How do I establish an unemployment tax account?

Establishing a UI tax account for your business is easy. Go to our State Unemployment Insurance Tax System (SUITS) and click Employers under Register for an Account. To watch a video tutorial to guide you through the registration process click here.

Once you complete the registration process you will immediately be assigned an account number and can begin:

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


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 your 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 SUITS username/password or PIN?

SUITS login credentials no longer require a PIN. You will be prompted to create a username and password when you register and you will create security questions to help you recover that information if you forget or lose it.

If you use a PIN as part of your login credentials for the benefits system and have lost or forgotten the PIN, you will use the username and password created for SUITS. For security purposes, DEW is now accepting the same business credentials for both the benefits system and SUITS and moving away from the PIN/FEIN login information. PIN numbers cannot be reassigned or recovered for an account.

For more information about SUITS, click here.

To view the tutorial video library about SUITS, click here.


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