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Unemployment taxes

In most cases, if you have employees working in Washington, you must pay unemployment taxes on their wages in this state.  Tax reports or tax and wage reports are due quarterly. Liable employers must submit a tax report every quarter, even if there are no paid employees that quarter and/or  taxes are unable to be paid.
PLEASE NOTE: Paid Family and Medical Leave and unemployment taxes are two separate programs and reports. The timeline for Paid Family and Medical Leave reporting and payments has changed. Employers should not file quarterly reports or remit premiums until July 2019. For more information, visit paidleave.wa.gov/employers.
To access required unemployment tax forms, please visit our Unemployment taxes forms and publications library.
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Filing wage reports and paying unemployment taxes

Tax reports or tax and wage reports, and unemployment tax payments can be filed and paid through our free and efficient online systems, or by submitting our original paper forms.

  • For filing tax reports or tax and wage reports online: Use Employer Account Management Services (EAMS) or UIWebTax to file your tax reports or tax and wage reports online.
  • For paying unemployment taxes: You may use either EAMS or ePay to pay your taxes. 

If you use EAMS, be sure to set up your online account in advance. If you choose ePay, become familiar with it before you need to use it to avoid last-minute set-up or compatibility issues.


Employer Account
 Management Services (EAMS)

All-in-one service for submitting wage reports, paying taxes and managing your account with us. Some of the following features require advanced access to Locked Services.

  • Save, amend, view and file wage reports.
  • Copy and paste employee data from quarter to quarter.
  • Auto-calculate excess wages.
  • Pay your taxes.
  • Check your tax rate.
  • Bulk-file multiple accounts or large payrolls
  • Access EAMS through SecureAccess Washington (SAW).

More details on how to use EAMS

Log-in to EAMS

UIWeb Tax

Use UIWeb Tax only for submitting tax and wage reports.

  • One-time filing of tax reports or tax and wage reports.
  • Useful for filing a no-payroll report or tax and wages for a small number of employees. 
  • No reports or data are saved.  Must re-key info each time.
  • Can't amend reports you've filed. Must separately amend tax report by filing an amended Tax & Wage Report.
  • No online tax-payment option included. Use ePay, or request our paper forms to mail your tax payment.

More details on how to use UIWeb Tax

Log-in to UIWeb Tax


Use ePay only for paying your unemployment taxes online.

  • To use ePay, you must have a confirmation number generated from UIWebTax or EAMS.

More details on how to use ePay

Log-in to ePay

Please use the latest revision (11/18/15) of the Quarterly Unemployment Insurance – Tax Summary (5208A) and Quarterly Unemployment Insurance – Wage Detail (5208B) forms.  Failure to use these revised forms usually results in reporting format penalties being charged to your ESD Account.  To request the latest forms, please call the Account Management Center at 855-829-9243.  Select Option 4.