Tennessee Payroll Tax Registration

Congratulations on hiring a new employee in Tennessee! As an employer in the state, it is important to understand the process of payroll tax registration, which involves registering with the Tennessee Department of Revenue to ensure compliance with state tax obligations.

How Tennessee Payroll Registration Works

There is one payroll tax setup task you may need to complete in Tennessee 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 Tennessee agencies or use Mosey to do it.

Use Mosey to register for payroll tax in Tennessee.

Tennessee Unemployment Insurance Setup

If you have employees in Tennessee, you are required to register with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development for an Unemployment Insurance account by filing a Report to Determine Status, Application for Employer Number (Form LB-0441). This form must be filed by mail as there is no electronic filing options. Processing can take 10 business days and your account number and Unemployment Insurance tax rate will be mailed to you. Note: Tennessee does not have a personal income tax therefore withholding tax is not applicable in the state.

  1. Complete Employer Application

    Complete Report to Determine Status, Application for Employer Number (Form LB-0441) to apply for an employer account.

  2. File Your Application for Employer Number

    Email your completed Application for Employer Number (Form LB-0441) to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

  3. Create a TN Premium and Wage Reporting System Account

    You will find an access code on your employer account assignment letter. Use your new employer account number and the access code to create a TN Premium and Wage Reporting System account.

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