Marcia Hultman

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Reemployment Assistance for Businesses (RA 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.

Employer News & Updates

If You Have Moved: Employer Address Verification

To ensure the Reemployment Assistance (RA) Division has your current address and to prevent a delay in receiving your RA Tax information, please provide your new address and information to

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.

2024 Wage Base and Rate Information

The wage base for calendar year 2024 will remain at $15,000. Rate notices for calendar year 2024 were mailed to employers on Oct. 31, 2023. 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 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.

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