E-file and E-pay Mandate for Employers
Assembly Bill 1245
Assembly Bill (AB) 1245 requires all employers to submit their employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits electronically. e-Services for Business is the fast, easy, and secure way to manage your employer payroll tax account online.
e-Services for Business
Use e-Services for Business to comply with the e-file and e-pay mandate. You can manage your employer payroll tax account, and:
- Register, close, or re-open an employer payroll tax account.
- File, adjust, and print returns and reports.
- Make payments.
- Protest Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit charges or UI rates.
- Authorize a power of attorney.
- Report changes to your business.
- View notices and letters.
- Report new employees or independent contractors.
- View refund information.
- Request a transfer of a reserve account.
e-Services for Business includes these benefits:
- Provides immediate confirmation when your return, report, or payment is submitted.
- Processes returns and payments faster than by mail.
- Increases data accuracy and protects data through encryption.
- Saves time by storing basic account information for future transactions.
- Reduces paper and mailing costs and eliminates lost mail.
- Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
The e-file and e-pay mandate has a waiver provision if you are unable to submit your employment tax returns, wage reports, and payroll tax deposits electronically.
To request a waiver, you must complete and submit the E-file and E-pay Mandate Waiver Request (DE 1245W) (PDF). If you can’t download and print this form, you can contact the Taxpayer Assistance Center at 1-888-745-3886 or visit an Employment Tax Office.
For instructions on how to complete the E-file and E-pay Mandate Waiver Request, refer to page 2 of the DE 1245W.
Fax waiver requests to 1-916-255-1181 or mail them to:
Employment Development Department
Document and Information Management Center
PO Box 989779
West Sacramento, CA 95798-9779
Note: Waiver requests will only be accepted by mail or fax.
You will be notified by mail if your waiver is approved or denied. An approved waiver is valid for one year only. After the 12-month waiver ends, you must file and pay electronically, or submit a new waiver request to avoid a non-compliance penalty.
Penalties for Non-Compliance
You will be charged penalties for non-compliance of the e-file and e-pay mandate per sections 1112(b), 1112.1, and 1114(b) of the California Unemployment Insurance Code. You can use e-Services for Business to meet the requirements of the mandate and avoid penalties.
Note: Noncompliance penalties will be charged even if filing a paper tax return to report no wages were paid. If you are no longer paying wages, you must close your employer payroll tax account. Once your account is closed, you are not required to file a tax return or wage report for periods after the closure date.
||$50 per return|
||$20 per wage item|
||15% of amount due|
Other Electronic Filing and Payment Options
The following options also meet the e-file and e-pay mandate:
- Federal/State Employment Taxes (FSET) - Bulk Transmissions
- Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
- State Data Collector.
- Automated Clearing House (ACH) Credit.
- Credit and Debit Card
- o ACI Payments, Inc. administers our credit and debit card program (with a convenience fee). The convenience fee is not paid to the EDD.
- Cash payments can be sent electronically from a convenient PayNearMe location and are subject to a $5.99 transaction fee.
- Express Pay