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As an employer, once you start a business, you need to set up your unemployment insurance tax registration. This process essentially gets you set up to pay unemployment tax, which all employers contribute to in their states.

How to File Your Unemployment Insurance Tax Registration

Each state may have a slightly different process for this, so check with your state’s business licenses, permits & tax board to see what you need to do. Most likely, you will be able to register online, where you’ll answer questions about your business, such as the business structure (are you an LLC or corporation? sole proprietorship or partnership?), as well as the number of locations you operate and how many employees you have.

Once your unemployment insurance tax registration application is complete, you will be given a tax account number, and you’ll have the ability to pay your unemployment insurance taxes online or via mail.

Paying Unemployment Insurance Tax

You will need to pay your unemployment insurance tax regularly. Depending on how you set up your unemployment insurance tax registration, you may be required to pay biweekly, monthly, or quarterly. It’s important that you meet all your tax deadlines, or you risk paying late fees.

The amount you will have to pay will depend on several factors, including:

  • How many employees you have
  • How many past employees have claimed unemployment benefits
  • What your state charges

You will be assigned your tax rate when you complete your unemployment insurance tax registration application.

Why You Need Your Unemployment Insurance Tax Registration

You may grumble to pay more taxes on top of what you’re already paying. But unemployment insurance helps protect your employees. Even if you can’t imagine firing or laying any of your staff off, in the event that does happen down the road, your employees will be able to claim unemployment benefits, getting some money to help pay their bills until they find their next jobs.