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How do I find my MO Employer Account Number?

I received an employer tax number from my state but it is 8 numbers.  The program won't accept it because it is not 9 numbers and in the format 123456-78-9.   The state says that it is the correct number and account that I have, an employer withholding account.  Do I just put my number in there in that format and add a zero to the end? 

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How do I find my MO Employer Account Number?

Hi there, sdm6612.


Your Missouri Withholding Account Number (8 digits) is different from the Missouri Employer Account Number for state unemployment (10 or 14 digits).  


To get your Employer Account Number, click the links in the Help for New Employers section or visit their website. Let me share these links for more details:


Let me know if you have follow-up questions. I'll get back here to help you further. 


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How do I find my MO Employer Account Number?

What if the business is a 501(c)(3) corporation and not subject to SUI?


How do I find my MO Employer Account Number?

Hello @Mike_eL,


Thanks for dropping by here in the Community. I can share some details about what you can do if your business is not subject to SUI.


You can go to the Payroll settings section and ensure you select 501c3 Corp as the company type. Also, I suggest updating your employee information and change the filing status (Missouri state taxes) to Do not withhold (exempt).


To update the company type:


  1. Click the Gear icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Under Your Company, select Payroll Settings.
  3. Below Taxes, press General Tax Information.
  4. Choose 501c3 Corp for the company type. 
  5. Hit OK.
  6. Below Taxes, select State Taxes - MO
  7. Next to MO Employer Account Number, Enter "Applied For" or zeros. 
  8. Click OK.

For the steps to exempt an employee from SUI, here's how:


  1. Select Workers, then select Employees.
  2. Choose the name of the employee.
  3. On the Pay section select the edit (pencil icon).
  4. Under withholdings select the edit (pencil icon) or +Enter W-4 form
  5. Select Tax exemptions. Then choose the state tax to be exempted. 
  6. Select Done.
  7. A window pops up to inform you of your next steps, the taxes that are updated and whether or not you have to reimburse the employee in the next check.
  8. You will see adjustment checks on you paycheck list.

Additionally, I've attached a link you can use about exempting employee from certain taxes in QuickBooks: Employee payroll tax exemptions.


Please know that I'm just a post away if you have any other questions. Take care.

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