California Payroll Tax Registration

As an employer in California, it is essential to understand the process of payroll tax registration. This registration is a mandatory requirement by the state, ensuring that you are compliant with California's payroll tax laws when hiring employees.

How California Payroll Registration Works

There is one payroll tax setup task you may need to complete in California to get your new hire on payroll for the first time. You can follow the guide below to help you get registered directly with the California agencies or use Mosey to do it.

Use Mosey to register for payroll tax in California.

California Employer Account Setup

If you plan to have employees in California, you must register for an employer account with the Employment Development Department within 15 days of your first payroll of $100 or more. You will be registered for: (1) Unemployment Insurance, (2) Employment Training Tax, (3) State Disability Insurance withheld from employee wages, and (4) Personal Income Tax withheld from employee wages.

  1. Enroll in the Employment Development Department e-Services for Business

    Create a username and password for the Employment Development Department Employer Services Online portal.

  2. Register for Employer Payroll Tax Account Number

    Login to e-Services for Business to register as a new employer.

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