Registering for California Payroll Tax Account Numbers
California requires employers to register with the Employment Development Department.
Employment Development Department Employer Account Number
- Register online
- Format: 8 digits (999-9999-9, 99999999)
- To find an existing account number, call: (888) 745-3886
California Payroll Taxes
Payroll Tax Rates
The Employment Development Department will assign your unemployment insurance tax rate. New employers generally have an initial rate of 3.4%. If you’re subject to the Employment Training Tax, there is a fixed rate of 0.1%.
You will also need to withhold State Disability Insurance from your team at a rate of 1%.
Payroll Tax Deposit Schedules
All unemployment taxes and Employment Training Taxes are deposited quarterly.
The Employment Development Department will assign your withholding deposit schedule based on your Federal deposit schedule and your accumulated withholding during the last pay period.