When you purchase QuickBooks Payroll, you are assigned a 16-digit service key that is specific to your EIN and payroll service. You must enter this service key into QuickBooks to activate the payroll service in your QuickBooks file.

Note: If you are trying to add a new EIN to your existing subscription, see Add an EIN to existing Basic, Standard or Enhanced Payroll subscription.

To begin

  1. Select Next and then Finish.
  2. When the Payroll Update message appears, select OK.
  3. Restart QuickBooks Desktop. Now you are ready to start setting up payroll in QuickBooks!