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What is a state EIN or account number?

SOLVEDby QuickBooksIntuit Online Payroll7Updated April 20, 2021

Overview

This article provides details about what a state employer identification number is, and how/where to obtain one.

Details

What is a state EIN or account number?

A state Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Employer Account Number (EAN) is a number assigned by a state government to an employer in order to track:

  • payroll tax liabilities and remittances
  • unemployment insurance liability

Some states assign separate employer numbers for different liabilities (e.g. one for income tax withholding, and another to track unemployment). Note that a state EIN is not the same as your Social Security Number or your federal EIN (FEIN or Tax ID).

Finding your state EIN

If you've registered as an employer with your state, you can find your state EIN on any correspondence from the state. See the questions below the state EIN field on the State Taxes page of your payroll account to learn where to look for your number on correspondence from your state.

Registering for your state EIN

If you have not yet registered:

  • See the questions below the state EIN field on the State Taxes page of your payroll account for contact information specific to your state.
  • Some state registration forms are available in our product by going to Taxes & Forms > Employer Setup.

Note: Before you register for any state EIN, you will first need a federal EIN.

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