Arizona Unemployment Insurance Tax Third Quarter 2020 NEWSLETTER

To support employers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Tax office is now providing virtual office services until further notice.

Contact these UI Tax units by phone or email for virtual assistance:

To reach the Client Advocate for Unemployment Insurance Tax, please email uitadvocate@azdes.gov

Returning to work - Guidance for employers and employees

As Arizona begins to re-energize our economy and more Arizonans return to work, public health remains at the forefront of everything we do. Many employers and employees may have questions about how resuming operations may affect UI benefits click the button below for more information.

Unemployment Fraud

Individuals who suspect UI fraud or believe they may have been a victim of identity theft and had their information used to file a fraudulent claim should report it to DES by clicking the button below.

To learn more about unemployment fraud and how to protect yourself, click the button below.

To stay up-to-date on DES COVID-relief resources for employers and employees.

Shared Work Program

DES has revised the Shared Work Program to support employers facing labor cuts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide maximum flexibility for expedited economic recovery. The program provides an alternative for employers faced with a reduction in force that allows an employer to divide available work or hours among a specified group of affected employees in lieu of a layoff. The program allows the employees to receive a portion of UI benefits while working reduced hours. Learn more about the Shared Work Program by clicking the button below.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

An inclusive labor force can boost creativity and productivity, widen employee perspectives, improve staff morale and much more. Use our NEW Employer Toolkit to learn about diversifying your workplace by hiring Arizonans with disabilities by clicking the button below.


The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) has gathered resources to support businesses and employees as they help combat the spread of COVID-19. Details are available by clicking the button below. This site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.

The IRS has announced a new employee retention credit available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19. Details are available by clicking the button below.

Tax and Wage Reports (UC-018) must be filed with the department, by the end of the month following the end of the quarter.

•1st Quarter (January - March) Due by 4/30

•2nd Quarter (April - June) Due by 7/31

•3rd Quarter (July - September) Due by 10/31

•4th Quarter (October- December) Due 1/31

Wage Reporting

All wages paid must be reported for the quarter in which they were paid

•Taxable Wages = $7,000 per employee per calendar year

•Gross Wages = Total wages paid to each employee

•Excess Wages = Gross Wages – Taxable Wages


File your Quarterly Tax and Wage Report online at www.azuitax.gov

The online Tax and Wage System (TWS) allows employers with up to 34,000 employees to:

  • File a Quarterly Tax and Wage Report
  • Make a Payment (ACH Debit)
  • Report Address and Business Changes
  • View / Print copies of Quarterly Filings previously filed via the internet

AZURE is a bulk file upload server to server process that uses a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

  • Electronically transmit up to 5,000 Tax and Wage Reports per file
  • Make a Payment (ACH Credit)
  • Receive Electronic Acknowledgment

The Internet Response Module for Employers (IRME) allows employers to respond to Wage Audit Notices electronically. Prompt response to these notices reduces improper payments, decreasing charges to your UI account to stabilize future tax rates.

IRME - WageAuditUnit@azdes.gov or (602) 364-4300

The UI State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) is a free service that employers can use to respond electronically to Notice to Employer (form UB-110) requests for separation information regarding former employees. Use SIDES E-Response to reduce mailing costs, increase response timeliness, decrease overpayments and provide accurate and complete information initially to reduce requests for additional information.

SIDES E-Response - UIAClientAdvocate@azdes.gov or (602) 542-5954

Let’s Work Together!

ARIZONA@WORK wants to help you Return Stronger by connecting you to a qualified labor force at no-cost. Contact us today at DERSAZEMPLOYER@AZDES.GOV to host a virtual job fair, post your openings on AJC, and for additional recruitment assistance.

  • To learn about creating a Registered Apprenticeship program, visit www.azapprenticeship.com
  • To qualify for Workforce Opportunity Tax Credits, email WOTC@azdes.gov or call (602) 771-0899

Additional ways ARIZONA@WORK can help your business Return Stronger watch the video below.

•Job Posting / Recruitment Assistance- http://www.arizonaatwork.com/ or ESAW@azdes.gov

•Apprenticeship - www.azapprenticeship.com

•Vocational Rehabilitation Services - TStump@azdes.gov

•Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit- WOTC@azdes.gov or (602) 771-0899


General Unemployment Questions / Information

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