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How do I establish an unemployment tax account?

Your business may apply for an UI tax account number online or by mail.

Register online through the South Carolina Business One Stop (SCBOS) by creating an employer account or via S.C. Automated Tax System (SCATS). Based on the information you supply, DEW determines if you are liable for UI tax contributions. If liable, you will receive your employer account number and tax liability information by mail.

During the registration process on SCBOS, you will be asked to establish a Personal Identification Number (PIN) which is necessary to perform future online transactions such as:

If you are not able to register online, you may access a paper copy of the Employer Status Report Registration Form (UCE-151). This form must be printed and submitted by mail to

S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce
Employer Status Unit 
P.O. Box 995 
Columbia, SC 29202


Resources

Interactive Voice Response System

Once you have established an employer account with DEW, you can use our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system to access specific account information. The system is available from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily at 1-866-831-1726.

Through the IVR system employers can:

  1. File a report indicating you employed zero individuals in the most recently completed calendar quarter.
  2. Request 240 Certification – Each employer that pays its state UI taxes on time is allowed to claim a credit against its federal UI taxes. Each year, DEW certifies the tax rate, amount of taxable wages and amount of tax paid by each employer in the prior calendar year to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) through 940 Certifications. Employers that need a copy of the 940 Certification can make that request through the IVR. While the system only allows on 940 Certification request per day, if you need additional certifications you may call back the following day.
  3. Get you tax rate for the most recently completed calendar quarter.

To use the IVR system you will need a touch-tone telephone, your DEW employer account number and PIN.

Forgot your PIN?

Reset your PIN online or contact the UI Tax Department for assistance at 803-737-2400. View the Employer Guide to Resetting DEW Pin Online for step-by-step instructions.




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