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How To Set Up Payroll for a California Business - Form DE-1

Prepared By: Melissa C. Marsh, Los Angeles Business Attorney
Written: March 2009

If your California business, corporation or limited liability company will pay wages to one or more employees, it is subject to California state payroll taxes and must first register with the California Employment Development Department. You can register either online or by mail. Either way, you will need to complete Form DE-1 (Fill-in with Instructions) within fifteen (15) days of paying over $100 in wages for employment in a calendar quarter.

To complete Form DE-1 you will need the following information:

  1. The full name of each owner (officer or member) of the business and their title, percentage ownership, social security number, and driver's license number;
  2. The business name;
  3. The date the business started (date incorporated, organized, or started);
  4. The business' federal taxpayer ID number ( EIN );
  5. If the business is a corporation or limited liability company, the corporate identification number provided by the Secretary of State;
  6. The physical address and the mailing address of the business;
  7. Your reason for applying (new business, hired employees, purchased an existing business, or other);
  8. The business entity type (e.g. corporation, limited liability company, partnership, etc.);
  9. Your business activity; and
  10. The name, title, address and day time phone number for the person signing the form.

After completion, you can fax the form to: (916) 654-9211 or mail the form to:

Employment Development Department
Account Services Group, MIC 28
P.O. BOX 826880
Sacramento CA 94280-0001

Once processed, the California EDD will provide you with an EDD Account Number by mail and send you California Employer Guide. After you receive an account number, we recommend you retain an accountant, Paychex or ADP to handle your payroll.

If you would like Melissa C. Marsh, a California business lawyer, to complete Form DE-1 for you for a flat fee of $99 simply call 818-849-5206, or submit your request via E-mail.

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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.