Register in Washington D.C.
DC tax agencies
- DC Office of Tax and Revenue - income tax withholding
- DC Department of Employment Services - unemployment tax
Set up an existing company
If you've run payroll in Washington DC in the past, you can find your account number on notices received from the DC Office of Tax and Revenue or you can call the agency at (202) 759-1946.
You can find your unemployment account number on the Contribution Rate Note or Quarterly Contribution & Wage Report (Form DOES-UC30) received from the Department of Employment Services.
Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate: Your DC UI Tax Rate appears on the Rate Notice that you receive annually from the DC Department of Employment Services. It ranges from 1.8%–7.2% and has a wage base of $9,000. Please do not include the Administrative Assessment, it’s a fixed rate, so we’ll include it automatically.
If you're unsure of your account number or rate, you should call the agency at (202) 698-7550.
Register a new company
Income tax withholding
Register with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue. Make sure you have the required information listed at the top of the page and then click FR-500 New Business Registration (new registrations only) and follow the prompts. The online registration process can take 1-2 days. Please keep this time frame in mind when planning your first DC payroll. Once you have registered with the DC Office of Tax and Revenue you will also be notified of your tax deposit schedule. If you're unsure you should call the agency at (202) 727-4829 to confirm.
Register with the DC Department of Employment Services to get your account number. Once you have completed registration online, you should receive your account number and tax rate instantly.
Unemployment Insurance Tax Rate: Your DC UI Tax Rate appears on the Rate Notice that you receive annually from the DC Department of Employment Services. For new employers, the rate is generally 2.9% with a wage base of $9,000. If you’re unsure, verify your rate by calling the agency at (202) 724-7000. Please do not include the Administrative Assessment—it’s a fixed rate, so we’ll include it automatically.
Add Gusto as your third party agent
In order to add Gusto as your third party agent, you'll need to log in to your account through the DC DOES portal. Once logged in, this video will help walk you through how to setup Gusto as your TPA. Gusto's agent number is: DC1W8D.
- Note: Gusto’s legal business name, Zenpayroll, may populate as the Agent Name once the ID is entered — proceed as instructed.
Make sure to assign us with the following roles so that we can correctly make tax payments and filings on your behalf:
- Account Maintenance
- Payment Submissions
- Wage Reporting
Troubleshoot DC Department of Employment Services authorization issues
Some agencies require special authorization for Gusto to pay or file your taxes.
To ensure successful authorization, please verify the following information you have entered into Gusto matches the information found in your DC DOES webportal:
- Official company name/address
- FEIN - Federal Employment Identification Number
- Unemployment Account Number
If Gusto is still 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 (202) 724-7000.