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California Employment Development Department

California Department of Industrial Relations

Withholding Requirements:

  • Register as an employer by filing Form DE 1 or by clicking here
  • Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, DE 4
  • Withholding Method = formula
  • Supplemental Rate = 10.2% for stock options bonuses. All other supplemental payments 6.6%.

Local taxes:

San Francisco payroll expense tax information here on page 5.
Rate is 0.711% of payroll for 2018. Business concerns with less than $2,500 of annual tax liability, are exempt from this tax

State Unemployment Insurance (SUI):

Report quarterly wages and contributions by filing Form DE 6 (Report of Wages) by the last day of the month following end of quarter

Reserve ratio formula
Wage base is $7,000 for 2018
Rates range from 1.5% to 6.2% for 2018
Rates do not include Employment Training Fund contribution of 0.10%
Contribution rate Schedule F+
New employers use 3.40% for 2018

State Disability Insurance (SDI):

2018 - 1.0% on $114,967. of employee wages. Max tax is $1,149.67 for 2018

State Labor Laws:

Minimum Wage - $11.00 per hour January 1, 2018. Check city for different minimum wage.
Termination Pay - If fired pay immediately. If employee quits, pay within 72 hours or at once if 72 hours notice given.

New Hire Reporting:

Employment Development Department
New Employee Registry
PO Box 997016, MIC 96
West Sacramento, CA 95799-7016
Fax 916-319-4400
To file online click here

Remit Withholding for Child Support to:

PO Box 419064
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741
To file online click here

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