Register in Rhode Island

Rhode Island tax agency

  • Rhode Island Division of Taxation - income tax withholding and unemployment tax

Set up an existing company

Income tax withholding 

Your withholding account number is the same as your FEIN.

Unemployment tax

Businesses that have run payroll in Rhode Island before can find their Employer Account Number on the Quarterly Wage Report (Form TX-17) or other notices received from the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. If you are unsure, you should call the agency at (401) 574-8829 for withholding tax registration questions or (401) 574-8700 for unemployment tax questions.

Unemployment experience rate

Your Rhode Island Experience Rate (tax rate) will appear on the Notice of Tax Rate that you receive from the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. Please do not include your Job Development Assessment (JDA) rate when adding your experience rate to Gusto. It generally ranges from 0.89–9.49%.

Register a new company

Income tax withholding and Unemployment tax

Register your business with the Rhode Island Division of Taxation online here for withholding and unemployment tax. Your withholding account number will be the same as your FEIN. Your RI Employer Account Number (Unemployment number) will be unique to your business. You should receive it within 3-5 days after registering. You will also be assigned a withholding deposit schedule during the online application process after selecting your wage threshold.

Unemployment experience rate

Your Rhode Island Experience Rate (tax rate) will appear on the Notice of Tax Rate that you receive from the Rhode Island Division of Taxation. Please do not include your Job Development Assessment (JDA) rate when adding your experience rate to Gusto. The new employer rate is typically 1.83% in 2018. If you're unsure of your rate, please call the agency at (401) 574-8700.

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