Ohio Payroll Tax Registration

Congratulations on hiring a new employee in Ohio! As an employer, it is important to understand that you may need to register for payroll tax with the Ohio Department of Taxation to comply with state regulations and ensure accurate withholding and reporting of employee taxes.

How Ohio Payroll Registration Works

There are 3 payroll tax setup tasks you may need to complete in Ohio 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 Ohio agencies or use Mosey to do it.

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Ohio Workers' Compensation Setup

If you have employees in Ohio, you are required to purchase workers' compensation coverage from the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) or seek approval to self-insure. Private workers' compensation insurance is not allowed in Ohio. Workers' Compensation coverage begins when BWC receives a completed application (Form U-3) and the $120 non-refundable application fee.

  1. Apply for Ohio Workers' Compensation Coverage with BWC

    Visit the BWC's online application form to apply for Ohio Workers' Compensation coverage and pay the $120 application fee.

  2. Create BWC E-Account

    Upon receipt of your BWC policy number, create an E-Account to manage your Ohio Workers' Compensation coverage online.

  3. Post Certificate of Coverage

    To let employees know you have you BWC workers' compensation coverage, you must post a copy of your Certificate of Ohio Workers' Compensation in a highly visible location at each work site. You may also post this on an internet site available to all employees.

Ohio Unemployment Insurance Setup

Employers must register with the Department of Job & Family Services for an Employer Account Number. Note: The standard new employer Unemployment Insurance tax rate is 2.7%.

  1. Register for an Unemployment Insurance Account

    Create an account for The Source, the online portal for the Department of Job & Family Services, to register for your Unemployment Insurance account. Your 10-digit Employer Account Number (EAN) e.g., 1234567-89-0 is typically issued immediately after registration.

  2. Configure Payroll with Unemployment Insurance Information

    Add your Employer Account Number and Unemployment Insurance contribution rate to your payroll provider.

Ohio Withholding Tax Setup

If you have employees in Ohio, you are required to register with the Ohio Department of Taxation for an Employer Withholding Tax account by filing an Application for Registration as an Ohio Withholding Agent (Form IT 1) within 15 days of the start date of your first Ohio employee. Your Employer Withholding Account is also used for Ohio's school district withholding tax.

  1. Create an OH|ID Account

    Create a OH|ID account if you don't have one already. OH|ID is used by multiple state agencies in Ohio.

  2. Register for Withholding Tax Online

    Log into Ohio Business Gateway with your OH ID account to apply for a Withholding Tax account online. Immediately after registration you will receive a eight-digit Withholding Tax Account ID (it will look like 5x-xxxxxx).

  3. Configure Payroll with Your Withholding Account ID

    Upon receipt, provide your Withholding Tax Account ID to your payroll provider.

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