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I have a new business and am looking for employees, can the Employment Development Department (EDD) help?

California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) offers businesses a variety of services and programs at no cost designed to strengthen the economic vitality of Californians and their communities. Business...

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How do I apply for an employer payroll tax account number?

You can apply for an employer payroll tax account number using the following steps: Go to the e-Services for Business page. https://eddservices.edd.ca.gov/ Select “e-Services Login.” Select “Enroll f...

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Who can apply for an employer payroll tax account number online?

Employers, both new and previously registered, as well as anyone who is authorized to act on behalf of the employer (i.e. agents, certified public accounts) can use this option. The Employment Development Depa...

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What are California state payroll taxes?

California has four State payroll taxes which are administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD). They are Unemployment Insurance (UI) and Employment Training Tax (ETT), which are employer contribu...

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Who is considered an 'employer' for CA state payroll tax purposes?

There are two types of employers: those who run a business and those who hire domestic services. Employers who run a business can be a person or a legal entity and include: Sole Proprietors Partnerships...

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When do I start paying payroll taxes?

Generally, a business becomes subject to state payroll taxes upon paying wages over $100 in a calendar quarter to one or more employees. Wages consist of compensation for services performed, including cash paym...

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I have a housekeeper. Do I have to register them with the Employment Development Department (EDD)?

Visit the Employment Development Department's Household Employer Web page for information specific to Household Employers. http://www.edd.ca.gov/Payroll_Taxes/Household_Employer.htm

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What does California consider as wages?

Wages are all compensation for an employee’s personal services, whether paid by check or cash, or the reasonable cash value of noncash payments such as meals and lodging. The method of payment, whether by priva...

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Who is considered an 'employee' for California state payroll tax purposes?

As defined in the California Unemployment Insurance Code, an employee includes: Any officer of a corporation Any worker who is an employee under the usual common law rules Any worker whose services a...

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How do I register with the Employment Development Department (EDD)?

Use the Employment Development Department's (EDD) e-Services for Business to apply for your employer payroll tax account number. It is fast, easy, secure, and available 24 hours a day/7 days a week. http://www....

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