California Payroll Licensing

Licensing requirements for California employers.

Harbor Compliance provides payroll tax registration services in every state to help your company hire employees and process payroll on time.

In most states, the two payroll taxes are withholding and unemployment insurance (aka unemployment tax and unemployment compensation). Employers must register for the appropriate accounts in order to hire employees, to process payroll, and to file tax returns. Given the virtual, home-based, and temporary nature of employees, registrations often take place on short notice and in multiple states. Foreign qualification and registered agent are prerequisites in most states.


Employer Witholding Tax Licensure

This section applies to employers that are applying for a license in California for the first time to withold taxes from payroll.

Agency:California Employment Development Department
Form:

Form DE-1: Commercial Employer Account Registration and Update

Instructions:

Instructions for Completing the Commerical Employer Account Registration and Update Form

Filing method:

Mail or online.

Unemployment Tax Licensure

This section applies to employers that are applying for a license in California for the first time for unemployment insurance.

Agency:California Employment Development Department
Form:

Form DE-1: Commercial Employer Account Registration and Update

Instructions:

Instructions for Completing the Commerical Employer Account Registration and Update Form

Filing method:

Mail or online.

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