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New company registration in Tennessee

Unemployment tax

Every employer in Tennessee is required to fill out a Report to Determine Status, Application for Employer Number (LB-0441) and mail it in. If they determine you are liable, the Department of Labor & Workforce Development will send you an eight digit employer account number that will appear as XXXX-XXX X. You should receive this number in 2-3 weeks after registering.

Unemployment insurance rate

New employers in the state of Tennessee will generally have a tax rate of 2.7%. New construction employers in certain North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) sectors may be assessed a higher rate. New construction employers classified under NAICS 23 are assessed a tax rate of 6%. Each year your rate may potentially change twice, once effective January 1, and  once effective July 1(potentially).

If you receive an updated rate on your Notice of Premium Rate, please be sure to update your rate in Gusto and make sure to enter the correct effective date for the rate. You may call the agency at (615) 741-2486 if you're unsure of your rate.

Click here to view state-by-state new employer rates and wage bases.

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