Before you can pay employees, make sure you've registered for the applicable work and live in state. This can sometimes take several weeks—the sooner you start the process, the sooner you'll have the tax account information required to pay them.

Note, CertiPay Online can put your account in an applied for status. This may cause additional monthly fees as some states do not accept returns/tax liability deposits for accounts that are in an applied for status. 

Florida Tax Agency

Eligibility Requirements 

Your company becomes liable for state unemployment insurance tax (called the re-employment tax account) once the company has:

  • Paid $1500 in wages during a calendar quarter
  • Had an employee working at least one day during a 20 week period

You can find out if you're liable by calling the agency at (850) 488-6800.

Register with the Florida Department of Revenue 

The agency should issue you an account number and re-employment rate in 3-5 days by mail. 

1. Head to the Florida Department of Revenue website.

2. New users must create a user profile with a username, email and password to begin the registration application—click Create User Profile.

4. At the beginning of the application, you're asked to enter a mailing address—make sure this is your company's mailing address and no other.

5. Select No when asked the question: "Do you use a payroll agent (such as an accountant or bookkeeper) or firm that will maintain your payroll information?

6. In the "Enrollment Introduction" section, for the question "Do you wish to file returns or pay tax electronically?":

  • If this is the only tax that you owe in Florida, mark No.
  • If you have other taxes you'll be filing for your business, like sales tax, mark Yes.

7. Complete any remaining prompts.

Find your Re-Employment Tax Account Number

Your RT account number and rate can be found on your Quarterly return (RT-6). The account number will be 7 digits. Note, the account number will not be the "Florida Business Partner ID" 

The account number and rate will also be listed on the Re-Employment Tax Rate Notice that is sent annually. 

Agency website and Contact Information

Florida Department of Revenue (850) 488-6800

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