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UCMS Highlights

The Unemployment Compensation Management System, or UCMS, allows real-time, 24-hour access to employer account data in a secure environment. Some of the highlights are:
  • UCMS provides enhanced online access to documents, such as rate notices and general correspondence, as well as self-help information.
  • Employers, third-party administrators (TPA) and professional employer organizations (PEO) are able to access and update their demographic and contact information from their own self-service portal.
  • Paper power of attorney (POA) forms for tax-related issues are no longer accepted. An online interface has been developed for joint authorization by employers, TPAs and PEOs. All POA relationships must be reestablished in UCMS for those wishing to continue accessing specific client account data or taking specific actions within an employer account. Please note that the paper UC-1208 POA form is still required for UC Benefit purposes to create or change power of attorney for the notices of compensation charged, financial determination and relief from charge.
  • Employers may choose to receive an e-mail alert each time a form, correspondence or notice is generated for their account.
  • Online contribution rate estimation tools are available.
  • Employers and/or their representatives must file and pay UC quarterly reports via UCMS. Credit card, ACH credit and ACH debit are acceptable forms of electronic payment.
  • UCMS has been designed to allow more self-service options to electronically report employee wage and tax information:
    • Online reporting
    • File upload through the employer portal, or
    • File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
    The department no longer accepts magnetic media (magnetic tape cartridge, 3½-inch diskette, CD-R or DVD).
  • Contributions due are calculated immediately for online filers only. For upload and FTP filers, there could be up to a 48-hour delay.
  • An electronic filing handbook has been created to document the specifications and instructions for reporting via file upload or FTP.
  • TPAs can submit monthly client data files (pre-files) to ensure data integrity and accuracy when filing quarterly tax reports via FTP.
  • Employers have the option to utilize credits on future tax periods or have refunds directly deposited into their bank accounts.
  • Employers/TPAs can view their reporting and payment information online.
  • Contributory employers will be issued a quarterly statement of account for all delinquencies.
  • Employers can obtain FUTA certification online through their self-service portal.
  • Employers can submit contribution rate appeals online and, in some cases, receive an immediate response. During the rate appeal period, additional online tools will be available to calculate debit reserve account balance adjustment elections and voluntary contributions.
  • Employers, as well as other state agencies are able to perform online clearance inquiries.