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Electronic Payment Options for Employers

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) accepts Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments as well as credit card or debit card payments for Unemployment Insurance (UI) taxes. Please read the information below regarding the various Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment options.

Please contact UI General Accounting staff at (608) 266-5793 or email if you have further questions.

ACH Debit and ACH Credit Payments

Credit Card or Debit Card Payments

Payments Online Without UI Account Access

Wire Transfers

UI does not accept wire transfer payments at this time.

Please call UI at (608) 266-5793 if you have further questions.

Payment Plan for Delinquent UI Tax

Please contact a collections specialist at (608) 266-9700 or email if you are interested in setting up a payment plan for the delinquent tax on your UI account.

Required Electronic Payments for Some Employers

2007 Wisconsin Act 59 requires employers with a tax liability of at least $10,000 in the previous fiscal year to make all UI tax payments using electronic funds transfer (EFT) beginning the following January. This law change takes effect with tax payments made on or after January 1, 2009. Once employers initially become subject to this requirement, they must continue paying by EFT.

For employers with a tax liability of at least $10,000 in the previous fiscal year:

  • If you currently use EFT to pay your unemployment taxes, you must continue to pay electronically.
  • If you do not currently use EFT, all tax payments made on or after January 1, 2009, must be submitted by EFT.
  • If an employer service provider submits your payments, please inform the provider of these new payment requirements.

The new law provides penalties for non-compliance with the EFT payment requirements. Employers who do not pay electronically when required to do so will be assessed a penalty equal to $50 or 1/2 of 1% of the amount due, whichever is greater.