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California State Agencies and Forms


California Department of Revenue - Click here

California Department of Industrial Relations - Click here


State Labor Laws:



Minimum Wage  $10.50

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Minimum Cash Wage (Tipped Employee) $10.50

Maximum Tip Credit: Not Allowed


Minimum Wage - $8.00 per hour, after July 1, 2014 it increases to no less than $9.00, and after January 1, 2016 no less than $10.00 per hour and $10.50 in 2017. Check city for different minimum wage.
Termination Pay - If fired pay immediately. If employee quits, pay within 72 hours or at once if 72 hours notice given.


Unemployment Insurance in California:
Taxable Wage Base  2017 (Unchanged from 2016)
New Employer Rate 2017 New Employer Rate (%)
  3.4 in 2017
UI Rate - Min - Max 2017 (% Taxable Wages) (Plus 0.1% employment tax assessed on most ERs)
  1.5 - 6.2
Employee Deduction
Voluntary Contribution Permitted
Period Effective   Calendar Year 2017


Report quarterly wages and contributions by filing Form DE 6 (Report of Wages) by the last day of the month following end of quarter.

Additional Surcharges/Fees that may apply

Employment Training Fund contribution of 0.10%.


California Income Tax Withholding:

  • Register as an employer by filing Form DE 1 or by clicking here
  • Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate, DE 4
  • Withholding Method = formula
  • Supplemental Rate = 10.23% for stock options bonuses. All other supplemental payments 6.6%.

Local taxes:

San Francisco payroll expense tax information here on page 5.
Rate is 1.5% of payroll. Business concerns with less than $2,500 of annual tax liability, are exempt from this tax

State Disability Insurance (SDI):

Maximum 2017 Taxables Earnings: $110,902 

Employee 2017 Deduction Rate (Unchanged from 2016): 0.9%

Employee 2017Maximum W/H: $998.12

Employer Contribution: None

New Hire Reporting:

Employment Development Department
New Employee Registry
PO Box 997016, MIC 96
West Sacramento, CA 95799-7016
Fax 916-319-4400
To file online click here

Remit Withholding for Child Support to:

PO Box 419064
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741
To file online click here

Reciprocal States

California has no reciprocal taxation agreements with other states, but residents of Arizona, Guam, Indiana, Oregon and Virginia are allowed a credit toward their California income tax liability for taxes paid to their home states.



The information on this web page is furnished with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal or accounting advice. If legal or expert services are required, contact your attorney or accounting professional.

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