Register in Georgia

Georgia tax agencies

  • Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) - income tax withholding
  • Georgia Department of Labor (DOL) - unemployment tax

Set up an existing company

If you've run payroll in GA before, you can find your Withholding ID on any notice that you've received from the DOR or you can locate it on the agency's website. In order for Gusto to fully support you and to view your account on the GA DOR website, you need to provide Gusto with your most recent tax deposit. To determine what your most recent tax deposit amount was to the DOR you will need to login to your account here. You can also validate your Withholding ID and last deposit by calling the agency at (877) 423-6711. 

Businesses that have run payroll in the past can find their DOL Account Number on notices received from the DOL. 

Total Tax Rate: Your total tax rate can be found on the Employer Tax Rate notice that your business receives annually from the Department of Labor. It ranges from 0.04%–8.1%. You may also call the agency at (404) 232-3300 to get both your rate and your account number. 

Register a new company

New company registration

Income tax withholding

  1. Register with the Georgia Department of Revenue online.
  2. Click Business at the bottom of the page, then select Register a New GA Business to complete the registration process. 
  3. You'll receive an ID that looks like XXXXXXX-XX. Once registered, you should receive your number instantly. 

Unemployment tax

Most companies will be liable for state unemployment if they pay more than $1500 in a calendar quarter or have at least one employee/day in each of 20 different calendar weeks during a calendar year. 

  1. Register online with the Department of Labor
  2. You should receive your account number instantly after registering online.
  3. For new employers in GA, your 2017 Total Tax Rate will be 2.70%. You can enter this in your Gusto account before you receive your UI account number. Once you receive your official unemployment tax rate from the DOL, please update Gusto with the rate on your tax rate notice. 

The exception to this is nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, businesses that change their ownership structure, businesses that merge, and businesses that acquire assets from other businesses. If this applies to your business, you must instead complete this form and mail it to the agency here:

Georgia Department of Labor, Suite 850
148 Andrew Young International Blvd.
Atlanta, GA 30303­-1751.

You should receive your account number approximately one month after mailing this form.

Troubleshoot Department of Revenue authorization issues

Georgia DOR requires special authorization for Gusto to pay or file your taxes. To ensure successful authorization, please verify that you have added the ‘withholding’ tax type to your account and that the following information you have entered into Gusto matches what is on file with the Georgia Department of Revenue: 

  • Withholding Account Number 
  • Zip Code 
  • Last amount paid to the Department of Revenue 

If Gusto is having trouble gaining access to your account, please verify that the above information matches exactly what the agency has on file by giving them a call at (877) 423-6711.


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