DES Unemployment Insurance Newsletter first Quarter | March 2019


The Department will no longer mail the quarterly Tax and Wage Reports (UC-018) forms.

What does this mean for you?

  • File, pay, and report changes quicker and with fewer processing steps online
  • Reduced mailing costs
  • More timely and accurate processing

To sign up to receive electronic filing reminders and updates from the department, please visit our website at


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, using 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.

The UI State Information Data Exchange (SIDES) system is a free service that employers can use to respond electronically to Notice to Employer (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 request for additional information.

For more information- Contact us:

• TWS /AZURE - UITAccounting@azdes.gov or (602) 771-6601

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

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

Did you know?

A Corporate Officer is a statutory employee pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) § 23-615 (A) (4) and, therefore, as an employee of the corporation all wages earned are reportable and taxed on the first $7,000 in a calendar year.

A.R.S. § 23-622 broadly defines “wages” as remuneration for services from whatever source.

Services to a corporation include, but are not limited to, executive, administrative, or manual and are continuous as a matter of economic reality.

NOTE: Corporations must pay reasonable compensation to a shareholder-employee in return for services that the employee provides to the corporation before non-wage distributions may be made to the shareholder-employee. The amount of reasonable compensation will never exceed the amount received by the shareholder either directly or indirectly.

For more information on reporting, please call (602) 771-3723

Why is a Corporate officer considered an employee?

A corporate officer may be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits because the corporation is an artificial entity as a matter of law, separate and apart from the corporate officer. The amount and duration of unemployment benefits potentially available to the corporate officer will depend on the wage credits from earnings and the conditions of separation from employment.

Stay in the know

Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) statutes: Please refer to Title 23, Chapter 4 Employment Security for the applicable statutes:

Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) rules: Please refer to Title 6, Chapter 3 Department of Economic Security-Unemployment Insurance for the applicable rules:

Let’s Work Together!

ARIZONA@WORK partners with employers throughout the state to meet their workforce needs. With locally based services, we have the network to connect people and jobs. By helping businesses succeed and grow, we lay the groundwork for a stronger Arizona economy. And by sharing the solutions you need to find the right employees - right here, right now -we’re committed to real teamwork with you. For further information - CONTACT US TODAY!

•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


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