Payroll Taxes

Learn more about keeping your business compliant with payroll tax requirements.

California Unemployment Tax Rules for Employers

Employers in California must comply with these unemployment tax rules.

Coverage: Any business having at least one employee during the current or preceding calendar year, provided wages paid in any calendar quarter exceed $100

Rates: 1.5% — 6.2% for 2013, which includes the emergency solvency surcharge rate (1.15 times the rate the employer would have paid in Schedule F, rounded to the nearest tenth); 3.4 % for new employers; special contribution to Employment and Training Fund by certain employers

Taxable Wage Limit: $7,000

Employee Withholding: None


Employment Development Department
P.O. Box 826880 - UIPCD, MIC 40
Sacramento, CA 94280-0001 
Telephone: (800) 300-5616

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