Important: Your payroll service key, which is provided when you subscribe to payroll, enables you to use QuickBooks Payroll. If you are not already subscribed, determine which payroll service is right for you and then sign up. To add a service key, you must be subscribed to payroll and have an EIN entered in the Company Information window.
To do this task
Go to the Employees menu and then click My Payroll Service.
What if the menu item isn't there?
You either do not have an active QuickBooks Payroll subscription or have configured your company file to process your payroll manually, without a QuickBooks Payroll subscription. To learn about your payroll options in QuickBooks:
Go to the Employees menu, click Payroll, and then click Learn About Payroll Options.
Go to the Employees menu and click Payroll Service Options, and then click Learn About Payroll Options.
Click Manage Service Key.
In the list of services, click a service you want to edit and click the Edit button.
In the QuickBooks Service Sign-Up window, change the service key in the
Service Key field.
I don't remember my service key
The Federal EIN field may be prefilled with your company's EIN. If it
isn't, go to the Company menu, click Company Information, and then enter
Click Next and then click Finish.
Adding a payroll service key
View details about a payroll service
Using the Service Keys window