California Payroll Tax and Registration Guide

Employers in the Golden State: learn about California payroll tax and registration here.


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Account Number(s) Needed:

Companies who pay employees in California must register with the CA Employment Development Department (EDD) for an EDD Account Number. If you need to register, click here.
Employer Development Department (EDD) Account Number: 999-9999-9 (8 digits)
  • Register for an EDDAccount Number online at the EDD site (click Enroll in Employer Services Online).
  • Find a current EDD Account Number:
    – on Form DE-9: Employer’s Quarterly Contribution Return and Report of Wages Form,
    – on Form DE-9C: Employer’s Quarterly Contribution Return and Report of Wages Form (Continuation; must be filed with DE-9)

Required Payroll Documentation:


  • CA DE9 and CA DE9c: California is a combined reporting state. The Quarterly Contribution Return and Report of Wages return is used to report UI, Training, Disability and personal Income tax withheld. It is a good source of information to use in balancing prior quarter data.

Third Party Access /POA Needed:

  • No

Local Income Taxes Imposed:  

  • No

State Resources

Visit state resources for specific tax rates and wage details:

California Form DE-4 For Employees

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