account number; instead I received a message that said “Request is processing.”  When will I be notified of my employer payroll tax account number?

In most cases an employer payroll tax account number is issued within a few minutes.  If your application requires further analysis or if you have requested elections or exceptions, it may take up to three days to receive notification.

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, you can access your reporting requirements by viewing you secure welcome message available 24/7 in e-Services for Business.  Your tax rate information 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.

Can I change my account information online?

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

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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