Montana New Employer Information
Federal and State Tax Accounts
Federal Tax Accounts:
- Obtain an Employer Identification Number (also known as an EIN or FEIN) for your business if you do not already have one. The simplest (and preferred way) is to apply for an EIN with the IRS online. There is no cost to apply for an EIN.
- To read more about applying for an EIN, read our help article, “How to Apply for an EIN”
- While it’s not required, we recommend that you register for an EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System) account. You can easily register online. You will need to have this account to make tax payments online, or view payments made on your behalf by Patriot.
- To find out more about the EFTPS, please read our article, “What Is EFTPS?”
State of Montana Tax Accounts:
- You can register your business online using the Montana Taxpayer Access Point. This account will be needed for your income withholding tax account, also known as state income taxes (SIT).
- Montana new employers can register using the UI eServices for Employers. This account will be necessary for filing your state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxes.
- The Montana new employer State Unemployment (SUTA) rates are based on industry classification. Find the 2020 Montana new employer rates here.
- Please visit the Department of Labor and Industry for more information about Montana unemployment employer contribution rates. For 2020, use Schedule I.
- To learn more about SUTA, please read our article, “What Is SUTA?”
Setting Up Your New Employee:
- Employees need to fill out Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for federal income taxes. For state income tax, employees must fill out Montana Employee’s Withholding Allowance and Exemption Certificate
- For more information, read our help article, “Updates to the Income Tax Withholding Tables and What You Need to Know.”
Once you have all the necessary information, you will be able to set up your payroll for your business.
You will want to keep all payroll records for at least three years. For more information, please read our help article, “What Employers Should Know About Employee Payroll Records.”
Let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help!