North Carolina New Employer Information
Federal and State Tax Accounts
Federal Tax Accounts:
- If you don’t already have an Employer Identification Number (EIN, aka FEIN), you can easily 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, “Your Step-by-step Guide on How to Apply for EIN.”
State of North Carolina Tax Accounts:
- You can register your business online with the North Carolina Department of Revenue to obtain your tax ID number for state income tax withholding (SIT).
- You may also want to register for the electronic services for businesses with Department of Revenue. You will be able to file and pay SIT taxes, or view any transactions Patriot made on your behalf.
- You can register your business online for your state unemployment insurance (SUI) account with the Division of Employment Security Commission.
- Employers will receive a PIN number in the mail after an account number has been assigned. You can use the PIN to conduct business online with the Department of Employment Security and monitor your account.
- Employers in North Carolina will receive a new State Unemployment Tax Assessment (SUTA) rate after 12 months of paying into the system, and then every year after. For more information, please visit the North Carolina Division of Employment Security.
- The North Carolina new employer SUTA rate is 1% for 2021. You will need to know this when you are setting up your payroll tax settings.
- To learn more about SUTA please read our article, “What Is SUTA Tax?”
Setting Up Your New Employee:
- Fill out the required Form I-9 for employee work eligibility in the USA.
- The Form I-9 is a two-part form. The first section is filled out by the employee and the second part is to be filled out by the employer. To learn more, please read, “Form I-9 In a Nutshell.”
- You must retain each employee’s completed Form I-9 as long as the individual works for you. For more information, please read “What Should Be in an Employee File?”
- Employees need to fill out the Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Certificate for federal income taxes.
- For more information, read our help article, “Updates to the Income Tax Withholding Tables and What You Need to Know.”
- Form NC-4 is the state employee withholding allowance certificate for North Carolina.
- Employers need to report new hires online within 20 days of hire or rehire to the North Carolina Directory of New Hires.
- North Carolina’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
- By law, you are required to post the minimum wage poster for your employees.
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!
Disclaimer: This is not an all-inclusive list. For more information please contact your state and federal government agencies.