How to open a payroll program account

A payroll program account is required to identify your business or organization when you remit payroll deductions.

If you don’t have a business number, you’ll get it as you open a payroll account.

What you need before you start

You must have the following information to open a payroll account:

  • date employees received their first wages
  • months covered for payroll of employees' wages
  • type of pay period (for example, weekly, quarterly)
  • number of employees
  • payroll service name (if any)
  • country of the parent company or affiliate, if you have a foreign owned corporation
  • name of franchisor (if any)
  • country of franchise's head office (if any)

Other ways to apply

Mail or fax

Fill out and send Form RC1, Request for a business number and certain program accounts, to your nearest tax service office or tax centre.

Phone

Call 1-800-959-5525 Monday to Friday (except holidays) from 9 am to 6 pm.

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