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State of California Electronic Filing & Payment Mandate

Since January 1, 2017, California employers with ten or more employees are required to electronically submit employment tax returns, wage reports and payroll tax deposits to the Employment Development Department (EDD). All remaining employers will be subject to this requirement beginning January 1, 2018.

Why does this matter to your clients?

There will be employer penalties for non-compliance with this E-file & E-pay mandate beginning in the first quarter of 2017.

How is BenefitMall currently filing and paying?

BenefitMall currently files electronically and pays by EFT/ACH Credit for all California employers that are neither in an “Applied For” status nor have any errors during submission of the return. The California clients that are in “Applied For” status will need to receive their EIN information from the state in order for BenefitMall to fulfill this new electronic filing and payment mandate before the first quarter 2017 filings are due. Your clients with rejections from the previous quarter will need to have those issues resolved prior to the first quarter’s close. Also, any errors that BenefitMall encounters when attempting to electronically file the quarterly returns will need to be addressed and resolved immediately to be resubmitted to the agency. Any employer quarterly return that contains electronic rejections that cannot be resolved will be submitted on paper -- resulting in client notices and penalties for not meeting the new E-file mandate.

Where can I find more information on this mandate?

To learn more about the California Mandate and what it could mean for you and your clients, click here!

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