Marcia Hultman

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Reemployment Assistance Tax (formerly Unemployment Insurance Tax)

The Reemployment Assistance Tax Unit is responsible for identifying and registering subject employers, insuring wage reports are filed so benefit eligibility can be established, collecting taxes due, and auditing employers for compliance.

South Dakota's reemployment assistance program is financed by employers through payroll taxes. When a person becomes unemployed, benefits are paid to claimants if eligible by meeting conditions set by state law.

If you are a liable employer under state law, you may also be required to pay under the Federal Unemployment Insurance Tax Act (FUTA). This federal tax helps finance South Dakota Department of Labor Programs such as placement, labor market information and training of workers to meet industry needs; it also pays the administrative costs of the state reemployment assistance program.

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Employer News & Updates

Report No Shows and Refusals of Work or Refusals to Return to Work | Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft | Statement of Benefit Charges | 2022 Wage Base | Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits End | Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Nonprofits

Report No Shows, Refusal of Suitable Work or Interviews or Refusal to Return to Work After Layoff

Please visit our Refusal to Work page to report:

  • Individuals who refuse to interview or to accept a suitable job offer, do not show up for work, etc.
  • Employees who have been placed on temporary layoff but refuse to return to work or quit without good cause.

South Dakota Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft

Employers who suspect an unemployment benefits claim may have been filed using a stolen identity, see our Unemployment Benefit Identity Theft page for actions to take.

Third Quarter Statement of Benefit Charges Mailed

The third quarter statement of benefit charges were mailed out in early October. Self-insured employers should note: this balance reflects the 50% reimbursement provided under the Protecting Nonprofits from Catastrophic Cash Flow Strain Act.

2022 Wage Base and Rate Information

The wage base for calendar year 2022 will remain at $15,000. Rate notices for calendar year 2022 were mailed to employers on Oct. 29, 2021. If you have questions regarding your rate or need a replacement rate notice, please contact the Reemployment Assistance Tax Unit at 605.626.2312.

DLR Accepting Bulk Unemployment Claims

We are now accepting bulk unemployment claims from any employer laying off more than 50 workers. The employer can file on behalf of the individuals. This means individuals do not file an initial claim, but must complete the weekly request for payment. To get started, view our Employer Bulk Claims page.

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Benefits Programs Have Ended in South Dakota

All federal unemployment pandemic programs have ended in South Dakota. The last claim week to receive federal unemployment benefits if eligible was for the claim week ending June. 26. Any weekly requests for payment under review for weeks through the claim week ending June 26, 2021, will be made when and if an individual is found eligible.

Specific claim issues may continue to be directed to the Customer Service Center at 605.626.2452 or

DLR will continue to pay regular State claims. 

View our federal pandemic unemployment programs archival information.

PUA claimants had until the week ending Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, to upload proof of employment/self-employment or commencement of employment/self-employment documentation.

Unemployment Relief for Government Entities and Nonprofits

Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, federal funding for reimbursing employers was extended until Sept. 6, 2021. This also increases the reimbursement rate from 50% to 75% for the amounts of compensation paid for weeks of unemployment beginning with week ending April 10, 2021, and ending with week ending Sept. 4, 2021.

State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) and E-Response

The State Information Data Exchange System (SIDES) and SIDES E-Response offer employers and third-party administrators (TPA) — free of charge — secure, electronic and standardized format to supply the information needed for responding to reemployment assistance (RA) benefit claim notices/information requests rather than by U.S. Postal Service mail.

Tax Representatives Field Locations and Contact Information

Tax representatives of the Reemployment Assistance Tax Unit work directly with employers. See tax representatives field locations and contact information.

Important Dates

Quarterly Report Filing Deadlines
Quarter Filing Period Begins Due Dates
1st Quarter April 1 April 30
2nd Quarter July 1 July 31
3rd Quarter October 1 October 31
4th Quarter January 1 January 31
Reports must be received by the last day of the month following the end of the quarter.


New Employer Tax Rates
  RA Tax Investment Fee Administrative Fee
Non-Construction Construction
Year 1 1.20% 6.00% 0.55% Not Applicable
Years 2 & 3 1.00%* 3.00%* 0.55% Not Applicable
(*Applies to those with a positive account balance.)



Statements in this website are for general information and do not have the effect of law or regulation. The Reemployment Assistance Division's laws and regulations are contained in a publication available upon request.

Contact Us

Reemployment Assistance Division - Tax Unit
South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
420 S. Roosevelt
P.O. Box 4730
Aberdeen, SD 57402-4730
Phone: 605.626.2312
Fax: 605.626.3347