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New company registration in Ohio

Income tax withholding

  1. Register with the Ohio Business Gateway. Click here for info on how to register and click here to begin the registration process.
  2. You should receive your account number and deposit schedule instantly after registering online.
  3. Your account number will be 8-digits and will begin with 51, 52, 53, or 54.

Unemployment tax

Most companies are liable for state unemployment if they have one or more employees for part of a day in each of 20 different weeks in the current or preceding year or pay $1500 wages in any calendar quarter. You can check your liability and register online using the steps below.

  1. Register your business with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
  2. You should receive your number instantly after registering online, or 3-4 weeks if registering by mail.
  3. The unemployment rate for new employers is generally 2.7% (except for construction which is generally 6.0%). Please enter this number in your Gusto account.

RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency) 

If you you will be paying income tax in a local municipality administered by the RITA, you must register your business. Registration is available online

If you prefer to file by paper: 

Third party agent – Income tax

The Ohio Department of Taxation is changing its process for granting access to third party agents. Once they make the new steps available this article will be updated.

Troubleshoot TPA issues – Ohio Department of Taxation

In order to pay your withholding taxes to the Ohio Department of Taxation, Gusto will need to obtain Third Party Administration (TPA) access on your behalf. In order to ensure the success of the request, please ensure that the following information you have entered into Gusto matches what is on file with the Ohio Department of Taxation

  • Official company name
  • FEIN
  • Withholding Account Number

If Gusto is having trouble gaining access to your account to obtain TPA , please verify that the above information matches exactly what the agency has on file by giving them a call at (866) 644-6468. You’ll also want to ensure that you have assigned us the correct roles to your Ohio Department of Taxation account:

  • Ohio Taxation - Employer Withholding
  • Ohio Job & Family Services - UC Tax
  • Municipal Taxation - Withholding Tax

Third party agent – Unemployment tax

  1. Sign into your Employer Resource Information Center account.
  2. Navigate to the Manage My Account tab.
  3. In the Navigation Menu on the left, click Correspondence and Third Parties.
  4. Click Manage Service Functions.
  5. Select the Tax: Reporting and Payments box so that Gusto can file taxes on your behalf.
  6. Click Manage Association in the bottom right corner.
  7. Click TPA Search.
  8. Use the company name “ZenPayroll, Inc.” (Gusto) and our account number 6000008955, then click Search.
  9. Once you’ve located our company, click Submit.

Note: Use your current mailing address from the dropdown menu under the “Current Selection” section. This will route all mail correspondence to your business address.

Troubleshoot TPA issues – Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

In order to pay your unemployment taxes to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, Gusto will need to obtain Third Party Administration (TPA) access on your behalf. In order to ensure the success of the request, please ensure that the following information you have entered into Gusto matches what is on file with the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services:

  • Official company name
  • FEIN
  • Unemployment Account Number

If Gusto is having trouble gaining access to your account to obtain TPA , please verify that the above information matches exactly what the agency has on file by giving them a call at (614) 466-2319.