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New company registration in Florida

Florida Tax Agency

  • Florida Department of Revenue - unemployment tax

Register a new company

Most companies are liable to file and pay Reemployment tax if they have Quarterly payroll of $1500 or more in a calendar year or one or more employees for a day during any 20 weeks in a calendar year. Check with the agency to confirm your liability at (850) 717-6623.

  1. Go to the Florida Department of Revenue website and provide the requested information to obtain a Reemployment account. 
  2. Make sure that the mailing address at the beginning of the application is your company's own mailing address.
  3. Select no when answering the question: do you use a payroll agent (such as an accountant or bookkeeper) or firm that will maintain your payroll information?
    • The why: we don't receive mail on behalf of our customers—correspondence from the agency should go directly to the business so you can save all the original documentation and provide copies of them to outside stakeholders (like Gusto) as needed.
  4.  In the Enrollment Introduction section, for "Do you wish to file returns or pay tax electronically?" question:
    • If this is the only tax that you owe in Florida, mark No.
      • Gusto will complete your electronic enrollment for unemployment tax (known as Re-employment Tax in Florida). 
    • If you have other taxes you'll be filing for your business, like sales tax, mark Yes.
      • Then complete the Enrollment section using your business's information (i.e. your company's contact info, your company's banking information, etc). 

The agency will issue you an account in 3-5 days by mail.

Click here to view state-by-state new employer rates and wage bases. You can enter the new employer rate in your Gusto account as you wait to be issued an account number. 

Your final rate will appear as a decimal on the rate notice, convert it to a percent to update it in your Gusto account if needed. 

Troubleshoot Department of Revenue authorization issues

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

To ensure the success of your company’s enrollment under our unique agent number, please verify that the following information you have entered into Gusto matches what is on file with the Florida Department of Revenue:

  • Official company name/address
  • FEIN
  • RT Number (must be active)
  • Reemployment rate 

Verify the above information matches exactly what the agency has on file by giving them a call at (850) 488-6800.

If Gusto has notified you that we were unable to gain third party access to your Reemployment account, this could be for a few reasons.

  1. Your account is inactive.
    • Reemployment account numbers can be deemed no longer active if the activity of a business ceases over the course of 8 quarters or zero returns are filed for 8 consecutive quarters.
      • If your account has been inactive for less than two years please follow one of these processes:
        • Call the Department of Revenue at (850) 488-6800 and provide your federal identification number (FEIN) and your Reemployment account number to reactivate.
        • Request reactivation on the Florida Department of Revenue website. Fill out all applicable information. Be sure to click reactivate the account in Step 5. You will receive a confirmation that the account is reactivated within 5 business days.
      • If your account has been inactive for more than two years, please reactivate it online with the Florida Department of Revenue. Check the box next to "Are you starting a new taxable business activity at an already registered location?" to begin the process.
        • If you have any questions about the process you can contact the agency at (850) 488-6800.
  2. A previous service provider has third party access to the account.
    • You'll need to ask your previous provider to close their account as their TPA access overrides Gusto's attempts to obtain access.
  3. The account number you provided us is not valid.
    • Call the Department of Revenue at (850) 488-6800 to obtain your correct account number.
  4. The FEIN you provided us does not match the one you used to register for your Reemployment account number.
    • Call the Department of Revenue at (850) 488-6800 to verify the FEIN associated with your account, then check to make sure this is the number you have entered in your Gusto account. 

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