Register in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Tax Agencies

  • PA Department of Revenue (Employer Withholding Tax)- income tax withholding
  • PA Department of Labor and Industry - unemployment tax

Set up an existing company

If your business has run payroll in PA previously, you can find your Account Number/Licensing Number on the coupons or Employer Quarterly Reconciliation that you received from the PA Department of Revenue. Your Account Number is different from your employer identification number (EIN) or Revenue ID Number. If you're unsure, you can always call the agency at (717) 787-1064.

If your business has run payroll in PA previously, you can find your UC Account Number and tax rate on the Contribution Rate Notice (Form UC-657), Notice of PA UC Responsibilities (UC-851), or Report for Unemployment Contribution (Form UC-2) received from the PA Department of Labor and Industry. The rate generally ranges from 2.6434%–14.4146%. You can always call the agency at (717) 787-7679 to find out your account number and rate.

City of Pittsburgh Tax

If you've run payroll in Pittsburgh previously, your City ID can be found on documents received from the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Finance. If you're unsure, you can always call the agency at (412) 255-2543.

City of Philadelphia Tax

If you've run payroll in Philadelphia previously, you can find your Tax Account Number on documents you've received from the the Philadelphia Revenue Department or you can call the agency at (215) 686-6600.

Register a new company

Income and Unemployment taxes

  1. Register for both tax accounts online using the PA-100 Enterprise Registration Form
  2. Click the Register online button and follow the prompts.
  3. You should receive your account number automatically after registering.
  4. The new employer rate for unemployment tax is generally 3.6785% (except for construction businesses which are assigned 10.1947%). You can enter this rate as you wait to receive an unemployment account number.

City of Pittsburgh Tax

If you do not yet have a number or will be paying an employee in Pittsburgh for the first time, you will need to register your business with the City of Pittsburgh and select the option for Payroll Expense Tax (ET-1). You should receive your number in 1-2 days after registering.

City of Philadelphia Tax

If you do not yet have a number or will be paying an employee in Philadelphia for the first time, you will need to register with the city of Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue to obtain your Tax Account Number. You should receive your number instantly after registering online.

Third party agent registration 

This step is required for all Gusto clients, and gives us the permission to file and pay taxes on your behalf. It only takes a few minutes and is 100% online, please follow the instructions:

  1. Visit the PA UC Management System and login using the green box on the right side of the screen.
  2. Click the Employer Profile tab on the top left corner of the screen.
  3. Click the Manage Representatives tab on the left side of the screen.
  4. Click the Add New Representative link in the middle of the page. 
  5. Enter: 2272162774 in as the Representative Identifier field. Enter today's date for the Effective Date, and select Filing Quarterly Reports and Adjustments for the Service Function. Then click Submit.  
  6. Click OK on the next page. ​
  7. You should now see "ZenPayroll, Inc" (Gusto) listed as a representative that has been requested.

For further details, follow the PA UC's step-by-step instruction guide.

To contact the UC Employer Contact Center call: (866) 403-6163, or if within the Harrisburg area: (717) 787-7679.

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