Register in Kentucky

You will need to register with these agencies in order for Gusto to file and pay your state taxes.

  • Kentucky Department of Revenue - withholding tax
  • Kentucky Office of Employment and Training - unemployment tax

Set up an existing company

Income tax withholding

Your Department of Revenue account number will be 6 digits. If you have a 9 digit number with 3 leading zeroes, please leave the zeroes off. The agency will assign you a deposit schedule of twice monthly, monthly, quarterly, or annually. You can find your account number will be on any return (K-1, K-1E, K-3 and K-3E) sent from the Kentucky Department of Revenue.

Unemployment tax

Your UI Kentucky Employer Identification Number (KEIN) number will be 9 digits (XX-XXXXXX-X), usually with two leading zeros. Please enter in the zeros into your Gusto account. Most companies are liable for state unemployment if they have paid $1500 in wages in a calendar quarter or had one employee in any part of 20 different weeks in a calendar year. Your KEIN account number will be on your Quarterly Unemployment Report (Form UI-3).

Your UI Rate appears next to the "UI Rate" section of the Notice of Contribution Rate that you receive from the KY Division of Unemployment Insurance. The rate generally ranges from 0.4%–9.25%. Please do not include the UI Tax Surcharge Rate, as this is automatically calculated by Gusto. Your rate may change from time to time, usually annually. Please make sure to update your rate in your Gusto account if the agency sends you a notice of rate change.

Register a new company

Register online with the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Once on the page, select Click here to create one. We recommend that you review the One Stop Overview for guidance on the registration process. You should receive your account number and deposit schedule in 1-2 days after registering online. Need help? Call the agency at (502) 564-3306.

To get your KEIN account number, register online with the Kentucky Office of Employment and TrainingGenerally the UI rate for a new employer is 2.7% except for the construction industry which is typically 9.00 - 10.00%. Need help? Visit the agency website or give them a call at (502) 564-2272.

Troubleshoot Department of Revenue authorization issues

Some agencies require special authorization for Gusto to pay or file your taxes.

To ensure successful authorization, please verify that the following information you have entered into Gusto matches what is on file with the Department of Revenue:

  • Official company name/address
  • FEIN - Federal Employment Identification Number
  • Withholding Tax Account Number

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 (502) 564-7287.


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