USA State Payroll Rates + Resources: State of Tennessee: Obtaining a TIN + Unemployment Insurance


This documentation outlines the processes and requirements associated with becoming a new employer in the state of Tennessee. Specifically, we will cover how to obtain a Tax Identification Number and Register for Unemployment Insurance. 

Good to Know!

Federal Employer requirements (obtaining a federal identification number, withholding of federal income tax, FICA, and filing of all applicable federal returns (FUTA, 940, 941, and 1099-C) will not be covered below - just Tennessee's requirements.  Click here for a basic (not all-inclusive) IRS checklist for Starting a New Business.

Register for Unemployment Insurance Tax Account Number

Good to Know!

If you have already applied for an unemployment insurance tax number, please skip to the next section.  

Every employer in Tennessee is required to fill out a Report to Determine Status, Application for Employer Number (LB-0441). Submitting this form will determine the status of your liability for unemployment insurance. If you are liable for unemployment insurance premiums in Tennessee, you will be assigned an eight-digit employer account number (e.g. 0000-000 0).

The completed application can be faxed to (615) 741-7214, or mailed to:

TN Dept of Labor and Workforce Development Division of Employment Security
Employer Accounts/Employer Services 
220 French Landing Drive, 3-B 
Nashville TN 37243-1002

Allow ten (10) business days for processing. The Employer Account number will be mailed to the address provided on the form.

For further information, see the Handbook for Employers