Iowa Payroll Tax Registration

Congratulations on hiring a new employee in Iowa! To ensure compliance with the state's regulations, you will need to register for payroll taxes, which involves reporting and remitting state income tax withholding, unemployment insurance, and other applicable taxes on behalf of your employee.

How Iowa Payroll Registration Works

There are 2 payroll tax setup tasks you may need to complete in Iowa 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 Iowa agencies or use Mosey to do it.

Use Mosey to register for payroll tax in Iowa.

Iowa Unemployment Insurance Setup

If you have employees in Iowa and are a private for-profit employer you must register with the Iowa Workforce Development for an Unemployment Tax account. You will receive your employer account number when your liability status is established. New employers are assigned the rate from rank 12 of the table in effect or 1% percent, whichever is higher.

  1. Create a myIowaUI Account

    Visit myIowaUI and select “Create ID” to create a myIowaUI online account.

  2. Register for an Unemployment Tax Account

    Log into your myIowaUI account to complete the steps to register for an Unemployment Tax account.

  3. Add Unemployment Tax to your Payroll Provider

    Once you have your Employer Account Number and Unemployment Insurance tax rate, add them to your payroll provider.

  4. Request ACH Number

    If your payroll provider requires an "ACH number" in Iowa, complete and submit the Application for ACH Credit Transfer (Form 53-0110).

Iowa Withholding Tax Setup

If you have employees in Iowa you must register for a withholding tax account with the Iowa Department of Revenue.

  1. Create a GovConnectIowa Account

    Visit GovConnectIowa and select "Create a Logon" to use the portal.

  2. Register for a Withholding Tax Account

    Visit GovConnectIowa and select "Register for New Business (Requires Logon)" to register for a withholding tax account.

  3. Add Withholding Information to Your Payroll Provider

    After receiving your account number and withholding schedule, add them to your payroll provider.

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