Michigan Payroll Tax Registration

As an employer who has recently hired someone in Michigan, it is important to understand the process of payroll tax registration in the state. Payroll tax registration refers to the requirement of employers to register with the Michigan Department of Treasury in order to accurately withhold and remit payroll taxes on behalf of their employees.

How Michigan Payroll Registration Works

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

Use Mosey to register for payroll tax in Michigan.

Michigan Withholding Tax Setup

Employers must register with Department of Treasury for withholding tax. Generally speaking, you are required to withhold state personal income tax if you pay wages to at least one employee. Note: When registering a new business you can also register for Unemployment Insurance at the same time.

  1. Complete New Business Registration Online

    Register as a new employer online with eRegistration, Michigan's combined tax registration service for new businesses. In 10-15 minutes, you will get a withholding account number from Michigan Treasury that's the same as your FEIN. Note: During the registration process, you will have the option to also register for Sales & Use Tax and Corporate Income Tax accounts.

  2. Create a Michigan Treasury Online User Profile

    Create a user profile on Michigan Treasury Online.

  3. Connect Your Business to Michigan Treasury Online User Profile

    After receiving your withholding account ID, log into Michigan Treasury Online with your user profile and connect it with your business through the Sales, Use & Withholding Tax dashboard.

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Setup

Employers must register with the Unemployment Insurance Agency for Unemployment Insurance tax. You are generally required to pay Unemployment Insurance tax if you have: (a) At least $1,000 in gross payroll in a calendar year, or (b) had one or more employees in 20 different weeks within a calendar year. Note: When registering a new business you can also register for withholding tax at the same time.

  1. Complete New Business Registration Online

    Register as a new employer online with eRegistration, Michigan's combined tax registration service for new businesses. You will receive your employer account number from the Unemployment Insurance Agency within three days. Note: During the registration process, you will have the option to also register for Sales & Use Tax and Corporate Income Tax accounts.

  2. Sign up for a MiWAM Employer Account

    After receiving your Unemployment Insurance Agency number, use it to sign up for an MiWAM employer account.

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