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Using a Tax / Payroll Service

Many employers choose to use an accountant or tax service (Third Party Administrator) to assist with Unemployment Compensation (UC) tax reporting responsibilities. In the past, the department used a paper Power of Attorney form to acknowledge and document this relationship between the employer (Client) and the Third Party Administrator (TPA).

The relationship between client and TPA must now be documented electronically in the UC Management System (UCMS).


In many cases, the TPA has already registered in UCMS, and has received a 10-digit TPA identifier (Representative Identifier). Employers using a TPA must electronically register the Power of Attorney relationship in UCMS by "assigning" the TPA to their account. The TPA will receive a notification and must then log in to its own account and "accept" the association. This is called the "handshake."


Upon completion of the electronic handshake, the TPA is authorized to represent the client for the service(s) designated.

View a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) showing the steps needed for the employer to add a TPA.

NOTE: The Office of UC Benefits Policy and the Office of UC Service Centers will continue to use a paper Power of Attorney form for matters relative to UC benefits under the Pennsylvania UC Law. The UC-1208, PA Unemployment Compensation (UC) Benefits Address Confirmation and Power of Attorney is available on the Forms page.